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Principal Engineer - Mechanical Handling


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL2 2BG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:               Principal Engineer – Mechanical Handling 
Location:               United Kingdom – Hybrid – Working from home options available
Compensation:     £53,020 - £59,298 + Benefits
Role Type:             Full time / Permanent
Role ID:                  SF 48239

Creating Change Together


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 Principal Engineer, predominantly working from home, with occasional site visits.
As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers’ defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility.


Babcock International and Devonport 


The Principal Engineer role is based within our Devonport Royal Dockyard business area.


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.


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.

The role


The difference our new Principal Engineer will make
As a Principal Engineer, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You’ll be part of a significant programme of infrastructure investment and development that is required on the Devonport site to meet the needs of the future MOD ship and submarine programmes. The team are undertaking design on upgrading the existing dock to meet modern standards and support Astute Deep Maintenance Programme (ADMP).


Day to day, you’ll lead and manage mechanical handling design packages for the 10 Dock Facility ensuring Requirements are met through the design process; whilst also, managing deliverables through the Babcock Design process and Technical Governance process to ensure quality and consistency.


At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you’ll continually develop your knowledge and expertise. 


We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role is predominantly delivered remotely with occasional travel to site. 

Essential Experience

•    Demonstratable experience of designing conventional mechanical handling equipment to support production activities.  
•    Ideally, knowledge of designing cranes through design process with experience of requirements substantiation thereof.
•    Knowledge of lifting techniques, process etc. within a facility based production environment.
•    A Degree in a relevant discipline and ideally, Chartered Membership of an appropriate Institution. 
•    You will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.


What we offer


Generous benefits including:
•    Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays 
•    Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave 
•    Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
•    Employee share scheme – save tax and national insurance on shares, with 1 free share per 10 purchased
•    Employee shopping savings portal
•    Employment development allowance - £125 per year
•    Payment of Professional Fees
•    Reward and Recognition Scheme linked to Health and Safety
•    Working from home and flexible work patterns 
•    Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing 
•    Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
•    Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best


Babcock International 

For over 130 years, we have 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. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.


Armed Forces Covenant


We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.
Application Guidance


All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. 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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