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Job Description for Marine Electrical Engineer

Engineering is the largest business function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced, battle-winning technology that we can keep those on the front line at the top of their game. That’s why we stay inventive and create positive change, with a strong focus on sustainable sourcing and minimising environmental impact too. Ready to make an impact that matters to the nation?

You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities for development, access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Neuro Inclusivity Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.
The DE&S T45 Napier team have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic Electrical Engineer to lead on electrical safety and design assurance within a complex and technically challenging project to improve the resilience of the Royal Navy Type 45 ‘Daring’ class fleet of ships.

As Electrical Engineering Lead, you will report directly to the Chief Engineer providing engineering support and assurance on all activities related to electrical power and distribution systems on the Type 45 ships. You will be influential in supporting the upgrade of the Type 45’s integrated electrical propulsion system.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for Marine Electrical Engineer 

As the T45 Napier Electrical Engineering Lead, you’ll be responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of activities against Engineering Management Plans. This includes engagement with stakeholders, regulatory authorities, and industry partners to ensure that systems and equipment are safe by design and remain safe to operate.

In this role, you will support junior members of the team and will be a role model in excellence, integrity and accountability.

Other responsibilities will include:

• Leading on the development of requirements including acceptance plans, performance criteria and draft specifications
• Managing the delivery of all electrical related engineering aspects, and ensuring that the design is compliant with defined system requirements, electrical legislation and defence standards
• Interfacing with industry as the intelligent customer and providing expert advice and guidance to solve complex technical problems
• Ensuring safety and engineering risks are identified, managed and mitigated using appropriate safety risk management practices
• Monitoring and implementing governance, assurance policies, standards, and procedures to safeguard the ‘safe and professional’ status of the project
• Supporting test and acceptance events by contributing to test & commissioning working groups, reviewing & approving equipment and system test forms and trials serials

This is a diverse and challenging position, and we would welcome applications from those currently holding, or working towards professionally registered status. For those that do not currently hold, we are pleased to be able to support you in your continued professional development.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• You will hold a relevant Level 6 qualification (i.e., Bachelor’s degree) or demonstrable equivalent engineering experience
• Knowledge of high voltage and low voltage power generation and distribution systems
• Knowledge, skills and experience in safety management
• You will have a wide-ranging depth and breadth of experience in an electrical technical discipline
• You will have experience of stakeholder management

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience of Defence standards and certification processes

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

• Technical Decision Making
• Technical Risk Management
• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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Marine Electrical Engineer


£43,400 – £47,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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



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Beth Wickens –

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