Senior Marine Systems Engineer

Bristol, UK
12 Oct 2017
30 Nov 2017
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type
Marine Systems Senior Engineer (Technical Authority)


"The MSSP Systems Technical Authority (STA) is responsible for ensuring the safety and performance of the T45 and QE Class Marine Systems to deliver the required capability and availability while remaining safe to operate, as delegated by the Systems Approving Authority.
This is achieved through:
  • The proactive management of Systems and Equipment design intent and the underpinning hazard, maintenance, documentation, configuration and Systems Design Baseline management
  • The timely provision of authoritative advice and recommendations to key stakeholders to safely manage deviation from the expected performance, material state or operational use
  • Providing proactive and supportive TA services to the MSSP Customer, working collaboratively with other stakeholders"
The STA has four Chief Engineers, each with responsibility for defined Systems & Equipment: Lot 1 - Power & Propulsion Systems, Lot 2 - Environmental, Domestics & Habitability Systems, Lot 3 - Platform Systems and Lot 4 - Mechanical & Constructive Systems
Each Lot Chief Engineer leads their Systems engineering team, including engineering leads for the Key Support Partners, in supporting their in-scope Systems and Equipment and establishing relationships with the key stakeholders
Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the Senior Engineer is responsible for managing the resolution of performance, material state & operational issues for allocated Systems & Equipment, focussing on emergent issues whilst maintaining a overview of performance and highlighting where longer term solutions are required.


To the relevant Chief Engineer, for delivery of technical services, application of engineering governance and the management of records
To the Systems & Equipment Approving Authorities (SAA and EAA) and Warship Technical Authority (WTA) for external engineering governance.

Principal Tasks & Responsibilities

Provide proactive and supportive TA services to the MSSP Customer within delegated authority, working collaboratively with other stakeholders.
In conjunction with the Technical Services ILS team, review and analyse systems performance information, including but not limited to defect and OPDEF data, S2022s, OSP data, maintenance management data and OEM maintenance, safety and other bulletins, to maintain a comprehensive record of system capability, availability and safety against the design baseline and identify potential risks and issues.
Provide proactive advice & recommendations to manage or improve Systems & Equipment safety, performance, maintenance, defects, obsolescence & configuration within delegated authority.
Develop proposals for remedial action and changes to design, operation, training etc, to maintain and improve safe, capable and available Platform Systems.
Where allocated responsibility, sponsor the TA requirements for design intent maintainance and update, including but not limited to safety case, hazard, design baseline, obsolescence, maintenance and technical documentation management, performance improvement and design change.
Support (Lead when allocated responsibility), the development of plans for the through life maintainance and update of Systems & Equipment design intent.
Provide TA input to the processes for remedial / change activity to design, operation, training etc, to maintain and improve capable, available and safe to operate platform systems, liaising with SAAs, EAAs and Equipment Technical Authorities (ETAs) and providing guidance to the Technical Services team as required.
Support the concession investigation, management and decision making processes, developing concession proposals for approval and issuing advice where within delegated authority.
Support the provision of timely and accurate response to technical queries to the customer, developing proposed responses for approval and issuing responses where within delegated authority
Manage the S2022 and technical queries processes, ensuring owners are identified and appropriate response timelines are agreed and adhered to.
Apply and adhere to the appropriate engineering, environmental & safety standards, policies and processes, supporting the development of STA policies and processes.
To provide support to the Chief and Principal Engineers as directed.
Act as a mentor for junior engineering staff and engage with line management for personal development of the engineering cadre.
Work collaboratively with all stakeholders.
Promote an effective, collaborative STA, integrating Key Support Partners and fostering a team approach.
Exercise a duty of care for health and safety to all.


To the Systems & Equipment Approving Authorities (SAAs and EAAs), Warship Technical Authorities (WTAs) and Equipment Technical Authorities (ETAs) for delivering principal tasks and responsibilities.
Engagement across the Team Assure organisation and Key Support Partners to assist in maintaining Systems and Equipment design and performance analysis baselines.
Engagement across the Team Assure organisation and Key Support Partners to enable delivery of MSSP outputs.
The Technical Services Technical Support Manager (Bristol) for the employment of Technical Services engineers in support of STA activity.
The STA Waterfront Technical Services team in maintaining day to day situation awareness.

Qualifications and Experience
A minimum of an HND in an engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
Ideally a Chartered Engineer or working towards that status. Support will be available to assist achieving the requirements for Chartership.
Experience of engineering design or support for complex engineering systems or equipment, ideally Naval.
A proven ability to work in a collaborative manner across a multi-disciplinary team and stakeholders

Further Information

Babcock offers the supportive environment you would expect from a FTSE 100 employer including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, 25 days holiday entitlement plus 8 public holidays, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (for the majority of roles), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams.

Bristol is a vibrant city in south west England with a wide range of attractions, landmarks, events and shopping. It has excellent transport links and is only 1.5 hours from London by train. We envisage that the role shall be based at our fantastic new office in Frenchay.

Security Information

Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.
The role will be in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. This may require you to meet enhanced security and regular screening checks.

Company Information

This role is within the Marine & Technology Division. The Division employs over 10,000 highly skilled people and is 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.

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