Engineering Manager - Combat Systems

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Location:United Kingdom

Engineering Manager – Combat Systems

Would you like to play a key role leading the overall engineering management of the design, development and integration activities of a number of complex projects delivering to our MOD customers? We currently have vacancies for a number of Engineering Managers to join our Combat Systems teams in Portsmouth (Broad Oak), Frimley or New Malden.

As Engineering Manager, you will be leading the team through a variety of complex projects, from concept and early design to development, manufacture, qualification and acceptances activities. Managing the engineering resource, you will be responsible for the development of the engineering design and production output data for the individual project to deliver within cost, schedule and quality targets.With existing management experience you’ll need to have knowledge of engineering lifecycle management ideally from a maritime background but if you’ve never considered the defence industry this is an exciting opportunity to work on a variety of really interesting projects where no two days are the same.

This could involve delivery of our new virtualised shared infrastructure product to the Type 45 destroyers or Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft carriers, or delivery of one of our many combat system equipment products to the Type 23 or new Type 26 frigates.

Naval Ships Combat Systems design, develop, integrate and support combat systems that enable navies to protect nations. We provide a range of combat system products and services that support ships throughout their lives, working with our customers to ensure they can respond to ever-evolving maritime threats

Your main responsibilities as an Engineering Manager will involve:

Working with the Senior Technical Leads and Project Managers to deliver all aspects of engineering deliverables

Ensuring delivery of engineering effort to budget and schedule including work package allocation & tracking potentially with Earned Value Management (EVM)

Leading estimation of engineering activities for cost-to-complete exercises and when bidding for additional work

Managing & motivating the engineering team including capability development & succession planning for team roles

Leading the development & execution of team resource plans including forward load forecasting & reassignment of engineers

Your skills and qualifications as an Engineering Manager


Ability to operate in a complex multi-project environment preferably in IT/systems

Understanding of multiple aspects and areas – Software, Systems, Hardware, Integration

Product lifecycle management experience

Previous engineering management experience

Knowledge of PM tools sets including Earned Value (EV) & Risk

Knowledge of Atlassian software development tool


Combat Management Systems delivery experience is highly desirable

Customer liaison experience is highly desirable

Degree qualified

Chartered engineer or working towards

What we're looking for in you:

You will have good technical knowledge and be able to demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to draw individuals together from different areas within the business, so strong stakeholder engagement skills is a must. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently with little direction within a complex business and provide strong technical guidance while liaising with individuals at all levels.

Location: Portsmouth (Broad oak), Frimley or New Malden

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.

Combat Systems

We design, develop, integrate and provide through-life support to naval combat systems that enable navies to protect nations. Vital information from ship sensors such as radar and sonar, are captured through our core product, the Combat Management System. This advanced technological capability allows ships crews to rapidly respond to potentially life-threatening situations.

In using this cutting-edge technology, we are at the forefront of defence system integration. Our products feature across the Royal Navy’s surface fleet aboard Type 23 frigates, Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, under construction by BAE Systems in Glasgow, will also use the next generation of our combat systems.

We pride ourselves on being the combat systems integrator of choice, not only integrating our own products, but those of other defence companies too in delivering combat systems for both the Royal Navy and international customers.

We offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop with us. The health and well-being of our employees matters to us and that’s why we offer the flexibility for you 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.