Principal Manufacturing Engineer

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Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in the support of manufacturing activities for nuclear submarine programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

As a Principal Manufacturing Engineer, you will be part of the Manufacturing System of Work (MSoW) Deployment team working closely with the operational teams within manufacturing and construction areas. You will be reporting into the Manufacturing Engineering Manager. The primary function of the role is to lead the facility introduction of a future manufacturing system (MSoW), that will provide an improved planning system capability, a robust mechanism for delivering comprehensive data packs to the operational areas, whilst consuming the appropriate bills of materials at the appropriate points in time, controlling and collating the “As Built” data records allowing build reconciliation.

The future system capability is essential to the flow of the design intent, maintaining a digital thread through the manufacturing process, providing assurance that this has been clearly communicated and recorded.

This diverse role will provide you with the opportunity to work on current and new manufacturing systems and technology, helping to shape and enhance ways of working and supporting one of the largest projects in the shipyard.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer will involve:

Support the alignment of the manufacturing system with the business processes

Stakeholder management and engagement within the production facilities

Deploying revised working methods/ processes to the shop floor

Learning and understanding the operational capability on the manufacturing execution system

Training staff in the operation of the manufacturing execution system

Deploying the system capabilities required to support the through-life manufacturing of the products, by providing and maintaining data content/integrity of IT systems and defining infrastructure requirements

Briefing/ communicating the MSoW project to all relevant facility stakeholders

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer:


HNC/HND or equivalent qualification or experience

Sound working knowledge of SAP (or ERP/MRP) operation/ transactions

Stakeholder management experience

Previous shop floor/trade background such as: mechanical fitter, pipe fitter, manufacturing engineer or electrician to enable you to understand processes & potential problems


Previous experience of deploying/ operating a shop floor Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or similar shop floor control system

What we're looking for in you:

You will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to influence others and challenge in a constructive manner. You must also be a team-player who is organised and able to prioritise your workload.

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.

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.

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