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BAE Systems • Frimley, United Kingdom

Combat Systems Chief Engineer

2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements depending on the role you apply for – explore your options with our recruiter during the application process.

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Job Description

Job Title: Combat Systems Chief Engineer

Location: Portsmouth or can be any southern site, we offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: Competitive + car allowance and bonus

As a new era of warfare emerges, we’re on a mission to advance combat systems for the future and cement our pivotal role in the global defence enterprise.

Are you the sort of individual who is comfortable to challenge norms, motivate people to change their old ways of working, and make effective risk-based engineering decisions? Do you have operational experience of naval combat systems, CONOPS and doctrine? If so, then we currently have a vacancy to lead the engineering future within the development and delivery lines for our products that would suit you.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing leadership of the engineering design and implementation approach across the Combat Systems portfolio and product strategies, ensuring a strong customer, theatre, and market focus.
  • Working with the delivery leads to develop the Combat Systems Engineering strategies that maintain a technology and capability coherence across the portfolio, providing thought leadership to its customers, supply chain and engineering business infrastructure.
  • Using the business forecasting across the engineering disciplines to; build and maintain a workforce skill strategy to ensure the right capability is available to support the programmes at the right time.
  • Assuming the Product Technical Authority role for the Combat Systems portfolio, architecting and maintaining preferred combat systems options for export and home customers
  • Building, maintaining, and fostering the integrity of the Engineering discipline
  • Developing strong, long-term relationships with the Customers, Platform Chief Engineers, Central Engineering, projects teams, partners and supplier organisations
  • Participating in the recruitment and career development of Naval Ships Combat System Technical Authorities through mentoring, coaching and contributions to Personal Development Reviews
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with key academic partners to increase the visibility of Naval Ships within the student and lecturer populations
  • Holding and exercising delegated Engineering Design Authority (EA) from the Naval Ships Engineering Director for the Combat System Portfolio
  • Reviewing, rationalising, developing, and implementing appropriate processes for Engineering assurance activities and responsibilities
  • Participating in Lifecycle Management and Design Reviews
  • Providing mentoring and support to the Delegated Design Authorities
  • Promotion of Professional Registration within the scope of EC-UK and liaison with the key Professional Engineering Institutions
  • Estimating, planning, and managing the engineering service delivery from the Naval Ships Engineering Functional Team
  • Underwriting the engineering content of all bids in the Combat System Portfolio

Your skills and experiences will include:

  • Chartered Engineer with IET or INCOSE
  • Experience of operational naval deployment as part of a command team or combat systems operation with exposure to CONOPS and doctrine.
  • A strong background in engineering, particularly in Systems Engineering Development, integration and test at both equipment and mission system levels, and related fields, is crucial. This includes understanding of systems architecture, integration, and design principles
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and lead the engineering team. This involves effective communication, decision-making, and delegation skills
  • Engineering development within a cross discipline, agile and concurrent development lifecycle
  • Building and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders including customers, partners and suppliers is vital. This requires strong interpersonal skills, negotiation abilities, and the capacity to influence others
  • Being able to mentor and coach engineers, helping them develop their skills and progress in their careers, providing guidance, feedback, and support
  • Reviewing, rationalizing, and implementing appropriate processes for engineering assurance activities is important for ensuring quality and efficiency. This requires analytical thinking, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail
  • Understanding and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, standards, and industry best practices is essential for delivering high-quality engineering solutions
  • Staying updated with the latest advancements in engineering technologies, methodologies, and practices is important for remaining competitive and innovative in the field
  • Encouraging and promoting professional registration within the scope of engineering institutions demonstrates a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement in the field


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Naval Ship Combat Systems team:

Our Naval Ships Combat Systems operate at the heart of complex, high-end warships, providing intelligent capability that empowers navies around the world. We combine decades of expertise, proven technology, and the latest innovations to deliver enduring products and services that protect those who serve and protect us.

Travel to all our sites (principally Broad Oak, New Malden, Dorchester, Portsmouth Technology Park, Frimley, Scotstoun, and Filton) will be required on a regular basis, though Combat Systems operate seamless remote working methods to minimise travel needs.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

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 your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 19th June 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.




Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Open to part time work for some roles
Gym membership
Buy or sell annual leave
Bank holiday swaps
Company shutdown periods
Share options
Matched pension contribution
Salary sacrifice
Employee discounts
Lunch and learns
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More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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