Principal Engineer - Human Factors

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Human Factors Specialist

Would you like to play a key role in the implementation of Human Factors in Submarine Design and the in the design of Submarine Build Facilities? We currently have a vacancy for an experienced Human Factors Specialist to join the team at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

As a Human Factors Specialist, you will gain exposure to a wide variety of Human Factors challenges across both Submarine and Site/Facilities and Operational Programmes of work, in a team which is dedicated to optimising the design of complex products and systems to ensure the safety, wellbeing and performance of BAES Systems and Royal Navy's end users.

This will include design and assessment of the work place, accommodation and habitable environments, Control Room and Work Station design, Experimental design including User Trials and Interface design using Human Factors disciplines of Anthropometry, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Human Reliability Assessment (HRA). This role will give you the opportunity to enhance your skills in all areas of Human Factors, influencing the design of Submarines, complex systems and site facilities to ensure they are optimised for their intended users, improving usability, safety and crew / operator wellbeing.

You will be part of a large Human Factors department, reporting to the Human Factors Engineering Managers and you will be required to work closely with stakeholders including Engineers, Designers, Safety Case Teams, End Users (Operators) and Client Representatives.

Your main responsibilities as a Human Factors Specialist will involve:

Undertaking Task Analysis – breaking down operator tasks to identify issues with design, systems, processes, and identify opportunities for error prevention

Conducting Workload Analysis / Assessment of Situation Awareness to optimise operator performance through design

Undertaking Human Reliability Analysis (Qualitative and Quantitative) and Human Factors support to the Safety Case

Conducting Experimental design - planning and conducting User Trials and HF assessments of the developing design, optimising user interaction

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) development and assessment

Conducting Human Machine Interface reviews

Workplace / workspace assessment including anthropometry

Your skills and qualifications as a Human Factors Specialist:


Degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics/ Psychology / or other relevant discipline

Experience in Stakeholder engagement and management

Experience in adopting Human Factors methodology such as Task Analysis

Experience in one or more HF disciplines e.g. Anthropometry, Human Machine Interface, Human Computer Interaction and Human Reliability Analysis


Experience of providing Human Factors advice to a large/complex project

Experience producing Human Factors reports

Experience in writing Human Factors Integration Plans

Experience in managing a Human Factors Issues Register

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a skilled communicator, possessing a good level of diplomacy to enable successful interaction with a range of stakeholders who may have conflicting requirements. You will have the ability to work autonomously or as part of a wider team of experienced professionals and will have a desire to further develop your experience and career across Human Factors with a focus on enhancing professional development in all domains.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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.