Principal Electrical Engineer (Devonport)

Posting Date: 12 May 2020

Location: Bristol, Bristol, GB, BS16 6QD

Company: Babcock

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Principal Electrical Engineer
Permanent, Full-time
Devonport, Plymouth or Bristol Based


About the role

Here at Babcock International we’re looking to recruit a Principal Electrical Engineer to join our Energy & Marine Division. Our core skills include Naval Architecture, Systems Engineering, multi-discipline design support and project management for new build and in-service commercial and defence vessels.

Our state-of-the-art facilities offer world-class efficiency, scale and quality and our customers include: governments, international shipyards and ship owners and energy majors.

You will work within a large team of Electrical Engineers who support numerous and varied projects. With a diverse product portfolio, we offer an exciting opportunity to join an ever-growing business with longevity. Projects include; design packages to support submarine and surface ship refits for the royal Navy as well as International Commercial and Naval contracts.

Through enviable and diverse project exposure and an exceptional work environment, this team has an incredible retention rate fostered through close team work, open communication and on-going career development opportunities.

In the role of Principal Electrical Engineer, you will provide decisive authoritative competent leadership in the delivery of engineering and technical activities and be a “Subject Matter Expert” within the marine electrical systems discipline within all phases of the project lifecycle. You will plan, lead and control engineering processes and activities to agreed programme ensuring task and project risks are communicated and managed appropriately, contribute to the development of regulatory and standards frameworks, ensure effective engineering governance and contribute/lead Project Safety Assessment process.

As well as being part of a business that continues to win new work and grow at a significant pace, we’ll also provide you with all the training, support and benefits that you’d expect from a global company.


What do I need to do the role?

You’ll need to have a minimum of a HND in an Electrical Engineering related subject and able to demonstrate breadth and depth of experience in a range of commercial or defence projects.

You may also have experience in any of the following:
•Technical Team Management
•Electrical experience
•Power Distribution / Power Generation
•Control Systems
•HV / High Voltage
•Breakers / Cable Selection
•Ship / Yacht / Lifeboat Design
•Have successful project experience within the Oil and Gas, Automotive or Navy / Marine Industries.

It would be an advantage of you also have:
•A thorough understanding of regulatory requirements and classification society rule sets.
•Be a Chartered Engineer and Corporate Member of a relevant Learned Institution, or significant demonstrable engineering experience and capable of registration with the Engineering Council at CEng level.

What else do I need to know?



This position is within the Energy & Marine business unit as a Grade 7 which has a salary banding of £48,195 to £59,290 with DRDL Terms and Conditions which includes a 36 hour working week.


•We are based at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth. You could also be based out of our Bristol site
•Permanent position with a competitive annual salary and excellent benefits.
•36 hours per week with flexible working and overtime available.


About Devonport

Babcock International Group owns and operates the main refit, maintenance and workshop area of the 330 acre naval site at Devonport, known as Devonport Royal Dockyard, where it employs thousands of people. The remainder of the site at Devonport is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is known as Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport – one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.

Babcock and the Ministry of Defence work in partnership to operate and maintain this co-located site by providing through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment.

Babcock has a large design and technology capability providing a wide range of support activities including feasibility and project definition studies, detail design, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.

About Babcock International

For more than a century, Babcock 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.

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If you experience difficulties please visit our website.  Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

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

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.


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