Name: Defence Equipment and Support
Location: Barrow-in-Furness / Bristol
Status: Full Time
The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UKs nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance, nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UKs continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.
The Dreadnought Alliance has the aim of delivering four nuclear deterrent submarines to replace the Royal Navy's current Vanguard Class boats. HMS Dreadnought will undertake its first patrol in the early 2030s, with the other three submarines delivered in subsequent short order. The Dreadnought Class design is nearing completion and construction has been underway for several years, but there are still some areas of the design that require significant MOD input as an intelligent customer. In the coming years, the submarines will undergo a rigorous Test & Commissioning programme before handover to the Royal Navy, and all design issues must be successfully addressed during that period.
The Dreadnought Alliance Engineering Team is looking for a Technical Lead for the Platform Management System (PMS), who will join a section reviewing, approving and improving the design and implementation of the system. This is a challenging and rewarding role, with exceptional opportunities to develop your engineering knowledge and skills, and to have a substantial impact on an extremely exciting and high profile programme.
As part of this vital role, you will have unique access to the design, construction, testing and commissioning of the PMS and related control systems in a nuclear-powered submarine. You will have a talent for communicating, influencing and making effective decisions, and will be involved in approving aspects of the PMS design and operation, dealing with the shipbuilder on a regular basis.
Please note that due the security requirements of the role, this position is restricted to Sole UK nationals only.
The team is based at the BAES shipyard, Barrow, and the role will have a requirement for occasional travel to other sites around the UK. Candidates may base themselves in Barrow or Bristol, but will be required at BAES, Barrow, approximately 3 days/week.
Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:
Developing technical, functional and system requirements, including definition, integration, and change management
Managing system and constituent equipment design, working with other parties to meet essential design milestones such as design preparation for qualification testing
Managing the technical risk and mitigations associated with the PMS design
Managing the console design, including dependencies and interfaces with other systems and operators
Identifying system and technical risk whilst providing guidance on C&I issues
Supporting development of control system software, firmware and planning of development lifecycle
Supporting the development of the PMS safety case, including support safety analysis and regulatory approval
Supporting the development of a supportable system design, including through life support
Supporting the qualification of the hardware and certification/acceptance of the software
Supporting the development of the safety justification by involvement in safety activities such as hazard analysis and failure modes analysis
Contributing to development of Engineering Management Plans, including the development of processes
Interacting with both contractors and original equipment manufacturers, and liaising with internal and external customers
Attending demonstrations and trials of control system equipment and interfacing systems, supporting the design team and equipment manufacturer, shore side, on boat and during sea trials
What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
A background in Electronic, Electrical or Programmable Electronic Software and/or Electrical Hardware development
The ability to develop an understanding of maritime control system requirements that drive complexity into the design, including the volume of technical, and influence of non-functional, requirements
Holds a Level 4 (or higher) qualification in a relevant engineering discipline, or equivalent suitable experience
Knowledge and experience of industrial control and monitoring systems
It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
Maritime engineering experience
Experience with PMS, Industrial Automation Systems, Control Systems, SCADA, DCS, Embedded Systems or Programmable Hardware in a Maritime, Nuclear, Process, Chemical, or other high hazard application
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
Technical Risk Management
Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
Changing and improving
Communicating and influencing
What's in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% 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 what we offer by clicking here or by using 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.
Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employees ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
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 SDA and its 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 SDA and our industry partners and professional bodies.
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Defence Equipment and Support
SDA Offices / MOD Abbey Wood
Barrow-in-Furness / Bristol
LA14 1AF / BS34 8JH
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