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13 Nov 2020

Full-Time SDA Engineer

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

Job Description


£28,050 – £33,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Are you interested in the opportunity to work on the UK’s leading, most exciting Defence projects? The Royal Navy’s Submarine Service has operated the UK’s Nuclear submarines for 60 years, protecting our nation from the extreme threats.

We are currently looking for extraordinary and talented Engineers to join the Superintendent Submarines Organisation. This will see you specialise in the delivery of maintenance and refit for the SSN classes of the Royal Navy’s fleet of complex in-service submarines, including the cutting-edge Astute Class.

A key element of this role is liaising with stakeholders, both internally and externally, and providing recommendations on technical problem solving, coupled with appropriate planning abilities to resolve engineering problems.

This position will see you being based on-site at Devonport, one of our most impressive locations where you will be able to witness first-hand the output of your project delivery. You will form part of a multi-disciplinary team including both military and civilian personnel, with significant value project. It has excellent opportunities to keep progressing and developing your career; you will also have the opportunity to be involved with the apprenticeship schemes ensuring the success of future of the SDA.

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this post is reserved for Sole UK Nationals only.


The successful candidates will be responsible for overseeing the Contractor in delivery of submarine engineering survey and maintenance completion. In particular, you must work with the contractor to ensure quality standards and schedule adherence are being maintained, and ensure the SDA are supplying them with the information that they require to complete the customer requirements.

In addition, you will be expected to advise on technical problem solving, coupled with appropriate management planning abilities to resolve complex engineering problems. You will need to define technical requirements, manage solution development and ensure compliance with the customers ‘requirements.

You will be responsible for risk identification and mitigation, including the implementation of opportunities and LfE.

You will manage, review and control emergent work packages for submarine maintenance, material provision and any additional DA Requirements such as design changes.

You will manage concessions, quality assurance and non-conformance audits, taking management actions to minimise and mitigate such instances. Undertaking product verification and witness selected nuclear related and first level activities to ensure the quality standards are being maintained.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Proven extensive experience of general engineering standards
• Strong stakeholder management and communication skills
• Minimum Level 4 education (e.g HNC) or equivalent relevant suitable experience
• Demonstrable evidence of risk management
• Obtained or working towards registration with an engineering council

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Nuclear knowledge and experience
• Line management experience
• Maintenance/schedule planning

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Technical decision making
• Technical risk management

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 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 & SDA – 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 & SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


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

External candidates may be entitled to up to £8,000 of First Appointment Expenses (FAE) depending on the outcome of an eligibility check by Defence Business Services (DBS). Internal Civil Service candidates are not entitled to relocation expenses.

How to Apply

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

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