Principal Engineer - Product Safety Assurance

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Principal Engineer (Product Safety Assurance)

Would you like to work within the Engineering Product Assurance Department (EPAD), a cross-functional team, influencing how Product Safety is delivered within the business, our products and services through all phases of Life Cycle Management?

We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer (Product Safety Assurance) at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Engineer you will be playing a key role in governance of Product Safety across business functions and Product Safety assurance of products and services, which includes the Astute and Dreadnought Class Submarines for the Royal Navy. You will be liaising with other business functions and teams to deliver corporate and business Product Safety objectives.

In the EPAD Product Safety Assurance Team, you will be supported by and work with business and submarine technical specialists in the delivery of Product Assurance objectives. This role offers excellent career development and career progression opportunities.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer (Product Safety Assurance) include:

To work within the EPAD, providing Product Safety management, design and analysis expertise in support of business objectives and products and services programmes

Reporting directly to the Engineering Manager Product Safety Assurance

Provision of coaching/mentoring and technical advice to peers and junior members within the EPAD on Product Safety matters

To advise and recommend to the Engineering Manager Product Safety Assurance on the appropriate strategic direction and planning for the department, on both Product Safety technical design and business matters

Delivery of corporate and business Product Safety objectives within the EPAD and the provision of specialist Product Safety advice to other business functions in the delivery of their corporate and business Product Safety objectives. This is in the context of the four principles of Product Safety – Accountability, Level of Safety, Conforming Product and Learning & Sharing

Assist and deputise the Engineering Manager Product Safety Assurance at key meetings and events

To provide assurance that the required levels of safety are delivered in our products & services throughout all phases of Life Cycle Management

Delivery of independent Product Safety assurance evidence through Life Cycle Management key hold points that products and services conform to their design intent. Includes assurance at product and services, functional integration and system levels

Undertaking audits on the Maritime business and products and services Product Safety Management Systems

Assist the EPAD Product Safety Assurance Team in the delivery of Product Safety training across the business including Product Safety Process 2.5 and I Keep Submarine Safe courses

Liaising with other business functions and teams to ensure successful integration of Product Safety within business and products and services processes

To identify and promote Learning & Sharing matters related to Product Safety and provide assurance that Product Safety Learning & Sharing is considered and embodied across the business and products and services

Your skills and qualifications:


Demonstrable knowledge and experience of Product Safety delivery, including safety case production and safety management activities, applied to maritime platforms or within comparable safety critical industries

Application experience of Life Cycle Management

Influencing people both orally and in writing

Honours Degree in STEM related discipline or equivalent qualification or experience


Understanding of whole boat designs, functional interfaces, relationships and dependencies

Thorough knowledge of submarine design Product Safety policies, standards and processes (Inc. DSA 02, JSP 430, Def Stan 0055 & 0056, Def Stan 02-207)

Understanding of Submarines business, including policies, processes and functional department's interfaces/dependencies

MSc or working towards a Safety Engineering degree

Chartered Engineer or in process of working towards

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess excellent communication skills, with the ability to articulate business and technical Product Safety knowledge to a variety of stakeholders. You must be a self-starter and also have the ability to influence others, whilst putting forward clear, concise and credible reasoning to support judgements.

Salary: Competitive

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Employee Referral Scheme bonus = £500

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.