Senior Engineer - Whole Boat & Technical Documentation (WB&TD)

Posting Date: 21 June 2018

Location: Keynsham, Bristol, GB, BS31 2YH

Company: Babcock

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Senior Engineer - Whole Boat & Technical Documentation (WB&TD)


Have you ever considered how many individual components, systems and interfaces there are in the most complex man-made engineering asset in use by the Royal Navy today.


We manage this complexity on a daily basis by ensuring that the documentation used in support of Royal Navy submarine systems and equipment is continually relevant and fit for purpose.


Babcock is looking for a talented and meticulous person with a strong Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) background to join our Technical Team.


To be successful in applying for this position you will:

  • Be outgoing and enjoy coming to work to resolve a new challenge every day.
  • Have a structured approach to your work, with an eye for detail.
  • Be able to spot opportunities, challenge the status quo and communicate recommendations effectively.


In return you will:

  • Join a team supporting one of the most complex assets in operation today.
  • Learn the skills and techniques required to express complex arrangements and systems in a way that non specialists understand.


This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious candidate to get a broad range of experience in a FTSE 250 company that is leading the delivery of In Service Support to a variety of Nations and Naval Vessels across the world.


This opportunity is on a full-time permanent basis which is primarily based in Keynsham, Bristol.


Main Purpose of Role

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the review and update of the suite of Royal Navy submarine related technical documentation.
  • The successful candidate will deliver technical outputs to document sponsors to agreed contractual requirements whilst aiming to exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • To achieve this aim, the successful candidate will work closely with design and equipment authorities within the MoD and the wider community to identify new opportunities to grow the service in the future.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences

Technical Competencies

  • The ability to understand and deliver technical requirements.
  • The ability to manage projects / tasks in a constantly shifting environment including the delivery of tasks on time, within budget and meeting customer quality standards.
  • Familiarity with commercial (including sub-contract) processes.
  • IT competent including extensive use of MS Office and project management tools.


Key Behavioral competencies

  • Manage complex activities or projects and the ability to take responsibility for decision making.
  • To work in a structured way ensuring efficient use of time.
  • Maintain ownership and commitment to deliver results, against their own responsibilities, even when difficulties arise.
  • Undertakes development of own skills to ensure that the demands of the role today and in the future can be achieved.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.


Essential Experience

  • Proficient in the use of appropriate Project Management & IT tools (especially MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, and MS Visio).


Desirable Experience

  • Experience of Royal Navy submarines from a design, maintenance or operational perspective.
  • Experience in the review and/or creation of Technical Documentation.



  • Foundation Degree in a relevant STEM discipline; or
  • Qualified to HND/BTEC Level 5 in a relevant STEM discipline may be acceptable augmented by experience in a relevant engineering field.
  • Incorporated Engineer, or working towards registration with an appropriate engineering institution.



Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.


The role will be in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. This may require you to meet enhanced security and regular screening checks.



This position is within the Engineering Services business unit as a grade 5 which has a salary of £34,765 with DRDL Terms and Conditions.

Description of Location

This role is based in Keynsham, which is situated between Bristol (5 miles) and Bath (7 miles).

Company Information

This role is within the Marine & Technology Division. The Division employs over 9,000 highly skilled people and is the UK's leading naval support business. It draws on an unmatched range of engineering and technical skills in providing through-life services and deep maintenance to the Royal Navy's major warships and nuclear-powered submarines, in addition to operating a wide range of strategic shore-based naval support facilities.


Babcock is committed to having a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. To view our Diversity Statement Please click here.


We are also committed to honouring the Corporate Covenant and supporting the Armed Forces community. We recognised the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and country. To find out more please click here.


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Application Information

All applications should be made online. If you experience difficulties please visit

Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.


Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date. If you are interested in this role then please keep a copy of the advert and any supporting documents for your records.


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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Babcock is the UK's leading engineering support services organisation employing 35,000 people across the world. Babcock offer a hugely diverse number of career options.

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