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Job Description for Junior 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 Junior/Graduate Engineers to join our most modern and technically advanced projects. There are 4 positions available across respective engineering teams in Barrow-in-Furness. During your first months, we will assess your personality, aptitude, career goals, and your interests to find the best team fit for you. You will then set about learning the specialisms of your discipline of engineering and wider submarine systems. These roles are open to Junior Engineers, Graduates and Apprentices of any Engineering discipline and are well-suited to engineers who are seeking to gain a broader awareness of cross-discipline, whilst contributing to the some of the most complex and technically advanced programmes in the world.

As a responsible employer operating in a niche area and to reward your commitment, the SDA offers unrivalled opportunities to progress your career in engineering, specialist technical training to support your skills, hybrid working and encourages personal development in a fair and ethical environment. 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. We care about your career path, will encourage your progression, and nurture your development by your side.

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 Junior Engineer

Thanks 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. Shared responsibilities may include:

• Support the development of requirements for a sub-system
• Collect, collate and evaluate technical data to support the management of engineering technical requirements.
• Provide support in the development and / or acceptance of a sub-system.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Educated to A Level, or equivalent qualification, such as ONC, NVQ (level 3) or BTEC (level 3) or completed an MOD Apprenticeship

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Some experience in preferred discipline of engineering (e.g., Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Marine, Naval Architecture or relevant discipline)

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

• Improve Engineering Capability
• Technical Decision Making Awareness
• Working together
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

Please note, our salary bands are under review and may increase. If the outcome of the review results in an increase in the minimum salary and your salary offer falls below the new minimum, your salary will be increased to the new amount from your contracted start date. If the new minimum is less than the salary you are offered, the original salary offer will be retained.

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.

Please click the link below to apply for Junior Engineer by creating an account and upload your details.

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SDA Junior Engineer


£26,000 – £28,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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



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Jacob Willmore –

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