Principal Hardware Engineer - Safety

Last updated 10 days ago
Location:Greater London

Hardware Engineer (Safety)

Would you like to play a key role in the development of a unique hardware product which supports the Royal Navy? We currently have a vacancy for a Hardware Engineer who will focus on product safety & design certification, this role will be based at our site in New Malden.

As a Hardware Engineer you will be undertaking a defined range of hardware engineering activities relevant to the development of naval command, control and combat system equipment in line with all relevant processes and quality requirements under the direction of the Hardware Engineering team leader. This role plays a key part in hardware related test & acceptance activities and will be responsible to produce technical file documentation so previous experience of this is key.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work on diverse projects where you will be supporting the development of the latest Navy platforms that use cutting edge technology.

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 a Hardware Engineer will involve:

Develop design specifications; and carry out design and development activities in line with specifications and all quality & technical standards with minimal guidance

Carry out technical analyses and investigations, including evaluation and selection of technical options, and prepare reports with suggested recommendations to support the design of improvements.

Take a central role in hardware related test & acceptance activities; and produce technical file documentation for products in order to provide evidence of conformity with the relevant legislation and in support of Product Safety & Design Certification activities as required.

Produce specifications for components/assemblies/sub-systems within their area of responsibility and placed on a procurement sub-contract; and provide technical support during the procurement lifecycle

Liaise with customers and/or suppliers in assigned areas on engineering matters.

Support build, assembly and installation of equipment to authorised design & installation specifications

Your skills and qualifications:


In-depth working knowledge of Product Safety & a good understanding of the principles of Design Certification

Have a good working and demonstrable knowledge of safety standards applicable to Information and Communication Technology equipment or similar

Experience of equipment design and development: making extensive use of available COTS technologies including embedded processing, server and networking technology; and industry standard and bespoke interfaces

Extensive experience in the development of mains powered equipment

Experience with COTS enclosures, cabinet design, wiring schedules, power distribution etc.

Good knowledge/experience working across the whole development lifecycle for physical equipment

Degree/HNC/HND qualified or equivalent experience in relevant field


Knowledge of combat system equipment architecture or similar Naval combat systems

Either an incorporated/chartered engineer or willing to work towards

Appreciation/understanding of EMC and compliance testing

Appreciation of environmental compliance testing

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a proactive and enthusiastic individual, with strong attention to detail and a determined work ethic. Furthermore you will be highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed, even if there are setbacks, and have an aspiration to lead teams in the future.

Also you will have excellent communication skills which will allow you to liaise with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

Location: 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.

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.

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 part time hours, 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.

Attracting and retaining the sharpest minds is essential for a globally competitive UK naval engineering business. BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer and our aim is to recruit the very best talent and we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds, with many different skills, experience and perspectives. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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.