ILS Engineer - Technical Author

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Technical Author

Would you like to play a pivotal part in the delivery of Support Information Documentation for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Program? We currently have a vacancy for a Technical Author at our site in Portsmouth. Training in this field can be provided for the right individual.

As a Technical Author, you will contribute to the development and delivery of Support Information Documentation for the entire ship, in the form of an Interactive Electronic Technical Publication (IETP). The IETP will inform Royal Navy staff how to safely operate, maintain, diagnose and repair all T26 systems and equipment fitted to the ship.

This role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to work alongside suppliers worldwide in the development of the UK’s most advanced generation of global combat ships.

Your main responsibilities as a Technical Author will involve:

Liaising with Supply Chain to arrange and manage meetings with equipment suppliers to ensure they will deliver to the requirements placed on them.

Review supplier deliveries against their contracted requirements and coordinating reviews with other Support and Engineering functions to ensure they have been met.

Producing production specifications for sub-contracted production and effectively managing the lifecycle of the sub-contracted packages.

Responsibility for managing support information specific subcontractors, in collaboration with the Supply Chain team, to ensure timely, compliant deliveries.

Manage technical documentation in a Common Source Database (CSDB) environment through to IETP creation.

Your skills and qualifications:


Practical experience in production and authoring of technical documentation

Experience using/implementing S1000D, SGML, XML

HNC/ HND/ Degree or equivalent level qualification in relevant discipline

Good communication skills enabling technical discussions with internal customers and suppliers.


Engineering Background, Mechanical/Electrical/Weapons

Experience using authoring packages (Arbortext/FrameMaker etc.)

Experience of working within a CSDB

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a forward thinking and analytic person with excellent problem-solving skills. You will work well to you own initiative, being flexible and adaptable to change, as well as working well in a team environment.

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.