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Job Description for SDA Naval Architect

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.
We are seeking 2 enthusiastic and motivated Naval Architects to join our dynamic In-Service Submarine (ISM) team at MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol. Naval Architects in these roles will provide subject matter expertise to ensure that the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered submarines are safe and available to operate.

As our Naval Architect, you’ll use your exceptional communication and influencing skills to build strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to obtain and relay information critical to these projects. As part of our team, you’ll have wide exposure with other areas of our business (both industry and fleet) allowing you the opportunity to develop your skills and advance your career with us whilst supporting us to maintain stability standards, guidance and analysis tools.

Due to security requirements, this role is reserved for sole UK nationals only. Please also note that the role will require occasional travel to other UK sites as required.

Please be advised that due to the nature of security, these roles are reserved for sole UK Nationals only.

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 Naval Architect

In the role of Naval Architect, you’ll use your knowledge and skills to provide safety assurance of stability and manoeuvring and control for all in-service submarines. You’ll have exposure to all Royal Navy submarines through in-depth independent assessment and verification of stability and manoeuvring and control to support Naval Authority Certification and operator guidance.
Strong technical attributes will be required to deliver the following responsibilities:

• Undertaking stability and manoeuvring analysis including running Paramarine and Artemis models to inform design decisions and assure ship specification requirements are met
• Take ownership of submissions for key hazard certification for areas of responsibility
• Liaising with the wider ISM Design Authorities to communicate naval architecture-specific requirements
• Managing hydrodynamics tasking with QinetiQ, including free running model testing, surfaced manoeuvring modelling and future studies

What you will be assessed against

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

• Naval architecture experience with either surface ships or submarines
• Relevant Level 4 (or higher) qualification or equivalent experience (OR have equivalent experience in Naval Architecture or a closely related discipline)
• Be a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, OR have demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
• Have experience of providing technical advice and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes
• Have wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience in naval architecture

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

• Knowledge, or experience, of submarine naval architecture

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

• Application of Analytical Techniques
• Technical Decision Making
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

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 Naval Architect


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

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



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Joe Watson –

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