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Job description for Lead Submarine Engineer

Are you a Lead Engineer looking for a role with real-world impact supporting the defence of our nation? If so, the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) have a fascinating new opportunity within Submarine Escape, Evacuation and Rescue (SM EER) joining their Naval Authority and Technology Group (NATG) in Bristol.

You will support in reviewing, researching and developing technical standards and processes for SM EER systems and components. This will involve conducting technical investigations relating to novel technologies or applications for SM EER components and allow for the status quo to be challenged by developing and planning engineering activities to improve safety and inform policy.

As our Lead Engineer, you will directly support our Submarine Deputy Head by covering all aspects of SM EER across the submarine enterprise including in-service, in-build, future classes and disposals. You will represent senior management when required and be the subject matter expert (SME) and key safety lead in an essential area of overall Submarine safety whilst providing assurance to the Royal Navy.

In return, we offer flexible, family friendly working policies, accompanied by unrivalled development opportunities such as helping you to achieve Naval Authority Certifying Officer status.

Due to the nature of security requirements, this role is open to sole UK nationals only. There will be occasional domestic travel to other UK sites and the potential for international travel.


  • Delivery of engineering products / services including managing the acquisition safety aspects.
  • Set the benchmark for Submarine Escape Naval Authority certification in the Royal Navy.
  • Develop and implement policy standards and guidance whilst engaging with other project teams and internationally.
  • Will become a Naval Authority Certifying Officer.
  • Operational direction and delivery of engineering activity in area of responsibility as defined in the assignment specification or objectives.
  • Provide technical leadership in Submarine EER to solve complex problems with innovative solutions to support improved performance and enhance capability.
  • Interface with industry as the intelligent customer on projects and help SDA and industry understand technical risks.
  • Provide governance, assurance and advice on complex projects and portfolios in Submarine EER to guide and influence senior leaders, scientists and decision makers.

Person specification

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

  • Hold a relevant Level 6 qualification (degree), or demonstrate the equivalent experience.
  • Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status, or the equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Experience of providing technical advice at a senior level and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes.
  • Wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience within a maritime engineering environment.
  • Awareness of submarine systems and equipment.

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

  • Technical Decision Making (Expert).
  • Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance (Expert).
  • Communicating and influencing.
  • Changing and improving.


  • 25 days’ annual leave +1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday.
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required).
  • Market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27%.
  • Annual performance-based bonus and recognition awards.
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications.
  • Support for progression.
  • Huge range of discounts.
  • Volunteering days.
  • Enhanced parental leave schemes.

We believe in creating an inclusive environment where our people can grow, thrive, and be their authentic selves. We value diversity of thought and the ways in which it enriches our culture and our work. So whether you’re looking for a new opportunity, a next step, or a helping hand as you return from a career break, here you’ll find a supportive, family-friendly organisation to be a part of. And if you need any assistance with your application, just let us know.

Further Information

Selection process details

Your application will go through the following stages of assessment:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the Person Specification section of this advert. On your CV, please clearly show how you meet the essential criteria.

2. Sift – Your CV will be assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system: Key Achievements; Relevant Experience; Applied Knowledge and Skills

Please follow our guidance on CV writing for best chance of success.

3. Interview – If you’re invited to interview, you’ll be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the Technical Competences and Behaviours listed in the Person Specification section of this advert.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Ready to join us as an Lead Submarine Engineer? Apply today.


Job Details

Job title

Lead Submarine Engineer


£58,500 – £62,900 p.a (plus benefits). Existing civil servants should refer to the Further Information document for salary information.

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Working pattern

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



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Recruitment contact

Iustina Onisor – DE&S Talent Acquisition Specialist –