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Principal Electrical Engineer

Would you like to be a part of the nation’s most complex and high profile maritime projects? We currently have a number of vacancies for Principal Electrical Engineers at Portsmouth Naval Base.

As a Principal Electrical Engineer, you could get the unique opportunity to work on the Type 45 Destroyers, Type 26 Frigates or the Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier. You will be carrying out the development and delivery of specific electrical engineering work packages associated with the power and propulsion system engineering aspects on a designated project. You will be responsible for ensuring the electrical tasks undertaken for the power and propulsion systems solution are fully integrated and consistent with the wider platform electrical solution.

This role will provide you with the chance to work within an expanding highly-skilled multi-displined team on some of the most cutting edge defence technology. You will be fully supported in your professional development, with the chance for excellent career progression opportunities in the future.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Electrical Engineer will involve:

Conducting electrical system design solutions to agreed time, cost and quality to meet project and business milestones

Conducting activities including feasibility studies, research, design development and solution delivery to meet the specified customer requirements

Drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients

Preparing and submitting technical proposals and tenders as directed by the Bid Manager in order to provide costed proposals for future work

Ensuring solution integration with other engineering functions involved with a particular programme of work to ensure all aspects of the electrical system design are considered

Liaising with MOD establishments, test facilities, sub-contractors and customers, as required, to satisfy the needs of project or the business

Supervising undergraduates or junior staff members assigned for training to assist in the development of their knowledge and skills

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Electrical Engineer:


You will be qualified to degree level, or equivalent, in electrical engineering or closely related discipline

Electrical engineering experience gained from a relevant complex engineering environment/industry such as: utilities, renewables, Royal Navy, power generation or manufacturing

Electrical design /systems engineering experience


Electrical engineering experience gained from the field of naval marine power generation, distribution and propulsion systems

Professional registered status such as Chartered Engineer (CEng) (or operating at Chartered level and working toward registration dependant on your level of experience)

What we're looking for in you:

We are looking for a strong team player. You must be comfortable interacting with subject matter experts, and other engineering departments, relating to your delegated system/project. Excellent communication skills, alongside the ability to build relationships with stakeholders is key to succeed in this role.

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base

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 Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us.

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. 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.