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Principal Engineer - Control and Instrumentation

Would you like to design and develop crucial control systems for advanced submarine platforms?We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer to join the Control and Instrumentation department in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

As a Principal Engineer – C&I, you will aid with functional, spatial and software design of the Platform Management System, which is the hub of controlling the submarine platform. This is a software-biased role which will involve reviewing internal functional design specifications, as well as supplier deliverables.

This role will give you the opportunity to work on one of the most complex engineering programmes ever undertaken in the country, which will deliver a product of national importance.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer - Control and Instrumentation will involve:

Obtaining confirmation beyond reasonable doubt by review, surveillance and audit that those assumptions, underpinning engineering data, analysis methodologies, and interpretation of results have been validated

Producing evidence in support of qualification, legislative requirements and safety justifications and providing specialist support for associated activities

Contributing to the identification and rapid closure of issues emerging from all product lifecycle stages and to manage the resulting change embodiment activities

Liaising with both internal and external customers, as required, ensuring that their requirements are adequately supported and that their needs are fully considered and incorporated where appropriate and agreed

Providing realistic programme status, identifying problem areas and implementing agreed recovery plans

Defining the qualification obligations for the assurance hold points during build, test and commissioning

Providing support for assurance that the design is adequate i.e. it is robust, in providing supporting documentation for the safety case

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Engineer - Control and Instrumentation:


BEng (Hons) / MEng or equivalent in relevant field

Knowledge of distributed control systems, instrumentation and engineering design

Demonstrable engineering experience gained from a complex engineering industry


Demonstrable knowledge of defence standards (DefStan) would be beneficial

CEng qualified

What we're looking for in you:

We are looking for you to be technically-minded, and confident in communicating both with internal engineering teams, and suppliers. You should have a detail-driven, methodical approach to your work, and capability to mentor those around you.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. 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.

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.