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BAE Systems Senior Chief Engineer in Kingsport, Tennessee

Job Description

BAE Systems, one of the world's leading defense contractors and a stable Fortune 500 Company, has an opening for a Senior Chief Engineer at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN. The Senior Chief Engineer will lead multi-discipline engineering teams including Chief Engineers on multi-million dollar industrial design and construction programs.

BAE Systems helps protect those who protect us. At our R&D and manufacturing facility at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN, we do this by developing safer explosives for our government and commercial customers. Holston AAP has provided high quality explosives for our soldiers since WWII and will continue to push the frontier of energetic material synthesis and manufacturing with your help. Learn more about this area of our business at .


  • Technical Engineering Lead for the modernization programs in support of additional manufacturing capacity through plant modernization design, development and construction programs.

  • Leads the technical project team in the application of BAE Life Cycle Management processes and methods used in the design, development and commissioning. Guides and develops the requirements, processing methods, equipment and engineering tasking for design, development, and commissioning.

  • Leads and mentors other Chief Engineers in support of the Holston Capacity Expansion projects.


  • Technically lead the engineering staff assigned to the specific Modernization programs in the design, development and commissioning activities. Responsible for overall technical viability to requirements as well as successful completion of engineering tasks on the assigned projects.

  • Create the technical development plan and overall engineering tasking. Lead the technical team in meeting schedule within budget. Provide regular updates to progress.

  • Provide technical risk management for the project.

  • Coordinate the technical aspects of the Capacity Expansion Modernization programs with the overall OSI (Ordnance Systems Inc.) team.

  • Lead internal engineering or external suppliers in the development of drawings, statements of work, and specification packages for procurement of equipment or services.

  • Support the transition to production following commissioning

  • Prepare budgetary and engineering estimates.

  • Supervise subcontractor work to assure satisfactory performance of the scope of work.

  • Prepare schedules regarding assigned technical tasks and provide status on tasking.

  • Prepare work flow schedule and process task duration estimates.

  • Responsible for assisting the Program Director and Project Managers in development of the budget, approval of purchase requisitions and of invoices.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Typical Education & Experience

Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 10 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

Required education: Bachelor Degree in Engineering required; mechanical, civil, or chemical engineering degree preferred.

  • Experience in the building design and construction for industrial facilities.

  • Experience in chemical processing facilities.

  • 12 years related experience, 5 years of experience in engineering design, development, and commissioning.

  • 5 years in an engineering technical project leadership position leading multi-discipline engineers.

  • Must be able to effectively communicate and interface with various functional departments and customers.

  • Experience estimating engineering labor and materials.

  • Microsoft Office experience required.

Preferred Skills and Education

  • Experience in Industrial utilities CAPEX type projects

  • Experience in System Engineering processes and DoD projects

  • Experience in explosives

  • Professional Engineer (PE) or Project Manager Professional (PMP)

  • Experience leading $10 million or larger design projects

  • MS Project experience preferred

  • Cover letter preferred

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repairjust to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

We celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.

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