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Job Description for Marine 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. 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 a Marine Engineer to join our team, supporting the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates.

As one of our Marine Engineers, you will conduct system acceptance, build inspections, product verification and witness trials for the Type 26 project, working closely with Royal Navy and BAE Systems personnel. The team consists of experts operating in the following technical areas: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or naval architecture. This is the most complex and capable warship that we have ever procured!

In these roles, there will be overtime hours available as well as the opportunity to attend sea trials as the build progresses towards delivery. Please be advised that these are physically demanding roles and will require the successful applicant to undertake ship and ship-in-build surveillance and inspection activities. Activities may include but are not limited to, climbing vertical ladders, working at height and in confined spaces – suitable training will be provided.

Please note that due to security, some of these roles are open to sole UK nationals only.

Please note attendance at the stated site will be required for this position.

The successful applicant will be required to travel between the Govan & Scotstoun shipyards and to supplier premises.

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 Engineer

As Marine Engineer, you will be responsible for design approval and conducting acceptance as part of the Joint Acceptance & Assurance Team (JAAT). Key responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Planning and conducting build surveillance
  • Accelerating trials and producing trials reports and commenting on technical documentation
  • Championing compartment and system inspections
  • Verifying acceptance evidence, and assessment and approval of design changes
  •  Supporting safety and environmental management processes
  • MOD stakeholder engagement
  • Design assurance through joint working with BAE Systems

What you will be assessed against

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

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

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • Ship operations, ship design or ship building experienc
  • Experience in an Intelligent Customer role supporting the delivery of complex projects

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

  • Technical requirements, evaluation & acceptance
  • Technical decision making
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Seeing the big picture

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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Job Details

Job title

Marine Engineer


£32,500 – £35,000 per annum (plus benefits)

Contract type


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Working pattern

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



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Recruitment contact

Kenya Tate –

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