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Principal Systems Engineer - Electronic Warfare Specialist

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Principal Systems Engineer


Bristol or Plymouth


Help us make the world a safer place

We are looking for a dynamic, ambitious and technically competent Principal Systems Engineer to join our high performing team

The difference our new Principal Systems Engineer will make 
You will provide Electronic Warfare and Combat Management System domain knowledge for MEWSIC and the wider Maritime EW Programme acting as the subject matter expert for Babcock in liaison with all MEWSIC stakeholders.


Who we’re looking for 
You are someone who owns and delivers, who champions high performance and is courageous to challenge the status quo. You will thrive in solving complex problems, using a variety of engineering skillsets to create simple and elegant solutions.



  • Broad understanding of the Maritime Electronic Warfare domain;
  • Experience with the design and development of Electronic Warfare systems and the associated support systems i.e. library data/formats, mission planning etc.;
  • Knowledge of Electronic Warfare tools and techniques;
  • Understanding of the process of testing and integrating systems into Naval Combat Management Systems and Shared Infrastructure;
  • Engineering/technical management, preferably in a position responsible for the delivery of equipment/system programmes for a MoD customer;
  • Delivery of C5ISR systems across the SE life cycle, including an understanding of the CADMID life cycle and its alignment with systems/product life cycles;
  • Able to understand the effect of system design and change on the cost of the development;
  • Working knowledge of MoD procurement processes, project delivery practices and technical standards compliance;
  • Conversant with the MoD Knowledge in Defence (KiD) framework and associated design, build, test and acceptance processes;
  • The use of commercial SE and modelling tools is desirable, e.g. Rhapsody, DOORS, UML;
  • Capable of undertaking and documenting detailed development activities including proof of concept designs;


Skills and attributes

  • A self-motivator with good communication and organisational skills able to work independently against defined goals;
  • Can maintain context and insight whilst working under pressure, demonstrating good verbal and written communication skills throughout;
  • Strong Team Player;
  • Candidates must be driven to complete tasks to the benefit of the project for time, cost and quality;
  • Candidates must have a strong delivery and H&S ethic;
  • A flexible approach and able to adapt quickly to workflow change in order to meet customer demands and project delivery targets;
  • Able to fault find and recommend system improvement requirements;
  • Good attention to detail, meticulous and systematic;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Able to form good working relationships with both other employees and clients.

Education and qualifications

  • Degree qualified in an appropriate engineering discipline and holds or is capable of achieving a chartered registration with an appropriate engineering institution.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

  • Flexible working 
  • Autonomy to perform the role
  • The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit


As well as:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays.
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance.
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts.
  • Employee Share Scheme.
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities.
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.


Where it all fits in:

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.

The Communications & Critical Assets Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential.  Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


Other need to knows:

  • Capable of obtaining security clearance of SC as a minimum.
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.





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