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BAE Systems • UK Flexible, United Kingdom

Principal Structural 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: Principal Structural Engineer

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:

  • Designing submarine structures by calculation to ensure they meet the required load cases and safety factors
  • Analysing submarine structures through Finite Element Analysis
  • Working alongside other engineering disciplines to deliver integrated system solutions
  • Gathering evidence to demonstrate compliance of these solutions with safety, function and performance requirements
  • Authoring and reviewing design and analysis reports
  • Responding to build issues through collaboration with Operations and Construction Engineering
  • Presenting work to design review panels and key stakeholders

Your skills and experiences:


  • Degree or equivalent experience in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline
  • Analytical structural calculation skills
  • Chartered or working towards
  • Demonstrable Structural Engineering experience


  • Submarine, Shipbuilding, Aeronautical or Civil structural design/analysis experience
  • Familiar with Pressure Vessel Codes PD5500/ASME, fatigue analysis code BS 7608, and Structural Design code BS 5950
  • Familiar with Naval design standards
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) knowledge
  • Welding/Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) knowledge


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 Structural Engineering team:

As a Structural Engineer, you will be working with various multi-functional teams to determine the best integrated solutions across multiple submarine programmes. You will engage regularly with industrial partners and liaise with specialists to agree technical solutions that contribute to the success of our programmes. You will be responsible for a range of submarine structures, from major pieces of equipment, such as the pressure hull to minor pieces of equipment such as seats.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills and acquire specialist knowledge. You will be working within a unique and exciting engineering environment that is rivalled by no other in the current market. Future career progression opportunities could include Engineering Manager positions.

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: 30th 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
More information needed
Work-life balance
More information needed
Role modelling
More information needed
More information needed

Working at BAE Systems

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Office locations

UK-wide - more than 50 locations

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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