Senior Naval Architect

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Naval Architect
Location: Devonport + Hybrid Working Arrangements
Compensation: Competitive
Role Type: Full time / Permanent
Role ID: SF56318

At Babcock we're working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Senior Naval Architect at our Devonport site.

We have built on the success of the UK MoD Type-31 Frigate and have secured contracts for frigate export variants (AH140) with overseas customers. As well as supporting exports of frigates, the engineering team is actively working on other ship newbuild and life extension programs around the world, from fast attack craft all the way up to aircraft carriers.

The role

As a Senior Naval Architect, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. Developing designs through concept and early-stage design as well as supporting the bidding process. This role will provide you with the opportunity to deliver complex structural solutions within an exciting, interesting team environment.

Day-to-day, you'll be responsible for authoring, reviewing, and substantiating marine designs through calculations, simulations, commissioning, and diagnostic test support. You will contribute and lead product development throughout the design lifecycle and provide technical support to our key customers, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of engineering outputs. You will act as Technical Authority and have deep subject knowledge of an aspect of marine engineering.

  • Preparation and production of substantiation reports for marine solutions throughout the entire design lifecycle phases (Concept, Basic, Functional, Detail, Manufacturing, Installation and Decommissioning), in line with recognised standards and to the required time, cost and quality requirements.
  • Liaising with design teams and other stakeholders throughout the design lifecycle to ensure coordination and functionality of system designs, including supporting design reviews.
  • Provide solutions to manufacturing and installation issues by assisting in the resolution of technical and production queries.

This role is full time 37 hours per week and provides hybrid working arrangements with 2 days in the office/onsite and 3 days working from home.

Essential experience of the Senior Naval Architect

  • Proven structural design experience from a highly regulated industry.
  • Experience with appropriate analytical software such as stability software (Paramarine, NAPA, FORAN, Maxsurf), FEA, CFD and/or CAD.
  • Experience of contributing to design reviews.

Qualifications for the Senior Naval Architect

  • HND/HNC Level qualification within an engineering discipline (degree level is advantageous).
  • Ideally you will be a member of a relevant institution (e.g., RINA, IET, IMechE, IMarEst etc.) and hold Chartered or Incorporated status, or have a clear route to obtain.

The successful candidate must be able to achieve and maintain Security Check (SC).

Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (

What we offer

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement.
  • 'Be Kind Day' enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity.
  • Opportunity to work on some of the most exciting engineering projects this country has to offer.

Babcock International

For over a century Babcock has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal.

We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header 'Reasonable adjustments requirement'. We're committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone's free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.