Principal Naval Architect

BAE Systems
Portsmouth, England, Hampshire
08 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
Hannah Bence
Defence, Marine

Principal Naval Architect

Would you like to play a vital role in the Design Services Naval Architecture team helping to provide solutions in support of the Royal Navy (RN) surface fleet worldwide? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Naval Architect at our site in Portsmouth.

As a Principal Naval Architect, you will be responsible for delivering naval architecture capability across a number of domains to meet the needs of Warship Support internal projects and the customer programmes.

This role will provide you with a great deal of variety working cross-platform and across different classes of vessels including the Queen Elizabeth Carrier. You will be part of the Centre of Excellence for the function and will liaise closely with Design Engineering and the MOD.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Naval Architect will involve:

Managing multiple tasks ensuring quality such as:

Structural designs for ship capability upgrades using a mixture of:

  • linear and non-linear FEATime-domain dynamic FEATheoretical methodsClassification Society standards and requirements

Demonstrating Ship stability safety:

  • Conducting inclining experiments to MoD standardsPerforming stability analysis and standards complianceCompiling stability books and operator guidance to MoD standards

Dry-docking consultancy:

  • Generating technical information to allow safe docking of shipsDock infrastructure studies - caissons, dock furniture, dock capacityOverseeing dry docking of ships

Supporting ship refits at the waterfront by providing engineering knowledge

Mentoring other team members and developing them technically

Providing assurance to the Design Authority that tasks are fit for purpose

Participation in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and tenders

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Naval Architect:


Qualified to degree level, preferably MEng, in Naval Architecture, /Marine Technology/Ship Science

Chartered Engineer (CEng) as a member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or eligible for it

Significant structural analysis experience, both theoretical and using FEA, preferably ANSYS Workbench

Engineering material selection and use, particularly according to British Standards/ Euronorms/ Classification Society standards


Experience of Leading, conducting and analysing Inclining Experiments in an MOD framework

Deep knowledge and understanding of dry-docking theory and practice

Caisson design and operation, GRP and steel ship repair methods and procedures

Thorough knowledge of surface ship design standards and processes (IMO, NES, DefStan, Classification Rules)

Understanding of the whole ship engineering design process, based on knowledge and experience from a variety of military platforms

Understanding and experience of the hydro-mechanic aspects of surface ship design, principally stability analysis

Good working knowledge of naval architectural software, particularly PARAMARINE and experience of CAD software such as AutoCAD, Inventor

What we're looking for in you:

You will be self-motivated with strong leadership skills, able to work under pressure and strive to identify new ways of working to improve processes, working practices and team efficiency. You will have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills and an ability to act as a role model for Naval Architects, encouraging innovation and creativity.

Location: Portsmouth

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.




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