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Principal Structural Designer


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:                     Principal Structural Designer
Location:                    Devonport, UK – Hybrid Working
Compensation:          Band 6 (£46,589 - £56,906)
Role Type:                  Full time / Permanent
Role ID:                      SF: 47890

Make your skills count


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 Structural Designer at Devonport
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 Devonport 


The Principal Structural Designer role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.


Working at Devonport puts the best of the Southwest at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.


Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.


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 Principal Structural Designer will make

As a Principal Structural Designer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Leading and managing a team of Structural Designers who support numerous and varied projects.


Day to day, you will exercise care for own health and safety and that of others as defined by Health and Safety legislation, adhere to endorsed Company policy, procedures, and delegations (e.g., Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Performance & Development Reviews and Finance etc.), promote a positive culture of; ownership, responsibility, and pride in discipline/team products, allocate discipline tasks to allocated team of Designers, approve team design outputs, and ensure integration of inter discipline design in accordance with company and regulatory standards, ensure selecting the correct methods and tools for tasks and provide technical guidance to allocated team of Designers, ensure preparation/production of drawings in support of basic, detail and production design in line with recognised ISO standards and to the required, time, cost and quality requirements and provide point of contact with professional engineering colleagues and various stakeholders for multi discipline related issues during design lifecycle, lead design reviews and ensure integration and functionality of design.

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 with 1 day per week on site at Devonport.

Essential Experience


To undertake this role, you need to:


•    Incorporated Engineer status, or willing to work toward.
•    A sound understanding of specific design practices as relevant to individual and related discipline, post, and project requirements
•    Obtain or have the ability to obtain SC Clearance



You’ll need to hold a minimum of a HNC (or BTEC Level 4) in a relevant engineering subject or a suitable higher education qualification and significant experience in technical leading of a design team, with breadth and depth of knowledge of platform structure and design processes.


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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