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19 Apr 2021

Full-Time SDA Chief Engineer – Submarine Naval Architecture

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

Job Description


£64,600 – £76,000, per annum (plus benefits). Salary listed is pro rata. Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information Leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Based out of MOD HQ Bristol Abbey Wood, a unique and vital requirement for a Chief Engineer – Submarine Naval Architecture is currently available within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), within the Naval Authority Group (NAG).

The NAG is responsible for safety certification of MOD shipping and the provision of subject matter expert advice in the associated technical areas. As Chief Engineer, you will provide safety certification for submarines across all key material hazard areas, with specific responsibility for submarine structures, watertight integrity, stability, manoeuvring and control, escape, and atmosphere control.

Within the post, you will manage the Maritime Strategic Capability Agreement (MSCA) contract with QinetiQ, for provision of various test and evaluation capabilities, supporting all ship and submarine programmes. You will be one of three Deputy Heads of the Naval Authority Group, responsible for the safety certification of the MOD’s ships and submarines, with specific responsibility for submarine naval architecture. You will be the lead for the MSCA Future Arrangement, a new significant investment in UK capabilities, to replace the current MSCA from April 2023. The MSCA also includes management of a strategic arrangement with France, for reciprocal provision of hydrodynamic test and evaluation facilities.

Due to security requirements, this is a Reserved post and open to Sole UK nationals only.


As Chief Engineer, your responsibilities will include the development of safety rules, processes, technical guidance and standards for submarine projects and industry. You will be the lead for the NAG’s business management activities. You will be responsible for defining, securing funding and delivering a programme of work to develop submarine safety and performance capabilities within your area of responsibility.

The post you will occupy is considered a centre of expertise, in which you will be expected to provide development and leadership in submarine naval architecture. You will chair the NAG Business Planning, Risk and Commercial sub-committee, and will be responsible for leading a team of world-class experts in their field.

What you will be assessed against
To be successful with your application, you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Minimum of Level 6 (e.g. BEng) qualification in Naval Architecture (or equivalent)
• You will hold Chartered Engineer status
• Significant naval architecture experience within submarines, with specific involvement in assurance of design and safety
• Member (preferably a Fellow) of an appropriate professional body (e.g. Royal Institution of Naval Architects)
• You will have experience of operating across a variety of systems

It would benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Level 7 (e.g. MEng) in Naval Architecture
• Held responsibility for safety certification, assurance or engineering management of a submarine’s complex system of systems

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• EFCF 4 Technical Decision Making (Expert)
• EFCF 2 Application of Analytical Techniques (Practitioner)
• 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.

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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.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: architecture, Bristol, chief, Defence, Engineer, Naval, SDA, and Submarine. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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