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BAE Systems • Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Operability Systems 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: Operability Systems Engineer

Location: Faslane (Clyde), Cumbria, Frimley, Filton, Portsmouth, Weymouth and Plymouth – We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this role.

Salary: Negotiable, dependant on experience

What you’ll be doing:

  • Provide SQEP to the SSNA Integrated Combat Systems Capability Lead and Operability Lead that is commensurate with the risk and complexity of the programme
  • Providing innovative and forward leaning solutions
  • Review deliverables and provide assurance throughout the program, ensuring that appropriate rigour is applied to assumptions, methods, reporting of results, conclusions drawn, and recommendations made
  • Support Technical Authorities and Engineering teams in the compilation and writing of documentation
  • Review outputs e.g. presentations and reports, to ensure that they are correct and suitable for the intended audience
  • Development of User requirements
  • Partnership working across team and organisational boundaries
  • Working with suppliers to test all forms of operability and travel will be required to visit these suppliers
  • Maintain awareness of current and future demand requirements
  • Implementing BAE Submarine’s policies and processes, ensuring compliance with the Management System

Your skills and experiences:


  • Extensive knowledge of current Royal Navy Submarine Combat Systems, specifically above water sensors
  • Technical and operational expertise of Royal Navy Submarine Combat Systems
  • Extensive knowledge of submarine operations
  • Able to develop networks and use these to resolve issues/challenges


  • Degree level qualification (or equivalent experience) in relevant STEM subject (Engineering/ Physics/ Maths/ Science) or Human Factors
  • Astute class experience


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 SSNA Engineering Delivery Team:

The Engineering Delivery Team collaborates across several southern site locations and is responsible for the design, delivery and operability of the SSNA Combat System. The team is divided into sub-system engineering design teams each led by a Sub-System Technical Lead. The successful candidate will be work closely with the Above Water Surveillance sub-system team and the Capability and Operability Leads. We offer relocation support packages across all Submarines roles, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

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: 20th 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
More information needed
More information needed
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Work-life balance
More information needed
Role modelling
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Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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