Technical Author

Posting Date: 09 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL2 2BG

Company: Babcock

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Technical Author
Devonport, Plymouth
Salary - £30,555

About the role

We’re looking for a Technical Author to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.

As a Facility Technical Author you will be tasked to research and produce, detailed control documentation which sequences and instructs Production / Project Departments in operations that support Nuclear Facilities and the associated activities that take place within them i.e. maintenance of equipment, replacement of obsolescent equipment, testing of equipment, installation of equipment, operation of equipment etc.

 The Facility operations and maintenance team operate and maintain facilities to support all key submarine Stakeholders. The team provide safe equipment and services utilising a number of resources and assets.


Main Purpose of Role

You will ensure that strict mandatory / contractual and legislative standards of nuclear safety and conventional health and safety are maintained when producing technical documentation, applying principles of ALARP throughout the drafting process. Whilst producing documentation you will perform quality checking to your own work and the work of your peers.

You will provide advice and guidance to Project/Production departments to support with costing and planning analysis for on-going work programming. As well as liaising with other departments as necessary to provide technical input/receive technical information.


What do I need to do the role?

You will need the ability to understand and interpret a variety of technical documents and drawings along with the ability to use a variety of sources of information to extract necessary and important data to populate procedures and operational documentation. 


Experience working in a regulated environment and of working in industrial areas and the associated hazards is also essential.


You will also have:
• The ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Good time management
• A high level of self-awareness and awareness of others safety
• Problem solving and analytical skills
• Readiness to ask questions and clarify information when unsure
• Professional and respectful self-conduct
• Good stakeholder management and communication skills
• Willingness to help others to succeed


The following knowledge would also be an advantage, but can be gained in post:
• Technical operations relating to nuclear/radiological activities
• Maintenance of facilities and equipment to support industrial activities both nuclear and non-nuclear
• Heavy industrial operations on regulated/licenced sites
• Nuclear steam raising plant operation and refitting
• Nuclear procedures



One or more of the following qualifications are required:
• HNC in relevant discipline or equivalent would be beneficial
• BTEC Level 3 in relevant discipline (or equivalent) would be beneficial
• A Recognised Apprenticeship in relevant discipline (STEM subjects)


This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England. Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.


About Babcock International

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.


We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.


About Devonport

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West 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.


Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.


Application Guidance

If you are currently employed by Babcock, please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy.  You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.

Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records.


We are 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 we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


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