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Job description for SDA 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 Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) has exciting career opportunities for eager and experienced Engineers to join our most modern and technically advanced projects. The SDA promotes hybrid working and encourages personal development in a fair and ethical environment. We also offer an outstanding Civil Service benefits package that will enrich your future and nurture your career development throughout your tenure with the SDA. 

There are five positions available specialising in several disciplines of engineering across multiple engineering teams. We’ll assess your personality, aptitude, career goals, and your interests to find the best team fit for you! 

As a responsible employer operating in a niche area, the SDA can offer unrivalled opportunities for promotion as well as specialist technical training to support your career in engineering. Our projects span the whole submarine life cycle, from concept design through to build and in-service support. As a result, our projects can last decades, meaning we offer exceptional job stability alongside career development. Many of our senior engineers started with us as trainees or in junior posts and have spent their whole careers in the SDA. We care about your career path, will encourage your progression, and nurture your development by your side. 

Our organisation and Engineering Function is growing. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with qualifications and/or experience in the following disciplines: 

  • Naval Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ex-military
  • Marine Engineering 

Due to security requirements, these roles are reserved for sole UK nationals only. Some roles will require the successful applicant to obtain Developed Vetting (DV) clearance after starting. 

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 SDA Engineer

Due 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. When working on SDA projects, the responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

  • Oversee the engineering technical requirements, ensuring requirements placed on our suppliers meet the Royal Navy’s needs and that these are delivered by our suppliers
  • Evaluate proposed system designs for new submarines
  • Review and approve design changes for submarines in-build
  • Identify solutions to defects and obsolescence on in-service submarines to maintain the design intent
  • Manage technology development projects and introduce new capabilities to in-service submarines
  • Develop specialist knowledge in your field to provide advice 

What you will be assessed against            

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

  • HNC (e.g., Level 4 or higher) qualification in a relevant subject or have equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Demonstratable experience of providing technical advice and in the delivery of successful engineering outcomes
  • Demonstratable technical experience in a relevant discipline or specialist area       

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

  • Experience working in a regulated industry, such as oil & gas, energy, rail, automotive, defence, maritime, aerospace, automotive, nuclear, or similar

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

  • Improve Engineering Capability                  
  • Application of Analytical Techniques                   
  • Communicating and influencing                   
  • Making effective decisions                     

What’s in it for you?  

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Learn more about our benefits and 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, together we can achieve the extraordinary.

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Job Details

Job title

SDA Engineer 


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

Contract type


Business area


Working pattern

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



Number of posts


Recruitment contact

Jacob Willmore

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