Principal Manufacturing Engineer

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Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Would you like to play a key role within the Submarine Manufacturing Engineering team? Due to a period of growth, we currently have several opportunities for Principal Manufacturing Engineers within the following disciplines at our site in Barrow-in-Furness:

  • Manufacturing
Build Planning
  • Build
Line Support
  • Dimensional
  • Build
  • Assurance
and Governance
  • Jig
and Tool

These roles will provide you with an opportunity to work with a wide range of responsibilities and disciplines, offering the opportunity to develop into more specialised areas. You will also have the chance to influence and embed manufacturing engineering into the business.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer will involve:

Leading and managing a team; planning and co-coordinating their activities to meet departmental and business requirements, including responsibility for training and development

Providing specialist advice, product or process knowledge, to meet output requirements

Utilising innovation and creativity to solve manufacturing issues and implement continuous improvement

Managing scheduling, planning, budgets, performance, task management, delegation, activity delivery, configuration control stages and detailed gate reviews, as well as providing governance of outputs prior to formal release

Chairing technical meetings and reviews (as necessary), that support the Manufacturing Engineering end deliverables

Liaising with and managing stakeholders, including internal and external customers, as appropriate

Utilising appropriate tools (hardware, software and process etc.) to deliver the necessary outcomes, such as Life Cycle Management, Production Systems etc.

Acting as a technical lead for a sub-discipline area and acting as an approved signatory

Providing supporting information to Senior Management to determine the team resourcing requirements and maintaining the correct staffing levels in line with the agreed Engineering Plan

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer:


Background in either Manufacturing Engineering or Design Engineering

Degree or equivalent in STEM subject

A good understanding of Manufacturing Engineering


Understanding of Manufacturing Execution Systems

Material Requirements Planning Toolset experience

Manufacturing experience, multiple methods/ techniques

Charted Engineer or evidence of suitable qualifications and experience enabling CEng to be achieved

What we're looking for in you:

You will have the ability to analyse complex problems and identify and prioritise the most critical issues. You will also have the ability to deliver results within timescales and cost (with safety considerations first at all times). You will be a natural communicator, who is able to successfully build and maintain working relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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

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 – Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and 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.

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