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26 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Salvage Electrical Engineer – SALMO

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Helensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description


£32,300 – £38,000

Job description

If you are an experienced Electrical Engineer with a passion for the intriguing world of salvage, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you. DE&S, Salvage and Marine Operations, is the lead across the MoD for the provision of marine salvage and emergency response. Our team of specialists including Master Mariners, Marine Engineers, Naval Architects, Environmental Scientists, ROV Pilots and Divers provide a centre of expertise for subsea activities and marine operations.

Our operations are varied and include: salvage assistance to damaged surface vessels, location of aircraft on the sea-bottom, survey of WWII wrecks, towage of warships and submarines, emergency response preparedness exercises and underwater engineering support to rectify defects on Navy platforms at home and overseas.

We are a flexible, highly trained and multi-skilled team who are ready to respond at short notice worldwide. We provide very exciting opportunities for global travel, recently sending our experienced team on deployments including Singapore, Japan and Bahrain.

Applicants will need to have a proven background and qualifications in Electrical Engineering; DE&S will provide you with the necessary training and help you on your journey to becoming an experienced operator.


The SALMO team at Marine Salvage Unit (North) are looking for a experienced Salvage Electricians who will act as the electrical safety focal point and be responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of electrical maintenance and supervision both ashore and afloat.

You will have the opportunity for regular deployments within the UK, abroad and afloat, leading as a focal point of the salvage team instilling best practice in operations as well as the shore-based management role.
Duties include equipment preparation, operational planning and documentation, Safe systems of work, HSE regulation and system maintenance plus associated review.

This is a Safety Delegated post and includes the ongoing development and maintenance of the Safety Case, standard operating procedures and safety management systems. You may on occasion, be called upon to engage in other diverse activity to support both SALMO and wider Defence outputs.

This Assignment is subject to Retained Grade Terms and Conditions. The Terms and conditions within the SALMO team differ from the DE&S standard TACOS and are detailed in the SALMO Retained Grade handbook which is currently under revision.
In order to be successful in this role you must be fit to pass and maintain a:
• 2 yearly ENG1 seafarers medical
• HSE Dive Medical. If you have no prior commercial diving experience, you will also be required to undertake a dive aptitude test which will be funded by SALMO
• Due to the nature of the projects involved, this post is open to Sole UK Nationals Only.
• You will be required to enlist as a Royal Navy Sponsored Reserve
• You will be expected to work overtime as and when required in support of operational commitments.
• You will be required to live within 60 minutes travelling time of the base to which you are appointed
• Hold a Valid Driving Licence

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• STCW regulation III/6 (Electro-Technical Officer) OR STCW Marine Engineering Qualifications Minimum III/1 (Engineering Officer of The Watch) OR
A relevant qualification in Electrical Engineering or Electrical and Electronic Engineering e.g. Degree/HNC/HND/Apprenticeship/RN Technical Qualification
• Qualify as an HSE surface supplied diver within 12 months of appointment
• Be fit to pass and maintain an annual HSE Dive Medical and biannual ENG1 Medical
• Relevant Seagoing or Offshore experience

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• HSE Commercial Air Diver/Supervisor
• Relevant experience in a Marine environment
• Marine Ops &/or Salvage Experience
• Hold Electrical Qualifications; 18th Edition

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Improve Engineering Capability
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Making effective decisions

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Electrical, engineering, HMNB Clyde, MOD, SALMO, and Scotland. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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