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Senior Supportability Engineer


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG Portsmouth, GB, PO1 3HH Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ Rosyth, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, GB, KY11 2YD

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:        Senior Supportability Engineer
Location:        Either Bristol, Rosyth, Portsmouth or Plymouth
Compensation:    Competitive + Benefits
Role Type:        Full time / Permanent + hybrid working arrangements
Role ID:        SF56951


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 Supportability Engineer at either of our Bristol, Rosyth, Portsmouth or Plymouth offices.


The role


As a Senior Supportability Engineer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You will join a national team of around 1000 engineers and designers within the Marine Sector of Babcock.  We are a leading design and through life support consultancy providing naval architecture, marine system engineering, electrical engineering, design modelling, supportability and project support services to the marine and defence markets. 


  • Day-to-day, you’ll  be responsible for managing engineering aspects of the support solution for equipment’s and systems contracted to Marine systems in the Support Value Stream, in order to deliver improvements to the services offered to the Royal Navy to the benefit of Babcock and the MoD customer.
  • Investigating and resolving technical queries from a variety of sources, and raising and answering S2022 forms through the Maritime Collaborative Working Environment via the Surface Ship Definition Database (SSDD) and Submarine definition Database (SDD) against scope of the contracts supported.
  • Developing and implementing design and supporting improvements, such as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) actions, to identify cost/lead-time/availability improvements for the Marine Systems contracts.
  • Resolving obsolescence issues identified by the Obsolescence Manager, applying the most appropriate resolution to gain the maximum benefit to the project.
  • Performing Unit Maintenance Management System (UMMS) Monitoring and suggesting changes to improve the reliability of assets.
  • Assisting in maintaining a technical document library. This includes reviewing and updating Books of Reference (BRs) and Illustrated Parts Catalogues (IPCs).
  • Codifying non-patternised items to allow their supply to the Royal Navy.
  • Conduct visits to OEMs and liaise on board with ships staff as required to maintain currency of issues.
  • Define and update repair/new-buy Statement of requirements (SoRs).
  • Provide Task Approval Form (TAF) support to the Project Managers as necessary.


This role is full time, 35 hours per week and provides hybrid working arrangements.


Essential experience of the Senior Supportability Engineer


  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings.
  • Be well versed with design techniques.
  • Have an understanding of contract delivery.
  • Have an understanding of Procurement processes.
  • A good understanding of asset management.
  • Ability to produce concise reports and business cases.
  • A good understanding of configuration management.


Qualifications for the Senior Supportability Engineer


The candidate will have a relevant engineering qualification such as degree/equivalent, or equivalent experience will be considered and advantageous. The candidate will ideally have IEng status or working towards professional registration. 


Security Clearance


The successful candidate must be able to achieve and maintain Standard (BPSS) / Security Check (SC) security clearance for this role.

Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer


  • 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 the majority of 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 


For over a century Babcock  has 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. 

We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. 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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