Project Engineer

13 Jul 2021
10 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Project Engineer

Would you like to play a key role delivering critical improvements to the Type 45 Destroyers? We currently have a vacancy for a Project Engineer at Portsmouth Naval Base and Birkenhead.

As a Project Engineer, you will be working as part of the Power Improvement Project (PIP) for the six Type 45 destroyers, in collaboration with our embodiment partner Cammell Laird. The project is now in its embodiment phase with ship 1 entering test and trials and ship 2 due to arrive into Cammell Laird's yard later this year. You will be required to liaise with wider project stakeholders to ensure processes have been followed and documentation required to support embodiment, test, commissioning and acceptance has been produced.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to support a very high-profile project within the business and the wider maritime community. You will also have the opportunity to take part in sea trials. In terms of future career progression, there will be opportunities to develop and take on additional responsibility within more senior engineering roles.

This role will require weekly travel or temporary relocation to Birkenhead, after which time you will return to Portsmouth Naval Base to resume your role. Travel and accommodation costs for this travel are included.

Your main responsibilities as a Project Engineer will involve:

Co-ordination of acceptance evidence for contracted requirements through the Verification Cross Reference Matrices (VCRM) in order to achieve acceptance off contract including the facilitation of acceptance through Authority and Alliance led working groups
Definition of the qualification obligations for the assurance hold points during build, test & commissioning, and providing assurance to the Design Authority as to the adequacy and robustness of the Safety Case and supporting documentation
Appropriate flow down of requirements to Cammell Laird and supporting as necessary to ensure understanding of contracted requirements
Resolving a range of systems engineering issues and problems, compiling technical reports and presentations as necessary
Assisting with Test and Commissioning activity
Providing realistic systems engineering status, identifying issues and implementing agreed recovery plans as necessary
Undertaking peer review or checking/verification of tasks as directed
Systems Engineering planning activity
Reviewing proposed changes during embodiment phase to assess impact on contracted requirements
Making decisions within own sphere of responsibility and delegated authority

Your skills and qualifications as a Project Engineer:


Must be willing to travel each week or temporary relocation to Birkenhead

Good understanding/ experience of test and trials programmes

Degree, or equivalent qualification or experience in engineering


Appreciation of systems engineering and requirements management

Defence industry experience

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess excellent diplomacy skills required to work across alliance business boundaries to achieve optimum solutions. You will have good stakeholder management skills, alongside the ability to challenge in a tactful and positive way to ensure the best outcome.

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base, with weekly travel or temporary relocation to Birkenhead

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. For this role we are open to discussing the possibility of an element of working from home, flexible start and finish times or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of GBP600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy's complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there's Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you'll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

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