BAE Systems • UK Flexible, United Kingdom

Principal Engineer – Product Safety

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: Principal Engineer – Product Safety

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Brough, Filton, Frimley, Portsmouth, Weymouth or Manchester. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • Attending and reporting to Daily Stand Up Meetings (DSUM)
  • Design activities including;
    • Holding requirement elicitation workshops
    • Applying Product Safety Recognised Good Practice (e.g. IEC 61508, RTCA DO 178C etc.)
    • Coordinating and undertaking analysis (Hazard identification, Analysis and Assessment)
    • Risk reduction activities (reducing risk ALARP)
    • Defining suitable design options and analysing options
    • Applying a systems engineering approach to safety products including Working within a centralised modelling tool
  • Technically leading and coordination a small safety team as required
  • Preparing safety assessments as required to support system design and development
  • Preparation of Design Safety Justification supporting inputs
  • Providing Safety SME to product design and gate reviews
  • Governing and assuring parts of the organisation
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of a healthy product Safety Culture within the team and wider business

Your skills and experiences:


  • Familiarity with UK Defence Standard and publications such as Defence Standard 00-56, Defence Standard 00-55, DSA-01, DSA-02
  • Good working knowledge of safety analysis techniques such as:
    • Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA)
    • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
    • Event Tree Analysis (ETA)
    • Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • System Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA)
  • STEM degree with Product Safety experience within a regulated industry
  • Good working knowledge of the requirements of IEC 61508 and/or IEC 61511 for complex Software and Hardware Safety Instrumented Systems


  • Experience of model-based Systems Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer status or working toward chartership
  • Experience within the Defence Industry
  • Familiarity with Cyber-Safety concepts
  • Experience of development of complex Systems of Systems (SoS)
  • Knowledge of Safety standards and practices outside of the Defence domain such as Civil Aerospace, Rail, Oil & Gas or other Process Industries


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 Safety & Environmental Team:

As the Principal Engineer – Product Safety the primary duties for this role will be heavily focussed on the safety during the product design process. You will bring an experience of using different analysis techniques with a broad understanding of how to apply these techniques to different standards. You will influence areas of design with other engineers in the team to ensure a holistic solution.

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: 29th May 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
Annual bonus
Share options
Matched pension contribution
Salary sacrifice
Employee discounts
Lunch and learns
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at BAE Systems

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Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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