Principal Marine Systems Engineer

Job Description

Job Title: Principal Marine Systems Engineer

Location: Bristol or Portsmouth, UK - Hybrid- working from home options available

Compensation: Competitive salary + benefits

Role Type: Full time / Permanent

Role ID: SF48797


The difference is you

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 Principal Marine Systems Engineer at our Bristol Business Park or Portsmouth sites.

As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers' defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility.

Mission Systems

The Principal Marine Systems Engineer role is based within our Mission Systems business area.


Babcock is a trusted provider of integrated solutions for global defence and security. We have a wide portfolio of best-in-class intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, communications, and weapons launch and handling solutions across all domains, integrating the best of industry to meet our customers' needs.

The role

The difference our new Principal Marine Systems Engineer will make


As a Principal Marine Systems Engineer, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. You will be working closely with the Defence Equipment and Support organisation in the Ministry of Defence, and the Royal Navy to provide the Systems Technical Authority for the Marine Engineering systems on both the Royal Navy's T45 Destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, which are essential in supporting both front line operations and the through life sustainment of the systems.

Day-to-day, you will be responsible for ensuring a through life perspective is taken in the management of the Systems and Equipment, overcoming engineering challenges and applying focus to maintain and improve system safety and performance. Reporting to the Chief Engineer - Platform Systems, you will provide authoritative advice and recommendations for a range of Platform Systems the scope of which includes HP and LP air and saltwater systems, fire detection and protection systems, navigation and general lighting systems.

You will provide proactive technical support to our customer, working collaboratively with other stakeholders across the MoD, Royal Navy and industry. You will provide authoritative recommendations for design intent maintenance and update, including but not limited to safety case, hazard, design baseline, obsolescence, maintenance and technical documentation management, performance improvement, training and design change.

Through consideration of specifications, standards, legislation and knowledge, you will apply appropriate governance to Technical Authority (TA) outputs. Ensure engineering and safety risks are communicated and managed appropriately. Provide direction and guidance within the TA and Technical Services (TS) team supporting Platform Systems TA outputs. Lastly, liaise with the Programme Manager and TS team to develop plans for the through life maintenance and update of Systems & Equipment design intent.

At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you'll continually develop your knowledge and expertise.

We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role is home based with the requirement to attend the office/site on an adhoc basis as and when business needs arise.

Essential experience

You will be a Chartered Engineer, with proven experience in activity associated with integrated systems.

As part of the Systems Technical Authority, you will contribute to setting and upholding engineering standards and maintaining a focus on the Safe to Operate status of marine systems. As an effective problem solver, you can balance theory and reality to find pragmatic solutions and trade the competing demands of urgent reactive support with the progression of through life improvements.

You will have knowledge of marine systems; it is desirable that your knowledge relates specifically to platform systems outlined above. Your system engineering experience will have been gained via either a design and development, or in-service use/ support environment. You will have experience working across mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and control system domains.

You must be able to achieve Security Clearance.

What we offer

Generous benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Big Benefit Platform allows you to make your money go further, with discounts from over 850 retailers.
  • Employee Share Plan
  • Professional memberships, personal development training an opportunities
  • STEM ambassador training and volunteering opportunities
  • Working from home and flexible work patterns
  • Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing
  • Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
  • Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best

Babcock International

For over 130 years, we have 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. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. 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.

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