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23 Apr 2021

Full-Time SDA Infrastructure Engineer

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

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000


The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, the SDA supports Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.

Job description

At SDA we are looking for a dynamic Engineer with experience of working in a high complexity/high hazard industry, who is able to apply their skills in our exciting and challenging environment. Engineers from other disciplines with appropriate experience may also be considered.

The SDA Engineering Function has an opportunity for you to join the Devonport Infrastructure team as an Engineering Lead working in HMNB Devonport.

The FLEET22 project has been established to ensure the facilities within the Licenced Nuclear Site at Devonport Dockyard continue to meet the demands of the UK Submarine programme for the next 50 years and beyond and is at the forefront of Civils Nuclear Infrastructure work being undertaken on-site.

Using your Engineering proficiency, you will provide engineering expertise to the project manager as the Prime Contract executes delivery of the civil scope of work and the development of the Facility Safety Case.

You will be responsible for providing the SDA technical input to the project across multiple engineering disciplines; the scope of work includes civil, mechanical and electrical systems and facilities, and the generation of a nuclear facility safety case.
You will also be responsible for monitoring and oversight [as the client representative] of the programme delivery, in particular, the progression of the technical scope from concept, scheme and detailed design through build, commissioning and integration. You will provide technical input at interface meetings with the supplier and maintain regular contact with the design, safety management and delivery teams on and off site.

The successful candidate needs to be a willing and strong challenger of the outputs during the design stages and behave as the ‘eyes and ears’ on site during construction/installation to ensure the supplier continues to deliver to the customer requirements and agreed outputs.

If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our national security then we want to hear from you.

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this role is open to SOLE UK NATIONALS only.


Performing technical design reviews of Facility systems improvements.
• Monitoring on/off site delivery of the design programme and subsequent build, commissioning and integration of cross discipline mechanical, electrical and civil engineering systems.
• Provide SDA intelligent customer input to project reviews and interface meetings.
• Provide technical support to the Project Manager in execution of his/her duties.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essentialcriteria:
• A minimum Level 4 (e.g. HNC) qualification in a relevant Engineering subject – civil, mechanical, electrical or systems (recognised engineering qual desirable – CEng or IEng). Construction engineers may also be considered.
• Experience of working within a high complexity/high hazard industry where safety is a formal priority.
• Engineering ‘onsite’ experience during construction/build activity.
• Experience of working within a highly regulated environment (nuclear safety case requirements preferable
• Strong communication skills.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:
• Submarine support systems experience.
• Project Management principles
• Naval Reactor experience and Supporting Infrastructure Maintenance.
• Experience of safety case methodologies – nuclear
• Experience of Astute Class submarines and or support systems

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
• Technical Decision-Making
• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

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.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please 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.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about 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: Devonport, engineering, infrastructure, MOD, Plymouth, and SDA. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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