SDA Lead Electrical Engineer

  • Job Reference: 156957
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Employer: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
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  • Location: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth, PL2 2BG
  • Salary: £37,400 to £44,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: generous benefits package
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full Time, Part Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

Job description for SDA Lead Electrical Engineer

Do you want to work in an environment where you can harness your passion for defence and engineering, whilst developing your skills and experience? If so, an exciting and dynamic opportunity has arisen for an experienced waterfront Engineer to be the electrical Design Authorities (DA) eyes and ears on the ground.

The Electrical Design Authority within the SDA In-Service Submarines team is responsible for providing safe to operate electrical systems across all the currently in-service T, V and A boats. The team is based at MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol, and is tasked with managing design change and work packages for maintenance periods, including the longer refit periods, which take place in Devonport. This waterfront post in Devonport is the Design Authority’s representative on site.

The position requires a dynamic individual who can carry out on-board assessment of electrical engineering issues and assist in planning and maturing work packages.

Due to the nature of security, this role is reserved for sole UK nationals only.

Responsibilities for SDA Lead Electrical Engineer

As Lead Electrical Engineer, you will work in a complex project environment, delivering technical advice across an array of situations, whilst also liaising directly with key stakeholders to resolve technical electrical issues.

The responsibilities of this post will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Technical Assessment of defects
• Attending Joint Project Team meetings
• Engaging with industry and military stakeholders on site
• Briefing the DA about on-site issues

As our Lead Electrical Engineer, you will be based at HMNB Devonport and will be required to work on site most days. Flexible working hours are available, with occasional detached duty travel expected.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Hold a relevant Level 4 (or higher) qualification in Engineering or have equivalent experience
• Have demonstrable marine electrical engineering experience
• Be able to work independently
• Have considerable stakeholder management experience

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Submarine experience would be preferred

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Improve Engineering Capability
• Technical Decision Making
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market-leading employer pension contributions of between 26.6% and 30.3% 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 SDA by clicking here.

Whilst you will be based out of the listed location, SDA promotes Smarter working, which provides flexibility over where work is carried out whilst ensuring organisational outcomes are delivered effectively and efficiently. We adopt an ‘attend for a purpose’ approach in relation to visits to site.

Please refer to the Civil Service Pensions Retirement Modeller to get an indication of the benefits you may receive from your Civil Service Pension, when you come to retire.

We value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

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 the 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 the SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.