Principal Naval Architect

Posting Date: 18 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Principal Naval Architect

Devonport, Plymouth


Naval Marine


About the role


As the Principal Naval Architect you will provide effective leadership and engineering judgment for the Naval Architecture function within the WTA, providing support as required to the Complex Warship Support Enterprise (CWSE). You will work closely with the Class Output Management teams and the Service Provider, and directly support the Class Lead Engineer’s.

The Principal Naval Architect will be responsible for interpreting customer requirements, implementing the naval architecture policy and approving the naval architecture outputs to fully optimise activities performed on complex platforms through informed analysis of the up-to-date material state for the Class. 


Specifically, the WTA Principal Naval Architect will ensure the provision of technical support for all naval architecture matters for all classes managed by Babcock COM and the Surface Ship Support Alliance. The post holder will inform support decisions, define changes to the vessels, manage the naval architecture delegation and provide naval architecture and safety SQEP


Overall Department Direction


As a warship support partner to the Royal Navy, Babcock is a provider of deep maintenance, in-service maintenance and operational support for complex warships.  The Warships Technical Authority (WTA) is a multi-disciplined organisation within Warships Engineering, which provides support to the MoD across a range of technical, safety, environmental, and supportability disciplines.  You will be working alongside other highly qualified and knowledgeable engineers to deliver design and technical capability providing through-life support of RN complex Warships, whilst providing technical support to the Warship growth programme, and readiness for the support of future platforms



What do I need to do the role?


Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences



  • Experience in Naval Architecture and through life support of complex warships
  • Experience in technical problem solving
  • Experience in technical report writing
  • Competent verbal and written communication skills


  • Knowledge of surface ship support
  • Experience of Technical Authority roles and functions
  • Experience of engineering design processes


  • Degree qualified in Naval Architecture
  • CEng or IEng working towards gaining CEng accreditation

 What else do I need to know? 

  • Location- 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. We are happy to discuss relocation options if required.
  • Travel will be required to Bristol, Portsmouth, Faslane and Rosyth as needed on average 1-2 times per month.
  • Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.


Company Information

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.

 Babcock International Group is committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 

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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 and draughting, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.


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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