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Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer


Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG Faslane, GB, G84 8HL

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:         Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer 
Location:         Bristol, Faslane or Plymouth, UK - Hybrid – Working from home options available
Compensation:         £53,020-£59,298 dependent upon experience + benefits
Role Type:         Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:             SF 49185


Amplify your impact

At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer at our Bristol, Clyde or Devonport site.

As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers’ defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility.

Babcock International 
The Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer role is based within our Submarine Support Engineering business area.

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.


The role


The difference our new Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer will make
As a Combat System Design Change Principal Engineer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Focussed on supporting the Royal Navy's in-service combat systems, trusted to deliver and sustain the fight function to ensure mission ready submarines.

Day to day, you’ll oversee a team of 4 Senior Engineers and Engineers providing guidance, leadership, advice and direction. Manage resource demands and develop capability skills across the team to match the needs of current and future workloads. Provide technical management of the engineering outputs to ensure timely and efficient delivery of engineering work to meet customer agreed scope. Produce, review, verify and approve outputs and deliverables such as calculations, analysis, technical reports, options studies and installation instructions.

At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you’ll continually develop your knowledge and expertise. 

We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides hybrid working arrangements with 1 day in the office/onsite per week dependant on workload. Must be flexible to travel to other sites.

Essential experience
•    A broad knowledge and understanding of the Constructive, Naval Architecture, Electrical and Mechanical engineering sub-specialisations is essential.
•    Demonstrable knowledge of the systems engineering lifecycle from concept to disposal is essential.
•    Experience of working in a regulated industry with a wide and diverse stakeholder group is essential.
•    An excellent communicator at all levels, both written and verbal. The individual will build and sustain effective and lasting relationships with the Customer, Stakeholders and our teams located in Bristol, Devonport and Clyde.
•    Proficient in the use of Microsoft Project, Power Point, Visio and CAD.
•    Degree qualified or HND/HNC level qualification with demonstrable extensive experience in a relevant engineering-based discipline.
•    To hold Chartered Engineer (CEng) status or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with relevant experience and a demonstrable path to CEng.
•    Member of a relevant professional engineering body (eg: IET, RINA IMechE, IMarEst etc.). 
•    Meeting requirements to work with ITAR information is essential.
•    You will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.

What we offer


Generous benefits including:
•    Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays 
•    Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave 
•    Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
•    Employee share scheme – save tax and national insurance on shares, with 1 free share per 10 purchased
•    Employee shopping savings portal
•    Employment development allowance - £125 per year
•    Payment of Professional Fees
•    Reward and Recognition Scheme linked to Health and Safety
•    Working from home and flexible work patterns 
•    Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing 
•    Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
•    Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best


Babcock International 
For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.


Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.

Application Guidance
All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Closing date: 08/02/2023


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