Principal Engineer - Naval Architecture (In-service)

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Location:South Gloucestershire

Principal Engineer – Naval Architecture (In-Service)

Would you like to play a key role within the Submarines Enterprise and support the in-service engineering activities that enable safe, available and capable submarines to effectively support UK defence? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer – Naval Architecture (In-Service) at either of our sites in Filton/Portsmouth/Devonport/New Malden.

As a Principal Engineer – Naval Architecture (In-Service), you will be working within the In-Service Engineering team, using your expertise to support submarine platforms and ensure availability through-life, providing advice to the MoD Customers, design change team and other Industry Partners.

This role will provide you with a unique opportunity to challenge your technical skills by contributing to one of the most complex and important engineering programmes in the world today. This role will give you access to future opportunities for progression either within the team or wider business.

Please note occasional travel to other sites will be required.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer – Naval Architecture (In-Service) will involve:

Undertaking design and analysis tasks to support submarine improvements in-service

Supporting the definition and development of user requirements, formulating the bid through to contract award, undertaking the work and acceptance phases

Supporting structural and shock assessments

Conducting assessments of buoyancy and stability characteristics to support management of stability for boats in water

Making predictions of manoeuvring and control performance through mathematical, computational and physical modelling methods

Supporting Trim and Inclining experiments on submarines and analysis of data

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Engineer – Naval Architecture (In-Service):


Degree or equivalent qualification in Naval Architecture/Marine Technology/Ship Science

Knowledge and understanding of marine product design standards and processes

Competency in the use of design and analytical tools such as Solid works or Paramarine

Experience with lifecycle processes


Chartered Engineer or working towards professional registration

Ideally, an understanding of MOD/Royal Navy Submarine In-Service support policies, operation and organisation

Knowledge of Stability analysis, using packages such as Aveva or FORAN

Submarine design, Whole Boat knowledge and operations

Understanding of Hydrodynamic analysis, including CFD tools such as FLUENT or STARCCM+

Demonstrable experience of model testing and trials

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills, able to engage with and manage a broad range of key external and internal stakeholders. You will be collaborative in your approach in order to build positive, effective and trusted relationships, able to challenge and influence when required.

Location: Filton/Portsmouth/Devonport/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.

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.