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Job description for Junior Engineer

The SDA has exciting career opportunities for eager and motivated engineers to join our Principal Naval Overseers in Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria. The posts will suit eager time-served apprentices, engineering graduates and talented individuals looking for career opportunities in engineering, support to develop themselves professionally and exposure to some of the world’s most modern and technically advanced projects.

You will be inducted into a tactile, fair and ethical working environment that promotes personal development and career progression. A career with the SDA will enrich your future and, through our engineering upskilling policy, offer unrivalled opportunities for promotion as well as specialist technical training to support your career in engineering. We care about your career path, will encourage your progression, and nurture your development by your side.

There are positions available in engineering teams specialising in nuclear propulsion, propulsion systems, submarine systems and shipbuilding. Your skills, personality, aptitude, career goals, and interests will be assessed against your engineering specialism and discipline to find the best team fit for you.

Please be advised that due to the nature of security, these roles are reserved for sole UK Nationals only. Due to there being posts in multiple teams, the SDA reserve the right to offer the highest scoring applicant/s for each team respectively, subject to requirements.

Responsibilities for Junior Engineer

Thanks to the variety of the respective positions, key responsibilities will differ relative to specialism and department. If successful, we will look to allocate you to a role based on your skillset, preference, and strengths.

Shared responsibilities may include:

  • Provide support in the development and / or acceptance of a sub-system
  • Collect, collate and evaluate technical data to support the management of engineering technical requirements,
  • Contribute to the production of surveillance plans and undertake build surveillance on site & onboard submarines – ladder access will be required when undertaking surveillance onboard.

Person specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Educated to A Level or equivalent qualification, such as ONC or BTEC (level 3) or completed an apprenticeship in engineering
  • Some experience within their discipline or specialist area.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Improve Engineering Capability – Supervised Practitioner
  • Technical Decision-Making – Awareness
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • 25 days’ holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, with plenty of opportunities and support for progression
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • Up to six days of paid leave a year for volunteering
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave schemes, offering 100% pay for 26 weeks (after a qualifying period)
  • We champion a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and give their best. We believe that by harnessing the power of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
  • Discover more about SDA Benefits and pension schemes.

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Job Details

Job title

Junior Engineer


£26,000 – £28,000 per annum (plus generous benefits).

Contract type


Business area


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts


Recruitment contact

Iustina Onisor – SDA Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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