As a Senior Manufacturing Engineer – CAD Designer, you are the direct link between the Operations and Manufacturing Build Planning Functions, ensuring that Manufacturing ability and Design Intent is met through CAD drawing/nesting activities. You will be part of a team leading, co-ordinating and executing a range of engineering and continuous improvement activities and packages of work. Providing guidance and advice to stakeholders across the business taking in account cost, scheduling, safety and quality standards. The team provides leadership on the delivery of projects and provides subject matter expertise in relevant area of the process.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to grow and shape a Manufacturing Engineering organisation from its infant state whilst supporting a multi-programme deliver in a complex, discrete and low volume construct.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer – CAD Designer will involve:

  • Transferring the engineering design into CAD manufacturing drawings outputs.
  • Supporting executable packages of work to enrich the manufacturing process.
  • Apply working knowledge of product design and assembly to the manufacturing process
  • Evaluate and suggest recommendations on the manufacturing control process, the types of manufacturing methods to be adopted, the list of processes to be followed and the tooling and nesting outputs.
  • Reviewing date order Production Work Orders.
  • Analysing design models.
  • Re-drawing CAD outputs to take into account manufacturing practices in preparation to nesting on sheet metal processing.

Your skills and qualifications:


  • Demonstrate experience in CAD packages, Nesting Software and Sheet metal working principles
  • Demonstrable experience of working in, and executing Manufacturing Engineering principles and/or lean manufacturing principles in low volume, complex discrete manufacturing.
  • Evidence of developing innovative and effective solutions to a range of build delivery issues via the effective utilisation of the relevant manufacturing engineering disciplines and methodologies
  • Proven decision-making skills using a reasoned and logical thinking process to reach decisions that are pragmatic and practical to maintain progress but also maintain alignment with longer term strategic business objectives
  • Evidence of developing optimal manufacturing work-flows and packages using manufacturing engineering disciplines, exploiting and leveraging business systems
  • HNC in a relevant engineering discipline and / or significant experience of working in a manufacturing engineering discipline.


  • Engineering background/experience.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principals
  • CAD, PLM, ERP, MES system solution awareness

What we’re looking for in you:

You will be a skilled communicator, both written through report writing and verbal, possessing a good level of diplomacy and influencing skills to enable successful interaction with a range of stakeholders. A calm but assertive approach, to difficult situations, you will have excellent attention to detail, identifying problems and improvements through to resolution.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

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.

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 – Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world’s most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and 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.

For more information on our Diversity & Inclusion work, please click here.

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/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

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