BMT • GBR - Bath

Principal AI Specialist

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

Principal AI Specialist

BMT is dedicated to tackling the most crucial engineering challenges of our era, fostering an environment where individuals with exceptional technical expertise provide meaningful, practical solutions. Committed to creating a safer, more efficient, effective, and sustainable future, BMT values diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing their pivotal role in achieving our business purpose. Learn more about BMT at

Why Work for Us?

Joining BMT means gaining access to a comprehensive set of employee benefits designed to empower your success. In addition to a competitive salary, our offerings encompass health, family, finance, and personal development, including:

  • Private Medical (family coverage)
  • Enhanced Pension
  • Flexible Working
  • Wellbeing Fund – an annual fund for personal hobbies or interests
  • 26 Days Annual Leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Holiday Trading
  • Retail Vouchers
  • Professional Subscriptions

At BMT, we pride ourselves on being a verified flexible workplace, providing freedom and choice. Learn more about our flexible status at Flexa Careers.

About the role

As a Principal AI Specialist you will bring the invaluable expertise to enable our customers to solve their challenges with AI as well as contributing to the strategy and leadership of the capability. You will be applying a range of mathematical, statistical, predictive modelling and machine-learning techniques, while sensitive to the limitations of the techniques, to support customer needs.

You will join our expanding multi-disciplinary Information Systems team in the Defence and Security sector, an industry which provides unparalleled opportunities to work on fascinating research and development projects in diverse environments – from land, sea, air, and space – and we want to take you with us! This is an opportunity to take your career to the next level with formal qualification opportunities and on the job training, while also supporting the professional growth of our AI and Data Science team.

In terms of location, we have offices in central Bath, London, Fareham, Plymouth, or Weymouth, and we offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements.

About you

We are looking for organised and driven individuals who have experience in research and applying a range of AI/ML and data science techniques, a passion for solving problems, and interest in continuous technical development and research.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a degree or equivalent qualifications/experience in a mathematical (or closely related) field
  • an MSc. or PhD. in machine learning or equivalent experience
  • suitability and willingness to work on industrial research projects
  • ability to influence and contribute to how activities are planned and executed for business success
  • assist in strategy and planning both long and short-term goals and improvements for both the capability and wider BMT
  • experience in implementation of ML algorithms, specifically Agents, Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Explainable AI, Transformers, and other state of the art ML algorithms
  • professional experience delivering high quality results when applying a range of data science skills, such as data modelling, data mining, data visualisation
  • experience in at least one of the application domains of NLP, Computer Vision, or Cyber Security
  • demonstrable experience using software to implement data science and ML algorithms, such as Python or R, and open source libraries such as Pytorch, Keras, etc.
  • Experience mentoring and advising team members in AI/Data Science software development;
  • Experience monitoring code quality of the projects that you work on and experience working with team members to address any issues
  • good communication and written skills, and interest in bid writing
  • ability to gain full UK security clearance - you need to have resided in the UK for the past 5 years’.

As much of our work is customer focused, your effective communication skills and ability to present professionally both verbally and in writing are important skills for this role. Mentorship and training can be provided to improve these skills.

Non-essential but desirable skills include:

  • experience as a manager or mentor to junior technical roles,
  • experience using docker and/or cloud infrastructure,
  • experience of working productively in agile projects.

We value professional qualifications and professional registration with appropriate bodies; and we can provide support, training, and tailored experience for you to achieve these, if not already held.

Missing skills? Let us be the judge! BMT are passionate about people; we recognise that technology moves quickly and that no one can learn everything, which is why we seek those who can adapt and demonstrate the aptitude to learn. With enthusiasm and the right attitude, we can help you discover your potential.

What's Next?

If you are ready to contribute your skills and passion to a dynamic team addressing impactful challenges, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity with BMT. Join us in shaping a safer, more efficient, and sustainable future.

A message to recruitment agencies: We receive applications exclusively via our ATS. Please note that we do not accept CVs submitted via email to the HR department or staff within our Operational teams. We will not progress CVs shared on a speculative basis by email and you accept our right to pursue such candidates with no obligation to third-party terms and conditions or liability to a fee

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – After 1 years service, enhanced maternity to max 18 weeks
26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Wellbeing budget - £250 per annum
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at BMT

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


Office locations

Teddington, Bath, Southampton, Fareham, Bristol, Plymouth, Weymouth, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow

Hiring Countries





United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Professional Services

Professional Services

Industry awards 2023

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