Trials Manager - Mechanical

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Trials Manager – Mechanical

Would you like an exciting opportunity to join our Engineering Team at BAE Systems? We currently have a vacancy for a Marine Engineering Trials Manager – Mechanical at our site in Portsmouth Naval Base.

As a Trials Manager – Mechanical, you will be joining a close-knit team that delivers engineering inspections and assurance services across the ship repair and fleet time support projects based in Portsmouth Naval Base.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work elsewhere in the UK or abroad, all though most projects are based in the Portsmouth Dockyard. This is a hands-on role at the delivery end of engineering support to the Royal Navy. There is immense satisfaction in accepting and assuring work completed to the right quality in order to allow QNLZ, T45, and the HUNT Class to proceed back to sae on operational duty.

Your main responsibilities as a Trials Manager – Mechanical will involve:

Planning, preparing and conducting of progress, safety and acceptance inspections of marine engineering systems and equipment in RN warships undergoing deep maintenance.

Planning and Preparing the required portfolio of evidence for whole ship trials such as HAT ME.

Preparing for and chairing take-on and wash-up meetings associated with inspections and trials.

Collating certification and supporting evidence in support of trials and inspections called.

Creating written reports.

Maintaining close liaison with the Delivery Teams and Commissioning engineers, Project Officers, Platform COMs, MCTA/MTAU, WTA and embarked Ship’s Staff.

Acting as Assurance Ship Manager as required, acting as the focal point of contact for trials requirements, planning, scheduling, coordination and delivery to time, cost and quality.

Coordinating the detailed chair scheduled project meetings and coordinate trials and inspection activity leading up to SSMOB and RFSD.

As required, assist in the preparation of trials and acceptance input to bid documentation including the scope, budgeting and estimation of trials effort.

Writing and reviewing equipment installation, commissioning and acceptance Test Forms and validating data recorded.

Your skills and qualifications:

As a Trials Manager your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

Preferably BTEC HNC and you will have also served a recognised apprenticeship or equivalent.

You will have extensive experience as a technical manager on RN ships. To have had particular responsibility for an ME sub-department would be an advantage.

You will be HV aware and will ideally have had experience of electrical hybrid propulsion systems.

Previous experience of managing T23/T45/QEC ME aspects either in a seagoing post or direct support role would be a major advantage.

You will be experienced in the conduct of maritime trials and acceptance and have a sound knowledge of general engineering standards applied to technical installations and systems.

Experience as an operational sea training engineering sea rider or MCTA trials officer would be an advantage.

Ability to interpret technical guidance instructions and read technical drawings.

You will be a good time manager with the ability to work unsupervised.

You will be computer literate and be familiar with Windows 7, Office 2010 applications, MS Project and be confident to use database applications.

What we're looking for in you:

The role requires a person with a strong character who will act with integrity. Good communications and influencing skills are essential as is the ability to forge strong, productive working relationships within the team and project environments, and across engineering disciplines.

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.

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.

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.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities.


Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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