Principal Naval Architect

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Location:Akrotiri and Dhekelia

New Build Lead Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in providing design and capabilities cross a broad spectrum of projects within the Small Boats Design team? We currently have a vacancy for a New Build Lead Engineer at our site in Portsmouth.

The New Build Lead Engineer is a key role in the Boats engineering function as the role will support the Engineering Manager and Project Manager in the engineering delivery of new build contracts and design development. You will join the Small Boats sector, which is responsible for the design, build and support of small boats to the military market. It is a small close-knit team benefiting from the stability and support of the wider Maritime Services business. With a new 7-year support contract for the MOD and a rapidly growing portfolio of new products and designs, the sector has a growing workload which requires us to expand our engineering capabilities.

As a New Build Lead Engineer , you will be working as part of a dedicated multi-functional team, participating in a wide range of design activities supporting both new and in-service craft, from concept through to delivery. 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 New Build Lead Engineer will involve:


Significant knowledge of Small Craft Specification, Design, Development, Integration and Acceptance, able to appreciate the breadth of disciplines required and how the sub-system interfaces are defines and managed.

Leading small craft design from concept through to delivery.

Good knowledge of product safety application and process including hazard analysis

Ability to review technical drawings/reports/calculations

Knowledge of military and commercial small craft design standards

Ability to define vessel specifications and produce requirement documents


Vessel powering and performance analysis as well as Small Craft systems design including electrical, fuel bilge etc.

Conducting and analysing Inclining Experiments.

2D or 3D modelling experience (CAD software such as AutoCAD, NX)

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

Your skills and qualifications:

Qualified to degree level in Naval Architecture /Power craft Design

Chartered Naval Architect

What we're looking for in you:

Capable of communicating effectively, both orally and in writing with colleagues, clients and customers at all levels.

Able to explain difficult technical subject matters to non-specialists and other engineers

An excellent team player and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Rational, problem solver and able to assess risks both technical, project and business related.

Capable of maintaining control of the higher level needs of the technical solution as well as being able to focus in on the detail in specific area when necessary.

A can-do, enthusiastic attitude and enquiring mind with a flexible approach & openness to involvement in all aspects of the team’s work

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.

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.