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Lead Electrical Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Lead Electrical Engineer
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Starting Salary - £49,640


About the Role
We're looking for a Lead Electrical Engineer 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.

In order to deliver the MOD’s submarine programme over the next 40 years, a significant programme of infrastructure investment is required on the Devonport site to meet the needs of the future MOD ship and submarine programmes. A new Major Infrastructure Projects (MIP) Business Unit is driving the development of Devonport’s Infrastructure to support the future needs of our customers.

As a Lead Electrical Engineer you’ll be responsible for the delivery of electrical engineering work packages to the required scope, quality, schedule and budget.  You’ll use your expert knowledge and experience in the technical management of complex design development throughout the design lifecycle to lead and manage one or more technical design packages. You’ll be responsible for agreeing project related objectives, managing designer performance, making appropriate technical management responses, and ensuring that the design documentation covers the scope of operations required by the Project Manager and is produced to agreed standards, schedule and budget. You’ll interface with other teams and stakeholders ensuring that staff and contractors are familiar with the hazards and risks associated with the work undertaken by the delegated engineering team, through effective management and communication of the Risk Assessment.

What do I need to be able to do the role?
You’ll be qualified to degree level in a relevant engineering discipline, and be a Chartered Engineer or working towards chartership status.


We would also like you to have some or all of the following:

  • Strong understanding of relevant engineering design and safety practices
  • Project specification, planning, management and budgeting experience
  • Ability to manage projects in accordance with Design, H&S and QA requirements
  • Proficient in engineering computer applications
  • Experience of the design support to construction, operation, refit/repair of conventional and nuclear submarines and/or facilities (desirable)

Lastly, you’ll have good interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to interface effectively with internal and external stakeholders and sub-contractors.


What else do I need to know?

  • The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


About Babcock International and Devonport
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.


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.


Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.

Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.

It is unlikely that shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, WhatsApp video, or you may be asked to complete an online interview.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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 visit our website.



Closing date: 14 June 2020



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