Small Craft Design Engineer

Job Description

Small Craft Design Engineer

Would you like to play a key role in providing design and drafting capabilities cross a broad spectrum of projects within the Small Boats Design team? We currently have a vacancy for a Small Craft Design Engineer at our site in Portsmouth.

You will join the Small Boats sector, which is responsible for the design, build and support of small boats to the military market. It is a small close knit team benefiting from the stability and support of the wider Maritime Services business. With a new 7 year support contract for the MOD and a rapidly growing portfolio of new products and designs, the sector has a growing workload which requires us to expand our engineering capabilities.

As a Small Craft Design Engineer, you will be working as part of a dedicated multi-functional team, participating in a wide range of design activities supporting both new and in-service craft, from concept through to delivery. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic engineer keen on covering the full range of design from concept through to delivery.

Your main responsibilities as a Small Craft Design Engineer will involve:

Create detailed 3D models and 2D drawings, for a wide range of products from small components to whole vessel systems. Produce drawings in accordance with BS8888 Engineering Drawing standards.

Carry out small craft systems and marine engineer design tasks.

Provide sound estimates for engineering work carried out and liaise with sub-contract manufacturers and suppliers regarding design solutions.

Implement design changes and provide post-delivery support and resolve obsolescence issues.

Carry out engineering calculations under the guidance of senior members of the team as required for the project.

Ensuring that work is undertaken in accordance with Company, Safety, Environmental, contractual and local business processes, standards, procedures and documentation

Drafting, vetting and editing 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

Participation in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and tenders as directed by the bid manager in order to provide costed proposals for future work

Your skills and qualifications:


Degree qualified in the (BEng) in Marine Engineering, Small Craft Design, Marine Technology, Marine Engineering or Mechanical or equivalent experience in the field (new graduates with relevant qualifications will be considered)

Demonstrable knowledge and, ideally, experience in at least three of the following:

3D modelling, ideally using Siemens NX, and 2D drafting for production and manufacturing.

Component and systems design

Composites design and/or production experience


Knowledge of commercial and/or military small craft.

Knowledge of Small Craft design standards and processes (IMO, MCA, ISO, DefStan, Classification Rules)

Knowledge of Small Craft systems design including electrical, fuel bilge etc.

Experience of design from concept through to delivery.

Awareness of Product Safety and SHE and the participation in HAZIDs

Marine engineering experience/knowledge

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, allowing you to manage stakeholders in different functions and on all levels whilst representing BAE systems in both the supply chain and customer community.

Location: Portsmouth

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.

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.

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 like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.