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.’

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