CNC Machinist / Programmer

Job City:  Great Baddow
Professional Area:  Engineering - Electronics
Job Req ID:  120830


Location(s): Chelmsford


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Development CNC Machinist 

We currently have a vacancy for an experienced CNC machinist to work at our site in Great Baddow, Chelmsford.

As a CNC machinist within our manufacturing centre, you will be instrumental in assisting with the delivery of innovative research projects to quality, time and budget. Liaising with engineering and technical staff within the BAE Systems Digital Intelligence Laboratories (DI Labs), this role will provide you with the chance to become involved in challenging activities within a friendly and dynamic environment.


Your main responsibilities as a CNC Machinist will involve: 

You will be required to manufacture small batch / prototype and production components ranging from highly accurate aerospace components through to lab use demonstrator items within time and budget.

The successful applicant will need to be able to programme, set and run 3, 4 & 5 axis CNC milling machines using Edgecam CADCAM software and also via the machine control.

Also required is the ability to programme, set and run CNC turning machines as well as operate manual milling machines and lathes.

The successful applicant will need to be able to work on their own initiative and demonstrate a flexible working attitude as part of this interesting role.

Ensure that all manufacturing activities are undertaken in line with DI Labs process and SHE requirements.


Your skills and qualifications as a CNC machinist:


Experienced multi-axis CNC machinist (turning & milling)

3D CADCAM programming experience 

Able to programme, set and operate different machine tools, as well as operate manual milling machines and lathes

Qualified to NVQ Level 3 Engineering (or equivalent) or higher

Apprentice trained


Experience of working closely with designers and engineers to assist with the DFM attributes of new hardware design.

Experience of aerospace component manufacture, first article inspection reports etc.


What we're looking for in you:

You will have strong problem-solving skills. You must also possess excellent communication skills to effectively articulate technical information to a variety of engineers and customers. You will be expected to gain security clearance for this role.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 


By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours. 


Job Title:  CNC Machinist / Programmer

Job City:  Great Baddow
Professional Area:  Engineering - Electronics
Job Req ID:  120830