Senior Naval Architect

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Senior Naval Architect

Would you like to play a key role in our Naval Architecture team and be involved at the sharp edge of surface fleet support? We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Naval Architect at our site in Portsmouth Naval Base.

As a Senior Naval Architect, you will be involved with a wide range of engineering and design activities within the Engineering and Digital Services team for some of the most technologically-advanced naval ships in existence.

This role will provide you a unique opportunity to work across ships including the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, T45 Destroyers, T23 Frigates, River Class OPVs or Hunt Class Minehunters, focussing on a broad set of challenges to meet the needs of our customers in the MoD and Royal Navy in order to ensure availability of safe and capable warships.

Your main responsibilities as a Senior Naval Architect will involve:

Conducting and providing technical leadership and direction for naval architecture tasks such as

  • structural analyses,
  • stability analyses,
  • inclining experiments
  • dry dockings
  • design of capability insertions

Participating in a wide range of activities including concept design, detailed design, support to delivery and in-service support to surface ships and naval base facilities

Drafting and approving 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

Preparing and submitting technical proposals and tenders in order to provide costed proposals for future work

Maintaining accurate records of all design related work in accordance with relevant extant procedures to ensure a complete design record of work undertaken

Your skills and qualifications


MEng or equivalent qualification in Naval Architecture/Marine Technology/Ship Science

Experience in structural analysis in a MoD framework, both theoretical and FEA, preferably ANSYS Mechanical Workbench

Understanding of ship stability certification in a MoD framework and experience using Paramarine software


Professionally Registered (CEng) as a member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or equivalent

Understanding of dry-docking theory and practice

Experience with FRP- (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) design and ship repair methods and procedures

Knowledge of Surface ship design standards and processes (DefStan, Classification Society Rules, IMO)

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills and an ability to build effective working relationships and influence when required, 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.

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.