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Senior Structures Engineer


Bristol, GB, BS31 2BE

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:         Senior Structures Engineer
Location:         Bristol, UK – Hybrid – working from home options available
Compensation:     Competitive + benefits
Role Type:         Full time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF 43824G


Be where you matter


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 Senior Structures Engineer at Bristol.
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 and Submarine Support Engineering 


The Senior Structures Engineer role is based within Submarine Support Engineering (SSE).


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 SSE mission is to deliver submarine programme and engineering excellence through enterprise collaboration, innovation and analytics. Within SSE, the Constructive Group support the Royal Navy Submarine Fleet through the Structures, Naval Architecture, Seamanship and Outfitting and Design Change disciplines.


The role


The difference our new Senior Structures Engineer will make

As a Senior Structures Engineer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. This role is highly rewarding with visible contributions to the defence capability of the UK, helping to keep the Royal Navy at sea and fighting fit.


Day to day, you will lead the development of section capabilities within the Structures team, and provide technical support to the wider business. You will also be responsible for directing technical outputs as well as coordinating and working with multi-disciplinary teams. You will work on a wide range of projects on complex assets, which may include:

  • Structural assessment using hand calculations and Finite Element Analysis.
  • Design and assessment for explosive shock survivability.
  • Platform surveys and validation exercises. 
  • Generation of capability upgrade.
  • Technical investigations and feasibility studies.


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 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days working from home dependent on the project requirement.

Essential experience


  • Experience in structural analysis and design; knowledge of submarines is desired but necessary. Support and training will be provided for you to apply and develop their knowledge of structures to submarine specific structures. 
  • Degree qualified in a STEM discipline (or equivalent experience).
  • Has achieved (or can demonstrate the competencies required for) Chartered or Incorporated Engineer Status with the UK Engineering Council and holds full membership of a relevant engineering institute.
  • Effective project management, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise effectively and deliver in a complex environment.
  • An ability to positively influence and work collaboratively with all levels of an organisation.


The post will be based in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. You must be a sole UK national and be eligible for ‘Security Check’ (SC) or ‘Developed Vetting’ (DV) security 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 5% of salary up to 8%, 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.



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