Principal Systems Engineer

Job Description

Job Title: Principal Systems Engineer

Location: Bristol, UK - Hybrid - working from home options available

Compensation: Competitive Salary + benefits

Role Type: Full time / Permanent

Role ID: SF46052

Build the Future

At Babcock, we're working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Principal Systems Engineer in Bristol.

As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers' defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility

Marine Engineering & Systems

Principal Systems Engineer role is based within Marine Engineering & Systems - Shipbuilding Export Variants.

Babcock is rapidly establishing itself as an international Naval ship designer and builder. We have built on the success of the UK MoD Type 31 Frigate and have secured contracts for frigate export variants (AH140) with overseas customers. As well as supporting exports of frigates the engineering team is actively working on other ship newbuild and life extension programs around the world, from small fast attack craft all the way up to aircraft carriers.

We are looking to significantly expand our engineering and ship design teams in order to exploit these opportunities and so if you are interested in taking your career in an exciting new direction then consider Babcock for your next move.

You will join a national team of over 800 engineers and designers within the Marine Sector of Babcock. We are a leading design consultancy providing naval architecture, marine system engineering, electrical engineering, design modelling and project support services to the marine and defence markets. We offer flexible working with office attendance and travel to meet project requirements.

The role

The difference our new Principal Systems Engineer will make

As a Principal Systems Engineer, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. This is a highly prestigious position within our complex shipbuilding programme, developing designs through concept and early-stage design as well as supporting the bidding process.

Day-to-day, you will provide leadership and accountability in the delivery of systems engineering activities through the application of process, domain knowledge and experience. You will work as a systems engineering subject matter expert. You will understand concepts and principles, to design, develop and determine solutions to functional issues; and personally undertake the most complex work within the subject area.

You will design, structure and write requirement sets and their associated acceptance criteria. You will create and maintain the requirements database, development of the Supplier requirements and their traceability to the customer requirement. You will lead the acceptance process to demonstrate the customer requirement has been met.

You will plan, deliver and monitor the systems engineering scope of work within a project. Manage systems engineering risks and manage the technical interface with internal and external stakeholders.

You will provide help and direction to less experienced team members to support both their effective working, and their development. You will provide coaching and assistance as needed. You will work closely with others in multi-disciplinary teams perform system definition activities.

In addition, you will belong to the wider engineering capability group and will have the opportunity to support other projects in different roles within your discipline with a focus on longer term career development. Providing help and direction to less experienced team members to support both their effective working, and their development.

At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you'll continually develop your knowledge and expertise.

We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides flexible working with office attendance and travel to meet project requirements. We are happy to discuss this with you in more detail.

Essential experience

  • Ideally, you will be Degree qualified but HND/HNC level qualification in a Systems Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Engineering discipline with extensive experience in relevant field will be considered
  • You will be a member of a relevant institution and either hold Chartered Engineer status or be working towards it
  • You will have detailed knowledge and experience of managing and leading systems engineering
  • You will have an analytical approach and a desire for complex problem solving
  • You will be a team player with strong presentation, written and oral communication skills
  • You will have experienced requirement management tool user e.g., DOORS
  • You will have high level of competence in using Microsoft Excel
  • You will be either already UK Security cleared or able for achieve UK SC clearance

What we offer

Generous benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus 8 bank holidays
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Working from home and flexible work patterns
  • Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing
  • Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
  • Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best

Babcock International

For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We're committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone's free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.



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