Principal Combat Systems Engineer - Hardware


Principal Combat Systems Engineer - Hardware

Would you like the opportunity to perform a Ship Support engineering role within the Joint Support Solutions 2 (JSS2) Ship Service Team and help shape the future of combat systems?

We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Combat Systems Engineer – Hardware within the JSS2 Ship Service team based at our site in Broad Oak, to support the in service platforms.

JSS2 provides long-term in-service support for the Combat Management System (CMS) for a number of Royal Navy Ships including the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the Type 45 Destroyers, the Type 23 Frigates and the LPD platforms. The CMS is based around a distributed network of essentially COTS based PCs running commercial operating systems such as Windows and Linux.

As a Principal Combat Systems Engineer - Hardware, you will be working on, and supporting a number of different ship classes and combat management systems from the two new carriers to Mine Hunters. You will be required on occasion to represent BAE Systems at customer acceptance events.

This role will also provide you with a unique experience to support a number of different ship classes and a number of different systems including Black Boxes and Shared Infrastructure, which will help to build your skills and knowledge across wider elements of the business.

This role will require occasional travel both domestically and potentially overseas.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Combat Systems Engineer - Hardware will involve:

Support prioritising and rectifying of OPDEF’s (operation defects) in a timely manner through ship visit or technical support to RN maintainers

Assess and draft responses to technical queries, with support from colleagues or subcontractors as required

Carrying out equipment modifications or upgrades and update supporting documentation

Be the senior Ship Support engineer on-board when performing maintenance on ships

Your skills and qualifications:

Knowledge of the currently deployed combat system equipment architecture or similar naval combat systems based on COTS technology across the lifecycle phases including physical aspects

Demonstrable experience in a hardware domain

The ability to lead and communicate progress and issues.

Stakeholder engagement

Ability to operate in a large, complex multi-project environment

Knowledge of ships and communication of Royal Navy ships is preferred

What we're looking for in you

You will be highly self-motivated and strive for “zero defects” and “zero rework” in your own work. Alongside you will a team player with good communication skills. You will understand quality performance and actively seek improvement.

Location: Broad Oak

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.

BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

Our Naval Ships business

We design and manufacture a range of naval ships and state of the art combat systems and equipment, giving customers the capability to fulfil extensive naval operations. From offshore patrol vessels through to the latest City Class Type 26 frigates that we are building for the UK Royal Navy, and the Australian Hunter Class and Canadian Surface Combatant, we are a business that operates on a truly global platform and can offer a wide range of opportunities where you can play your part in these challenging and exciting projects.

Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK naval engineering business. Our aim is to recruit the very best talent and we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds, with many different skills, experience and perspectives. We offer the flexibility you need to do what’s important to you, whether that’s job sharing, home working, or simply the ability to flex your start and stop times. Where practical, we’ll support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your full potential.

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.