Senior Design Engineer

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Senior Design Engineer

Would you like to work with our design team working across the entire Royal Navy fleet? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Design Engineer at our site in Portsmouth.

As a Senior Design Engineer, you will be undertaking a defined range of detail design activities in line with all the relevant processes and quality requirements. You will be supplying advice and support to operations and other functions and organise and co-ordinate aspects of detail design activity ensuring defined objectives are achieved whilst continually maintaining quality and service requirements.

This role will provide you with an opportunity to work across design services with our key stakeholders and customers. You will have the opportunity to experience a diversity of work as no two days are the same with travel involved to work in our UK locations and across the world.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Design Engineer are as follows:

Support the developing, maintaining and modifying engineering processes and procedures in assigned areas in response to technical developments and operational need.

Produce and develop complex designs in line with specifications and all quality and technical standards, and carry out detail design appraisals in assigned areas to ensure all standards are maintained, taking due cognisance of Design for Production.

Carry out investigations into operational problems or developments and develop and prepare solutions, individually or as a member of a design team.

Support the development of best practice to increase the capability, performance of tools and processes

Identify training requirements, skills gaps and development requirements of own discipline

Undertake task verification/checking of other Design Engineer’s work as directed by Principal Engineering Manager.

Lead and conduct ship trials, surveys and engineering support activities.

Additional Key Accountabilities:

Keep up to date in relevant technical areas, develop skills and capabilities to be able to provide more effective services (seeking and sharing good practice and knowledge to continuously improve practices), and supply technical support and expertise to others as required.

Provide help and direction to less experienced team members to support both their effective working and their development.

Manage assigned budgets and lead, develop and motivate assigned employees to ensure they are aware of and capable of delivering their accountabilities.

Make engineering decisions within own sphere of responsibility and delegated authority

Compile accurate estimates

Compile statements of Works (SOW,s) on behalf of customer when required.

Your skills and qualifications:


Proficient in Auto-Cad or Inventor or equivalent

Required to be the lead designer on a project and coordinate the input of a team of designers.

Mentors Design engineers within their discipline and cross discipline teams, providing advice and guidance on requirements, policies, standards and processes

Job requires ability to make high level judgments to meet exacting specifications and requirements.

Be able to provide information that will be analysed and used by others to deliver the solution.

Carry out calculations to determine engineering outputs relevant to own discipline.

Carry out and lead in depth feasibilities studies.

Have the capability of engineering support fault finding to diagnose and rectify electrical defects as required during trials or when the customer demands.

Requires an understanding of how activities of own team interrelates and interacts with other functional areas aligned to the same contract or project.

Understands in detail the technical specification aligned to the functional area of activity.Can manage requirements and identify scope change.

A full understanding of the external environment including the MoD structure and their engineering processes.

Can apply the relevant Business processes to developing their outputs


Fluid Flow dynamics or similar

What we're looking for in you:

Requires very strong communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills

Required to influence, guide and convince others to adopt a particular course of action.

Required to exchange complex engineering design information at Design Reviews

Location: Portsmouth

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.