Lead Safety Assurance Engineer

Ref No. OTHCS127330
Location Barrow-In-Furness, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Closed
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At the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), we are looking for a Lead Product Assurance Engineer to work in our Dreadnought Support and Supply Team (DSST).

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)


Detailed knowledge and understanding the Trident Strategic Nuclear Weapons systems

The Job

As our Lead Product Assurance Engineer, you will provide engineering assurance of equipment being procured by DSST from the US and supplied into the Dreadnought Build Programme.

In order to successfully carry out this role you will utilise your deep understanding of Trident Strategic Nuclear Weapons, in order to assess technical information supplied by the US, to ensure it is acceptable for use in the UK. This will also include the management of a specialist contractor employed to demonstrate the UK legal compliance of this US supplied equipment.

In addition to this core role, you will also provide support to engineers working in the DSST Transition into Service team, notably engineers managing infrastructure, training and sea trials.

This post can be located at any of the Dreadnought Alliance programme team sites - Barrow-in-Furness, Bristol, or Helensburgh - initially working from home, whilst current Covid restrictions apply.

Please note that due to the nature of the work involved, these roles require applicants to be sole UK nationals only.


You will be the subject matter expert, utilising your knowledge of both US and UK engineering standards, in order to provide engineering assurance for equipment, and to generate solutions and justifications for any compliance issues or technical problems that may arise.

You will be responsible for collating engineering assurance documentation for use by the Dreadnought Alliance partners, as well as supporting the Equipment Authority Team, providing authoritative technical advice to senior staff and helping shape technical policy.

Your excellent stakeholder management skills will support you in building and maintaining strong working relationships at all levels, including internationally.

You will provide broader engineering support to the wider DSST, such as developing training systems and regimes, developing the sea trials programme, and providing technical support to engineers looking at the key facilities and processes needed to support nuclear submarines and the Trident nuclear weapons systems in service.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
* Detailed knowledge and understanding the Trident Strategic Nuclear Weapons systems
* Experience and knowledge of submarine design and build

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
* Knowledge and experience of working with US naval engineering standards
* Experience of the Dreadnought design and build programme
* Knowledge of submarine maintenance and support
* Knowledge of submarine training systems and regimes
* Knowledge of submarine sea trials, notable those associated with the Trident strategic weapon system

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
* Technical decision making - expert
* Technical risk management - expert
* Leadership
* 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.

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Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee's 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 DE&S - and it's 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 DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.


To view the 'Little Book of Big Benefits', please click here

If relocating to Barrow, this role offers successful applicants the following:
External Applicants: First Appointment Expenses up to a limit of £8,000
Internal Applicants: Internal Applicants will be eligible for full relocation expenses

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

You can not apply for this job as its status is Closed.
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