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Principal Naval Architect


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:                     Principal Naval Architect 
Location:                    Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth
Compensation:           Competitive + Benefits
Role Type:                   Full time / Permanent
Role ID:                       SF 57880


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 Principal Naval Architect at our Plymouth site.


Babcock is rapidly establishing itself as an international Naval ship designer and builder. We have built on the success of the UK MOD Type-31 Frigate and have secured contracts for frigate export variants (AH140) with overseas customers. As well as supporting exports of frigates, the engineering team is actively working on other ship newbuild and life extension programs around the world, from small fast attack craft all the way up to aircraft carriers.


We are looking to significantly expand our engineering and ship design teams in order to exploit these opportunities and so if you are interested in taking your career in an exciting new direction then consider Babcock for your next move.


The role
As a Principal Naval Architect, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. This is a highly prestigious position within our complex shipbuilding programme, developing designs through concept and early-stage design as well as supporting the bidding process.


Day to day you'll:


  • Develop and lead technical solutions: From concept to final vessel acceptance.
  • Lead and develop design teams through the design lifecycle: Ensure collaboration and effective project execution.
  • Develop innovative designs and processes: Implement efficient outfitting solutions and produce substantiation reports for tasks undertaken
  • Support team member growth: Foster a culture of learning and development.
  • Produce technical reports and documentation: Maintain high quality and adhere to standards.
  • Contribute to the wider engineering capability group: Participate in diverse projects for career growth.


At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you will continually develop your knowledge and expertise in an interesting and rewarding environment.


This is a permanent position, working Monday to Friday. We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate your work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides hybrid working with office attendance and travel to meet project requirements. We are happy to discuss this with you in more detail.


Essential experience of the Principal Naval Architect

  • Experience in the naval/marine industry and experience of using a variety of naval architecture packages and extensive knowledge of design packages e.g., ship stability, 2D & 3D CAD.


Qualifications for the Principal Naval Architect:

  • Either Degree qualified but HND/HNC level qualification in an Engineering discipline with extensive practical design experience in outfitting and ship design will be considered
  • You will be a member of a relevant institution (e.g., RINA, IET, IMechE, IMarEst etc.) and either hold Chartered engineer status or working towards Chartered engineering status and be considered a subject matter expert in your field.


The successful candidate must be able to achieve SC security clearance for this role.


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement.
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity.


Babcock International
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security, and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.


Babcock International Group is committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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 fit your specific needs.



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