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28 Aug 2020

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Mechanical Engineer

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Would you love the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s leading Defence Technical Projects and Programmes, supporting our Armed Forces in current and future operations?

If you are an experienced Mechanical Engineer with a talent for communicating, influencing and embracing change, then this could be the ideal position for you.
Both Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and The Submarine Delivery Agency (The SDA) are offering exciting opportunities to join their teams.

If you have a range of mechanical engineering experience from sectors such as maritime, oil and gas, or manufacturing where you will have dealt with Auxiliary, Propulsion or Heavy Equipment and would love the chance to work with the UK’s leading Submarines or Surface Ships, please do not hesitate to apply.

As part of these vital roles, you will have unique access to the front line, supporting the work of the Royal Navy. You may be involved in keeping ships or submarines at sea, allowing them to perform their principle role through being responsible for managing the upkeep of principle naval assets. You may also be involved earlier in the Acquisition of equipment providing technical leadership to key aspects of large procurements.

In these roles you will be expected to lead and advise on technical problem solving, often coupled with appropriate management planning abilities to resolve complex engineering problems. You will be required to work with one or many types of systems/equipment’s including diesel generators, engines, navigation systems, domestic, grey and black water systems, fire fighting, air conditioning, hydraulics and high/low pressure air systems.

Please note that due the nature of security, some of these roles may be restricted to Sole UK Nationals only.


The responsibilities will vary from role to role, but will include some of these listed:

o Identify and manage Marine Engineering risk whilst providing guidance on Marine Engineering issues
o Collect, collate and evaluate technical data, review technical equipment and systems and support, and take decision on these
o Solve complex systems problems and implement resolutions.
o Provide independent perspective on innovation and technology risk in the delivery of Military Capability.
o Review and update the engineering management plans
o Deliver on change, concessions and configuration management plan
o Develop engineering functional assessments of the programme and delivery status reports
o Review and action the design and build concessions
o Specify requirements for new capabilities
o Provide support engineering for a range of Marine Engineering Equipment and Systems
o Develop or assist with Design changes
o Support Safety Analysis
o Ensuring achievement of Naval Authority Certification
o Performance optimisation
o Interaction with contractors & original equipment manufacturers
o Support through maintenance periods and assist with fault finding, rectification and continuous improvement
o Documentation reviews and approval of supplier documentation
o Liaising with internal/external customers & suppliers, including liaising with the dock yard
o Setting standards, ensuring policies are complied with

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Relevant Level 4 (or higher) qualification or equivalent experience
• Chartered or Incorporated Engineer or have the ability to achieve this within 12 months of appointment
• Mechanical Engineering background
• To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of mechanical equipment within Maritime environment or identify transferable skills

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Engineering experience on Maritime Propulsion systems including auxiliary propulsion and the supporting ancillaries
• Maritime experience, preferably in the Defence sector
• Previous experience of technical leadership and managing teams

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

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

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 or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
    • An environment with flexible working options
    • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    • A Civil Service pension

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

    This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

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How to Apply

Follow link to apply Please click here to apply   Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 6th September 2020

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, Engineer, mechanical, and MOD. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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