Chief Engineer

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Chief Engineer

Would you like to lead the Engineering Team for our Small Arms Ammunitions Business? We currently have a vacancy for a Chief Engineer at our site in Radway Green, Cheshire.

As a Chief Engineer, you will be working as part of our IDT (Integrated Delivery Team) Management Team, managing all aspects of Engineering including project engineering, support to manufacture, quality function, gauge test centre (GTC) and onsite testing facility. You will be responsible and accountable for the technical integrity, product safety, compliance with contractual, legal & regulatory requirements and environmental standards of the delivered solutions. You will also ensure the product designs in the Light Munitions IDT are safe, fit for purpose and meet all requirements.

This role will provide you with the ability to develop and grow with the business, the Small Arms Ammunition Delivery Team work with a small business mind-set so you will be able to drive change and development of programmes quicker than other areas of the business whilst you are still supported by the wider business. Your role will be varied, and you will have wide exposure to all projects/programmes within the IDT from concept to implementation. You will work with clients and have the opportunity to embed yourself in the management team as the subject matter expert around engineering.

Your main responsibilities as a Chief Engineer will involve:

Delegated product safety authority, technical authority and engineering authority for the light munitions delivery stream

Managing all engineers allocated to the light munitions delivery stream

Collaborating with customers, suppliers, and partners on all technical aspects relating to the light munitions delivery stream

Chairing independent design reviews and/or technical bid reviews as appropriate

Managing directly and overseeing indirectly the technical delivery of multiple projects, including compliance, quality and delivery to cost and time

Responsible for the light munitions development programmes

Responsible for the integrity of the test facility output and general day to day coordination of proofing activity.

Ensuring the independent running and integrity of the output of the GTC.

Leading the generation and delivery of long term strategies for product development, process development, technology and engineering capability.

Your skills and qualifications:


Degree Level Qualification in a Mechanical and/or Manufacturing Discipline

ISOH Qualification OR Demonstration of substantive experience in Safety

Experience working in an Engineering Management role

Experience of working in the Manufacturing Sector OR Similar


Chartered or working towards a Chartership

Experience of working in the Defence Sector or on UKMOD Contracts

Experience of entering products into service

What we're looking for in you:

To be successful in this role and to support you with your day-to-day duties you will possess the following soft skills: great communication skills with the ability to tailor your message to the correct audience, strong inter-personal skills, the ability to delegate effectively, strong skills in coaching and mentoring others with the ability to influence others and motive them as well as yourself. The ability to problem solve and prioritise yours and other’s workloads effectively, having a business savvy, strategic mind-set to work will also support you as you develop in the role and others.

Location: Radway Green, Cheshire

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.

BAE Systems Land UK

BAE Systems is proud to equip the British Armed Forces and international customers with a range of munition products, from small arms ammunition through to heavy artillery, tank ammunition, warheads and payloads.

Our munitions have been proven in every possible environment over many decades, with our specialist engineers working in partnership with our customers, to continually make performance improvements.

In November 2020, we were delighted to announce that we had secured a further 15-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, representing our enduring partnership with the UK armed forces, particularly the British Army, who we have a proud history of supporting with world-class products and engineering services.

Within our munitions business, we employ approximately 1260 highly skilled people at five sites around the UK – Glascoed in South Wales, Washington in Tyne & Wear, Radway Green in Cheshire, Bishopton in Glasgow and Ridsdale in Northumberland.

Supporting the armed forces with some of the most advanced munitions capabilities in the world is one of the most exciting career moves you could make. We are looking for people with the passion, drive and the skills to give the best they can every day, to make sure our troops receive only the very best. In return, we offer you a role you can be proud of, that lets you grow and develop in the UK’s leading defence, aerospace and security company.

We invite you to join us and be part of a team that gives our customers a strategic edge on the battlefield by designing, manufacturing and supporting some of their most vital equipment.

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