Project Engineer

Posting Date: 23 May 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Project Engineer x 6
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Starting Salary: £31,470

About the Role
Here at Babcock International we’re looking for 6 new Project Engineers to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.


The Nuclear Facilities Project Delivery Team supports Devonport’s Nuclear Infrastructure to ensure it is available to support Submarine maintenance programmes. The 9 Dock readiness programme includes major structural changes, as well as major upgrades to the dockside cranes, mechanical and electrical services and refuel facilities.

As a Project Engineer you’ll be supporting the delivery of a variety of complex engineering upgrades to the site’s nuclear infrastructure, in preparation of the submarine’s Deep Maintenance Period (DMP). Your activities will include, but won’t be limited to: support of the planning and scheduling of project activities; management and delivery of distinct controllable tasks/activities; development of control of work information; production of project reports/metrics; management of technical documents’ reviews/verification, as well as method statements, deviation reports, drawing issues, change clearance certificates, Scope of Works, Inspection Test Plans, and Lifetime Quality Records. You’ll also be responsible for the provision of site inductions and the management sub-contractors, ensuring adherence to health and safety regulation as well as nuclear safety compliance.

What do I need to do the role?
You'll hold a minimum of ONC (or equivalent) in a relevant Engineering discipline and have relevant experience of working within the marine / engineering industry. Significant experience in technical documentation of major projects is essential for this post.

We would also like you to have some or all of the following:

  • Understanding of Submarine Systems
  • Understanding of Dockside Services/Facilities
  • Understanding of Project Management Tools and the Project Lifecycle; APM Project Fundamentals (Desirable).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel and Visio
  • Submarine Quality Assurance Course (Desirable)

Lastly, you’ll be a proactive and motivated team worker with strong interpersonal and effective communication skills (both written and verbal). You’ll also be highly organised with well-developed editorial and briefing skills.


What else do I need to know?
The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.


What impact does COVID-19 have on the recruitment process?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we may face.

Babcock will be continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

  • If you applied to a role which is not categorised as ‘essential’ or which cannot be performed by remote working, the recruitment process is likely to be affected. This may mean that your application may be delayed.
  • Interviews will be held by phone, WhatsApp video, FaceTime (where available) or you may be asked to complete an online interview. Should you be shortlisted for interview you will be provided with information regarding the format by the recruitment team.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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.


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.


We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


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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.


Closing date: 5th June 2020



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