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SDA Naval Architect

Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
£28,050 - £33,000 per annum (plus benefits)
Closing date
29 Nov 2020
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An exciting opportunity for a Submarine Naval Architect / Marine Engineer in the Naval Authority Group, helping deliver safe, capable and available submarines, both current and future, for operation by the Royal Navy. The Naval Authority Group (NAG) is a pan-maritime group supporting Submarines and Ships, within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The Naval Authority Group is responsible for:

• Provision of Naval Authority Safety Assurance including Certification activities.
• Provision of NAG Technical Support including development of technical solutions and SME advice and guidance.
• Delivery of Training and Development activities including the running of NAG specific courses, seminars and functions to support SQEP (Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person) development.
• Development management of Maritime Technical Publications.
• Management of the Maritime Strategic Capability Agreement (MSCA), between MOD and QinetiQ.

The NAG SM team provide Naval Authority Assurance and Subject Matter Expertise (SME) to the Submarine projects from concept, through build and in-service.


The post holder will work in a small team contributing to the safe management of RN Submarine Structures, managing Key Hazard Certification, undertaking structural analysis and providing Subject Matter Expertise to the submarine projects from concept to in-service. You will be developed to use SM Structures analysis tools along with Finite Element Analysis and be responsible for the maintenance of a portfolio of SM Structures naval standards and guidance documentation. You will have graduated responsibilities in the following areas:

• Reviewing Officer for SM Structures Key Hazard Certification.
• Undertake Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for SM Structural issues in support of SM projects.
• Provide Subject Matter advice to SM Projects.
• Maintain and when appropriate write SM Structures guidance documents in support of projects and industry.
• Assist with the development and maintenance of SM Structures training activities and courses.

Please note that, due to security requirements, this role is limited to SOLE UK NATIONALS ONLY.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Qualified to a minimum of Level 4 (e.g. HNC) in naval architecture / Shipbuilding or related subject

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Practical experience in SM Structures
• FEA capability in Abaqus
• Qualified to Level 7 (e.g. MEng) in Naval Architecture or equivalent
• Working towards membership of Professional Institution and CEng status
• Attended the UCL submarine design course

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Application of Analytical Techniques
• Technical Decision Making

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Communicating and influencing
• Seeing the big picture

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by reading more about our Employee Benefits.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S & SDA – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our Engineers are exemplars both within DE&S & SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.


Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a highly specialised and essential part of the Ministry of Defence.  Their purpose is to equip and support the UK’s Armed Forces for operations now and in the future. DE&S are a combined workforce of over 11,100 civilian, military and private contractor staff who are deployed at over 150 locations in the UK and overseas, with headquarters located in Bristol.

DE&S plays a vital role in maintaining military operational capability by acquiring and supporting a wide range of world class equipment and services including:

  • ships
  • submarines
  • aircraft
  • vehicles
  • weapons and information services

DE&S regularly recruits people within the project and programme management, finance, information, quality, engineering and science, logistics and commercial functions.

Build your career with DE&S and you will be working alongside a team of people who are immensely proud of what they do in providing the best possible service to the Armed Forces. Their people have a unique set of skills and abilities that enable DE&S to deliver a programme of work that includes complex warships, submarines, aircraft and armoured vehicles, through to field kitchens, munitions handling, and postal and courier services to the front line.

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