Configuration Engineer

Job Description

Job Title: Configuration Engineer
Location: Portsmouth
Business Unit: Energy & Marine

Overall Department Direction

The Marine and Technology Division employees highly skilled people and are the UK's leading naval support business. It draws on an unmatched range of engineering and technical skills in providing through-life services and deep maintenance to the Royal Navy's major warships and nuclear-powered submarines, in addition to operating a wide range of strategic shore-based naval support facilities. The Division is also expanding rapidly into the overseas naval market sector.

Our UK-based business units each focus on a particular market segment - submarines, warships, naval base services, equipment manufacture and logistic support services, and design and technology-led program's. We also have a business unit focused on growing our naval business activities in Australia, New Zealand & Canada.

Energy & Marine is a business unit within the Marine & Technology Division of Babcock International Group. E&M is a leading design consultancy providing naval architecture, marine, system engineering, electrical engineering design and project support services to the offshore, marine and defence markets worldwide. Within this business unit, Naval Engineering have vast experience in engineering, construction, concept design and through life support for a wide range of front line naval and auxiliary support vessels.

E&M offers the opportunity to work on interesting and varied design and engineering projects supporting defence and commercial clients in the UK and internationally. E&MT operates in four locations within the UK including Rosyth, Bristol and Plymouth, as well as having employees based internationally. E&M aim to continue recent business growth which provides great opportunities for career progression and development.

Babcock offer generous reward and benefits packages, including pension schemes and share ownership. Working for Babcock will give you the opportunity to develop your career, with fantastic prospects for career progression, along with the ability to develop skills and knowledge.

Overall Department Direction:

E&M delivers the Master Record Data Centre (MRDC) (Ships) contract for the Surface Ship Configuration Status Accounting service provision. The MRDC is part of the Master Record Centre (Ships), which is the Ministry of Defence principle controlling authority for the provision of configuration management services to record the ship fit definition of the in-service Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Surface Ships.

Located within the Lakeside facility in Portsmouth the MRDC (Ships) team are responsible for managing and maintaining the Surface Ship Definition Database (SSDD). The SSDD contains millions of records relating to RN and RFA ships. The service ensures the capture of all necessary data and that SSDD is kept relevant and easily accessible. There can be significant impact on-board if SSDD data is not kept current as its information is required to coordinate all maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the fleet effectively. It is therefore vital that the MRDC is provided with timely and accurate source material, e.g. A&A Installation Solutions, End of Support Period Reports, Drawings and Parts lists in order to maintain up to date information on changes to Ship Fit.

Main Purpose of the Role

The Configuration Engineer will undertake configuration accounting tasks which involves for the extraction of configuration data from approved source material to ensure the SSDD is maintained with the right data at the right time. This involves interpreting technical data from drawings, specifications and other technical publications, comparing to data held in the SSDD and updating SSDD as required.

As a configuration engineer you will be responsible for the accuracy of your own work, whilst working under the direction of both the Configuration Assurance Manager and the Configuration Team Lead. The role includes liaising with stakeholders to resolve data conflicts whilst ensuring tasks are completed within the contracted timescales.

What do I need to do the role?
Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences

* You will be a strong communicator both with internal and external stakeholders, as well having technical knowledge and ability to present data issues internally. You will be a strong team player who can interact well within your own team and other teams and business areas.
* Engineering experience is desirable with knowledge of support activities within the MoD Maritime environment being an advantage.


ONC or equivalent engineering academic qualification with suitable experience in engineering, preferably within the MoD Maritime domain.

This position is within the Energy & Marine business unit as a Grade 3 which has a salary range of £31,470 - £38,480 with DRDL Terms and Conditions.

Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.