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Principal Safety Engineer (S&E)

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title: Principal Safety Engineer (S&E)
Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG (we can consider people who aren’t local as there will be the option to work from home)
Compensation: £50,000-£62,000
Role Type: Full Time & Permanent
Job ID: 41585


Marine Engineering & Systems (ME&S) is a leading design consultancy providing naval architecture, marine, system engineering, electrical engineering design and project support services to the offshore, marine and defence markets worldwide.  Within this business unit, Naval Engineering have vast experience in engineering, construction, concept design and through life support for a wide range of front line naval and auxiliary support vessels.


ME&S offers the opportunity to work on interesting and varied design and engineering projects supporting defence and commercial clients in the UK and internationally. Operating within various locations in the UK including Rosyth, Bristol and Plymouth, as well as having employees based internationally. ME&S aim to continue recent business growth which provides great opportunities for career progression and development.


This is not a Health & Safety or SHEF type role, it requires an extensive engineering background in a relevant field.

Who we are looking for?

As a Principal Safety & Environmental Engineer we are looking for someone who has an extensive engineering background in a relevant discipline and extensive experience of safety and environmental assessment/management processes that is specifically directed towards systems or product safety and environmental assessment in the maritime arena. You’ll be independently driven but also great at working within a team. You’ll be prepared and able to make decisions in own sphere of responsibility as well as having great people management skills.

What will you be doing?

The role is within our Safety and Environmental Engineering Group, developing designs through concept and early-stage design as well as supporting the bidding process.  The role is for a Principal Safety and Environmental Engineer, which will require

As a Principal Safety & Environmental Engineer, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Developing the safety and environmental engineering strategy in line with the requirements of the various export opportunities in the Babcock new build and concept programs

  • Produce the necessary supporting Safety & Environmental documentation for each opportunity (SEMS, SEMP, SECR etc.)

  • Provide governance and assurance to safety and environmental projects as directed

  • Support other members of SEG in developing non-nuclear safety and environmental assessments or cases

  • Liaise with design team and other stakeholders throughout the design lifecycle to ensure coordination and functionality of design, including supporting design reviews

  • Provide expertise and support in own engineering specialisation to other members of the safety and environmental engineering team


The experience you’ll bring

  • Ideally degree qualified but HND/HNC level qualification in an engineering discipline with extensive experience in relevant field will be considered
  • Have a fundamental understanding of Safety Management principals across the maritime domain including legislative requirements, Hazard Identification and Analysis (HIA) techniques, safety assurance throughout product lifecycle, safety case management and engineering assurance
  • Good knowledge of Naval Engineering in RN ships and/or submarines would be advantageous
  • Hold the Defence Maritime Regulator’s (DMR) Ship Safety & Environmental Management Training (SEMT) or Ship Safety Management Office (SSMO) Certificate or equivalent
  • Be a member of a relevant institution (e.g. IMechE, RINA, IET, SARS etc.) and hold Chartered or Incorporated status (or be working towards)
  • Either already UK Security cleared or able for achieve UK SC clearance

What a role with Babcock offers?

  • Enhanced employment terms and conditions
  • Money purchase pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Share ownership scheme
  • Occupational health services
  • Flexible working hours (only non-industrials)
  • Career opportunities, advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams
  • Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts


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.

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.


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Application Guidance:

All applications should be made online.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive 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.

Please follow the link when you apply to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.



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