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Principal Marine Systems Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

About the role
We’re looking for a Principal Marine Systems Engineer to join our Engineering team in Bristol to deliver advice, solve problems and maintain safety for Royal Naval Marine Engineers deployed around the globe.


An opportunity has arisen to join our engineering team who deliver technical advice and support to the Royal Navy, specifically the Type 45 destroyer and the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier. This role will also act as the focal point for business growth and transformation activity within Systems and Equipment Technical Services.
The successful candidate will be a strong problem solver and clear communicator who can interpret customer requirements, undertake complex technical investigations and lead the development and delivery of engineering support activity.


The Principal Marine Systems Engineer role

In this role, you will provide technical leadership in support of engineering demands from the T45 and QEC community, answering technical queries and suggesting solutions to shortcomings in design and documentation. Additionally the role holder will be the lead co-ordinator in planning, supporting and delivering the technical aspects of the marine systems and equipment growth and transformation activity within the Support Value Stream. The successful applicant will be able to:
•    Deputise for Technical Support Manager (Hub) in their absence
•    Carry out complicated technical investigations and analyses, including evaluation and selection of technical options, preparing reports with recommended courses of action as required by the MSSP Chief Engineers
•    Capture and integrate the Marine Systems and Equipment technical requirements of the Support Value Stream growth and transformation strategy and agenda, preparing a forward plan of growth and transformation activity for Systems and Equipment Technical Services.
•    Manage and coordinate Systems and Equipment Engineering Support to bids, transformation and continual improvement activity, working with Head of Technical Services executing optimised resource plans.
•    Provide technical knowledge and expertise into Systems and Equipment Business Growth activities.
•    Evaluate complex engineering technical issues and, through the application of systems engineering principles, make technical recommendations to the MSSP Chief Engineers through the provision of authoritative evidence that demonstrates that the system design intent has been achieved
•    Conduct advanced level impact assessments of proposed changes to maintenance, technical documentation and broader Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) functions of in-scope Marine Systems
•    Support design and safety reviews in order to identify technical and safety risks through the application of appropriate design and safety analysis
•    Provide support to the MSSP safety function for the management safety risks
•    Provide technical inputs into ad-hoc Technical Approval Forms (TAFs) covering services where MSSP Suitably Qualified Experienced Personnel (SQEP) capabilities have been totally exhausted
•    Liaise with all Technical Services functions to ensure that cross-system integration issues and safety aspects of technical tasks are addressed
•    Act as a mentor for junior engineering staff and engage with line management for personal development of the engineering cadre
•    Provide management information as required
•    Identify opportunities for improvements to the Marine Systems and Equipment Support Engineering service and outputs.
•    Comply with the Company safety rules and regulations or local procedures and any Company initiatives to improve safety


You will be working as part of a small, but highly effective team where the highest of standards will be expected from both a technical and behavioural perspective. The role reports to a Technical Support Manager and you will be given responsibility for the management of your own technical work packages.

This exciting opportunity will suit someone who is agile, self-motivated and an effective team player. An engineer able to apply systems thinking across a diverse range of marine systems equipment to transform complex problems into simple, elegant solutions and who is driven to make a positive impact on a daily basis. 

What do I need to do the role?



•    Experience in managing an engineering team.
•    Experience of successfully delivering bids, from customer strategy, through PQQ and ITT.
•    Experience of the engineering design, or support of, complex engineering systems or equipment, ideally Naval.
•    A proven ability to work in a collaborative manner across a multi-disciplinary team and stakeholders.
•    (Desirable) Experience in Operating, Maintaining, Diagnosing and Repairing (ODMR) complex warships.


Skills and attributes

•    An effective decision maker who can understand complex issues (balancing the detail and the big picture), using insight / evidence and their judgement to deliver great results in a timely manner
•    Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to elicit customer requirements, understand the issues and develop technical recommendations
•    A self-starter, who is performance driven with a desire to make significant contribution/impact. Is able to work independently and as an active team member



•    Knowledge of systems engineering principles, their application to systems of systems and the management of system requirements with the ability to deploy best practice methods and tools when addressing any given problem.
•    A broad understanding of the management of wider project considerations including programme, commercial and financial constraints
•    An understanding of design intent and engineering governance, their application to the requirements of a project and the role of both legislative requirements and internal management processes.
•    Knowledge of safety and environmental engineering, both legislative and safety and engineering management processes

Education and qualifications
•    Degree qualified and a Chartered Engineer or having demonstrable equivalent experience.

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
•    Flexible working (full or part time considered, minimum 30 hours per week)
•    Autonomy to perform the role
•    The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit


As well as:
•    Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays 
•    Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
•    Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
•    Employee Share Scheme
•    Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
•    Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
•    If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments


Where it all fits in:
Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.
The Critical Communications Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Other need to knows:
•    You must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Application Guidance
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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Babcock International Group
For more than a century, Babcock 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 four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.  


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