Amy is a Principal Systems Team Lead, based in Rochester.
 
‘Prior to joining BAE Systems, I was a research scientist and project manager, but it was a bit slow-paced for me. I was approached by a recruiter who suggested that my skills lined up to move into systems engineering. I’d not worked in that area before, and I was excited by the opportunity because the business is involved in new and emerging technology, such as wearable tech and automation.
 
As a systems engineer, and now as a team leader, I’m still using my project management skills however I'm much more involved in the technical work. I also look after the wellbeing and development of my whole team, supporting them by creating the best working environment for them to do the job. If there are any issues that my team come up against, any problems they have day to day, or mental stresses, I take that off them and I deal with it, leaving them to do the really detailed work, enabling them to focus. It can be difficult sometimes, but I know that I'm making their lives easier. I love it. It's the best part of my job, along with helping their personal development, helping them to get up to the next grade for their role or get a promotion. It's really satisfying.
 
BAE Systems has given me lots of different opportunities to shape where I want to go in my career. Long-term, I want to move into an engineering project management role. The business has already funded me to get my chartership, alongside MIT training courses in systems engineering to develop my skills. Being a good systems engineer makes me a better systems team leader, and I'm now starting to look at team leader roles for other functional teams like hardware or mechanical, to get a better idea of those areas before I move on to engineering project management. That’s what I really love about BAE Systems. Whenever I enquire about looking into another part of the business or collaborating with a different team, to help my development, I’ve always been fully supported.
 
I also really value the work-life balance here. I do swimming ultramarathons in my spare time, and our core hours and flexible working patterns allow me to do all the training I need to be able to compete. It’s always fast-paced and busy at work, but I love supporting my team and the relationship we have, and with the flexibility and freedom I have, it’s a really nice balance.’
 

Find your unique place

At BAE Systems we believe in the benefit of a diverse and inclusive team, and the creativity and innovation that it brings. We recognise and celebrate diversity and difference and want everyone to feel valued and empowered to thrive. Our team come from all sorts of backgrounds; they’re resilient, curious, hardworking, and all contributing to vital work that protects those who protect us all.
Join us
clear

Hear from our inspiring people

Want to know more about what life is like at BAE Systems? Get the facts first hand from some of our current and former graduates.

 

Want to know more?

Want to understand more about job roles here at BAE Systems? Have a question about your application?


Our FAQs are a great place to start. But if you want a chat with our team we're always here to help. 

 
Frequently asked questions

Diversity and inclusion

We want everyone here to feel valued and empowered to thrive. Who you are should never define what you can do. We believe when you bring together different people and different perspectives it inspires creativity and drives innovation. It helps us fulfil our purpose and it's integral to our culture. Everyone is heard and respected here. 
 
Discover more

Learning and development

If you’re curious, hungry for more responsibility, and prepared to step out of your comfort zone, there are endless opportunities to grow with us. At every stage of your career our first-class training, coaching and development programmes, role models and mentors will help you embrace your potential and take the next step. 
 
Discover more

Reward and benefits

Great work deserves benefits that go beyond your salary. Whether it's health, wellbeing, or financial security for you and your family – our flexible benefits help you focus on what's important to you.
 
Discover more

Making an impact

Together we embrace every opportunity to have a positive impact. On the world around us, our communities, and each other. 
 

Our mission

Our mission is to provide a vital advantage to help our customers protect what really matters. It brings us together and gives us purpose.
 
Discover more

Our values

We share a set of values that define who we are and who we all want to be. They help us make the right decisions and take the right actions. 
 
Discover more