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Senior Structural Designer


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:                 Senior Structural Designer
Location:                 Devonport, UK – Hybrid Working (Majority remote position)
Compensation:       Band 5 (£39,408 - £48,252)
Role Type:               Full time / Permanent
Role ID:                    SF: 47893

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 Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior Structural Designer will make

As a Senior Structural Designer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Acting as the main focal point for checking technical outputs, within discipline, in accordance with company and regulatory standards.


Day to day, you will advise and assist in selecting the correct methods and tools for tasks, provide technical assistance to designers and trainee designers within the team and contribute to the preparation/production of design outputs across the design lifecycle in line with recognised standards and to the required time, cost, and quality requirements, you may, depending on business need, manage a small team of designers within discipline. You will support the Principal Designer in the allocation of discipline tasks to assigned team of Designers, check team drawing outputs, and ensure inter discipline coordination in accordance with company and regulatory standards and advise and assist in discipline estimating to allow for commonality and norms.


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 the majority of the work done from home, because of this the candidate can be based anywhere in the UK.

Essential Experience


To undertake this role, you need to:


•    Have undertaken an engineering apprenticeship in a relevant discipline or possess transferable skills from demonstrable experience in a marine/engineering/technical environment.
•    Possess a general understanding of engineering practices (including an awareness of industry codes and standards) as relevant to discipline.
•    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 an applicable higher education qualification along with suitable experience and a sound knowledge of platform structures and design processes.



A sound understanding of specific design practices as relevant to individual and related discipline, post, and project requirements.


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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