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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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Job description

An exciting opportunity for a Submarine Naval Architect in the Naval Authority Group, helping deliver safe, capable and available submarines, both current and future, for operation by the Royal Navy.

You will engage with international partners, including Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and the United States, jointly developing new techniques and understanding in submarine hydro mechanics. This will include opportunities for overseas travel.

The role is involved in the management and direction of the domain critical submarine hydro mechanics research programme, delivering cutting edge developments, new research and supporting new and in-service vessels, in support of wider Defence Nuclear Organisation requirements and objectives.

You will be responsible for the maintenance of a portfolio of naval standards and guidance documentation and their implementation across the entire UK submarine force.


This role is involved in the safety assurance of submarine stability and manoeuvring and control for all in-service and new construction vessels. It provides exposure to all Royal Navy submarines through in-depth independent assessment of stability and verification of manoeuvring and control to support Naval Authority Certification. In doing so, advice, guidance and education will be provided to Platform Authorities, Industry and Societies, and Navy Command. You will also have a key role in developing the in-house submarine computational fluid dynamics capability.

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 Level 4 (e.g. HNC) in naval architecture combined with extensive relevant practical experience in submarines hydrostatics or hydrodynamics, OR qualified to Level 6 (e.g. BEng) in Naval Architecture (or other relevant engineering/science) coupled with experience of working in submarines hydrostatics or hydrodynamics or equivalent
• Competency in the use of Naval Architectural analytical tools (preferably with Paramarine and Artemis experience) and how to apply these to novel concepts

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

• Qualified to Level 7 (e.g. MEng) in Naval Architecture or equivalent
• Membership of Professional Institution and CEng status, or working towards it
• 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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