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Principal Structural Designer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title: Principal Structural Designer
Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG
Compensation: £44,205 - £54,320 (Dependant on experience)
Role Type: Full time / Permanent 
Job ID: SF39874

Babcock Marine Engineering & Systems is looking to recruit a Principal Structural Designer to deliver and grow our design support capability. 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. 


Who we are looking for?


You will lead and manage a team of Structural Designers who support numerous and varied projects. As a principal designer, you will promote a culture of best practice, be responsible for the allocation of design tasks to design resource within discipline and for providing specialist technical advice and guidance to others


What will you be doing?


•    Promote a positive culture of; ownership, responsibility and pride in discipline/team products.
•    Allocate discipline tasks to allocated team of Designers, approve team design outputs, and ensure integration of inter discipline design in accordance with company and regulatory standards.
•    Ensure selecting the correct methods and tools for tasks and provide technical guidance to allocated team of Designers.
•    Ensure preparation/production of drawings in support of basic, detail and production design in line with recognised ISO standards and to the required; time, cost and quality requirements.
•    Provide point of contact with professional engineering colleagues and various stakeholders for multi discipline related issues during design lifecycle, lead design reviews and ensure integration and functionality of design.
•    Lead resolution of Production & Technical Queries & development of multi discipline solutions for the team in relation to manufacturing & installation issues


The experience you’ll bring 


•    You’ll need to hold a minimum of a HNC (or BTEC Level 4) in a relevant engineering subject or a suitable higher education qualification and significant experience in technical leading of a design team, with breadth and depth of knowledge of platform structure and design processes.
•    Incorporated Engineer status, or willing to work toward.
•    A sound understanding of specific design practices as relevant to individual and related discipline, post and project requirements;
•    A sound understanding of Company and departmental procedures relating to Design, Health & Safety and Quality requirements; 
•    Good knowledge of design tools and computer applications; eg Autodesk inventor and Autodesk Vault 
•    Experience of the Design process from Cradle to Grave
•    Experience of design support to the operation, refit or repair of nuclear submarines and complex warships. (desirable)
•    You will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (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.
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