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Senior Naval Architect

BAE Systems
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Closing date
25 Nov 2020
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Senior Naval Architect

Would you like to be involved in providing governance and oversight of Naval Architecture decisions that affect the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, T45 Destroyers, T23 Frigates or Hunt Class Minehunters? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Naval Architect at our site in Portsmouth Naval Base.

As a Senior Naval Architect, you will contribute specialist knowledge in naval architecture, ship structures and outfit, supplying advice and support into the Warship Technical Authority (WTA), ship delivery team and other functions.

This dynamic role will provide you with a unique opportunity to work across a broad set of challenges to meet the needs of BAE Systems Warship Support, MoD DE&S and the Royal Navy to deliver availability of safe and capable warships.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Naval Architect will involve:

Applying a breadth of knowledge and experience and providing technical advice on all aspects of naval architecture and structures issues at a platform level

Supporting the technical interface on all day-to-day matters associated naval architecture and structural engineering issues on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and other classes with the customer, alliance partners and key supply chain OEM's

Supporting the provision of authoritative evidence to demonstrate that design change has been holistically integrated and ensure that the design intent has been maintained

Ensuring that the platform inputs to the Safety Case have integrity and are comprehensive, coherent and consistent

Collecting and collating evidence for Naval Authority Certification submissions

Identifying and proposing opportunities for improvement of platform design

Providing feedback on data quality and associated risks

Your skills and qualifications as a Senior Naval Architect:


Degree/HND or equivalent qualification or experience in Naval Architecture/Ship Science/ Structural Engineering

Knowledge and understanding of ship or marine structure design and the sound judgement needed to be able make correct trade-off decisions

Experience working with Class Society/Naval Authority/Flag State rules


Experience of warship or submarine design

Knowledge and understanding of working with the Ministry of Defence and/or Royal Navy

Strong CAD skills

Chartered Engineer or willingness to work towards CEng registration

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills and an ability to build effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. You will be logical, analytical with strong problem-solving skills and ability to recognise the big picture in order to prioritise efforts.

Location: Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

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. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

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.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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.


At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

We’re pleased to launch a BAE Systems first; an interactive video. If you are interested in learning more about working with submarines, click the link below to experience, in your own way, a day in the life at the BAE Systems submarine shipyard.

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