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Job description for Marine Engineer

Do you want to work in an environment where you can harness your passion for defence and engineering, whilst developing your skills and experience? If so, an exciting and dynamic opportunity has arisen for Marine Engineers to join our team, supporting the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates.

As one of our Marine Engineers, you may conduct system and compartment inspections, acceptance, steelwork inspections, product verification and witness trials for the Type 26 project, working closely with Royal Navy and BAE Systems personnel. This expert team is made up of individuals operating in these key technical areas: electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; and naval architecture, and as such, we would welcome applications from candidates with experience in any of these areas. This is the most complex and capable warship that we have ever procured!

Please be advised that these are physically demanding roles, and the successful applicants will undertake ship and ship-in-build surveillance and inspection activities. These activities may include but are not limited to, climbing vertical ladders, working at height and in confined spaces – suitable training will be provided.

Attendance at the stated site will be required, as well as some travel between the Scotstoun and Govan shipyards, and to supplier premises. There may also be overtime hours available, as well as the opportunity to attend sea trials as the build progresses towards delivery.

Due to security, some of these roles are open to sole UK nationals only.

Responsibilities for Marine Engineer

As Marine Engineer, you will be responsible for design approval and conducting acceptance as part of the Joint Acceptance & Assurance Team (JAAT).

In these roles, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Plan and conduct build surveillance
  • Accelerate trials and produce trials reports whilst commenting on technical documentation
  • Champion compartment and system inspections
  • Verify acceptance evidence, and assess and approve design changes
  • Support safety and environmental management processes
  • MOD stakeholder engagement
  • Design assurance through joint working with BAE Systems

Person specification

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

  • Relevant HNC (e.g., Level 4 or higher) qualification in an engineering or similar discipline, or have the equivalent in experience
  • Marine, mechanical, naval architecture, or relevant production experience
  • Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes

It would also be great if you can demonstrate any of the following desirable criteria:

  • Ship operations, ship design or ship building experience

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

  • Technical requirements, evaluation & acceptance – supervised practitioner
  • Technical decision making – supervised practitioner
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Seeing the bigger picture


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 Little Book of Big Benefits and pension schemes.

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Job Details

Job title

Marine Engineer


£32,500 – £35,000

Contract type


Business area


Working pattern

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



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Recruitment contact

Emily Harrold – DE&S Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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