Small Boats Principle Naval Architect

BAE Systems
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
23 Aug 2019
06 Sep 2019
Arundeep Gill
Defence, Marine
Job Type

Small Craft Naval Architect

Based in HM Naval base Portsmouth (PNB), BAE Systems Small Boat business is set up to manufacture and repair a wide range of military specification small boats for both the Ministry of Defence and other military and commercial customers. We currently have a vacancy for an experienced Small Craft Naval Architect at our site in Portsmouth.



As an experienced Small Craft Naval Architect, you will be providing solutions in support of bids, research and development, and post design projects for small craft.


This role will provide you with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including design through to delivery and in-service support whilst conducting tasks such as structural and stability analysis. You will also lead individual engineering projects and develop requirements for new products.


With a steady investment in a growing portfolio of products, this is an opportunity to join a small team of dedicated engineers with opportunities to rapidly develop your skills. The small boats sector is responsible for the design, build and support of small boats to the military market. It is a close knit multidisciplinary team covering through life support and new build opportunities, sitting within the BAE Systems business it benefits from that stability and support of a larger business. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic engineer keen on covering the full range of design from concept through to delivery.


Your main responsibilities as a Small Craft Naval Architect will involve:


Collating evidence and present solutions so as to provide assurance to the SDA and other stakeholders


Leading engineering projects from requirements definition through to delivery and providing sound estimates for engineering work carried out


Conducting naval architecture tasks such as structural analyses, stability analyses, inclining experiments and concept design and provide technical guidance to other team members


Conducting all activities in a professional manner delivering naval architecture design solutions to agreed time, cost and quality to meet project or business milestones


Participating in a wide range of activities including concept design, detailed design, support to build, delivery and in-service support to the small boats sector


Ensuring that work is undertaken in accordance with Company, Safety, Environmental, contractual and local business processes, standards, procedures and documentation


Drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents relevant to, or required by, a particular task in order to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients


Participating in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and tenders as directed by bid the manager in order to provide costed proposals for future work under the authority of the SDA

Your skills and qualifications:


Qualified to degree level in Naval Architecture /Power craft Design.



Demonstrable knowledge and, ideally, experience in a minimum of five of the following:


- Have the ability to lead engineering projects.

- Small craft design from concept through to delivery.

- Small Craft design standards and processes (IMO, MCA, ISO, DefStan, Classification Rules)

- Vessel powering and performance analysis.

- Small Craft systems design including electrical, fuel bilge etc.

- 3D modelling, ideally using Siemens NX, and 2D drafting knowledge and experience.

- Stability analysis, ideally using Maxsurf.

- GRP design and repair knowledge

- Aluminium design and repair knowledge

- Structural analysis, both theoretical and using FEA,

- Conducting and analysing Inclining Experiments.

- Requirements Capture.



Already or on course to be Professionally Registered (CEng) as a member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or equivalent.

Awareness of Product Safety and SHE and the participation in HAZIDs.

Knowledge of commercial and/or military small craft.

What we're looking for in you:


You will be a proactive individual with excellent communication skills in order to liaise with both internal and external stakeholders on all levels whilst representing BAE systems in both the supply chain and customer community. You will also have exceptional leader skills allowing you to lead design tasks and guide and influence others on technical matters.

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.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us.



From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy's complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.


With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there's Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!


Join us and the projects you'll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.


BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.


Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.


Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.


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