Principal Safety Engineer

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Principal Safety Engineer

Would you like to play a critical role in the development of a robust safety case for a nuclear submarine platform? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Safety Engineer at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Safety Engineer, you will be working within the Whole Boat Product Safety department, as part of the wider Engineering Function on the Dreadnought Submarine programme. There are several teams covering Function and System-level analysis and justification within the Whole Boat Product Safety Department; One of these teams is the Complex Systems Team, and this role is to act as the Lead Engineer of that team. This role will primarily focus on the product safety elements of software systems for the submarine platform.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to be part of an exciting, dynamic team that is responsible for developing a Product Safety Case for one of the largest and most complex products that is being manufactured in the UK at present.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Safety Engineer will involve:

Contributing to the development of a Product Safety case for the submarine platform

Identifying system and functional hazards using techniques such as: HAZOP, SWIFT, Functional Hazard Assessments etc.

Undertaking system and functional complex analysis using analysis techniques such as: Fault Tree and Event Tree Analysis

Production of Functional Level safety justifications

Reviewing System Level safety justifications to support the Functional Level safety justification

Providing guidance on all aspects of Product Safety to Engineers within the function

Liaison on all aspects of the Product Safety case with an intelligent customer and equipment suppliers

Attending and contributing to design reviews

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Safety Engineer:


Degree or equivalent, in a relevant STEM subject such as Engineering, Mathematics or Physics

Experience in using safety standards and guidance: E.g. IEC61508, DO178, DEF-STAN-00-56, ARP-4761

Experience in a number of the following activities:

  • Production Functional Safety justifications;

  • Deriving Safety Function Requirements (SFRs);

  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA);

  • Event Tree Analysis (ETA);

  • Accident Sequence Modelling (ASM)


Leadership experience

Chartered status

What we're looking for in you:

You must be an excellent communicator, with the ability to work well as part of a team. You must also be driven and organised to succeed and deliver a quality product in an appropriate timescale.

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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