Marine Safety Engineer

Salary £39,950 - £40,950/annum
Location Bristol, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Not Specified


If so, we, at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), are actively looking for Safety Engineers who are eager to make a difference, as intelligent decision makers, integral to supporting our Armed Forces.

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)


Are you passionate about the defence of the United Kingdom, with a good moral compass and a drive to protect people?

The Job

As one of our Marine Safety Engineers, you will join a highly skilled and motivated team whose work covers the whole portfolio of Royal Navy warships. As part of the team, you will provide safety support to specific project teams throughout the equipment and platform acquisition lifecycle, which may span requirement setting in the concept phase and design, through to in-service support of our current platforms and their eventual disposal. Due to increasing levels of investment in new build ships, some of these roles offer the unique opportunity to work on projects at such early stages of new procurement, which is not available elsewhere in the UK's defence industry today.

By joining our team, you can expect to be assigned to a specific platform Class (e.g., our Type 26 Global Combat Ship or Fleet Solid Support ship procurements), or to a portfolio of equipment or systems (e.g., our Communications and Situational Awareness team).

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.


As a Marine Safety Engineer with us, you will work to establish, implement, and maintain appropriate safety systems through the application of DE&S policy. Your responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to, the following:

* Interpreting and applying safety policy for the design and support of platforms and equipment
* Developing and managing safety cases for platforms, systems or equipment
* Generating safety case reports and undertaking risk assessments
* Identifying opportunities for safety improvements and delivering against these
* Setting up, running and maintaining safety systems at project level, as well as overseeing and mitigating risks
* Implementing safety management systems and monitoring their effectiveness through governance and assurance
* Managing a team to deliver safety outputs
* Providing advice and support to colleagues, ensuring that appropriate safety requirements are correctly applied and delivered in contracts, as well as managing contractors who perform safety management activities on behalf of DE&S
* You may be required to act as a specialist member or secretariat of Safety Panels and Committees

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

* You will hold a Level 4 (e.g., HNC or higher) qualification in a relevant engineering or science discipline, or will demonstrate equivalent working experience
* You will demonstrate knowledge and experience in the implementation of a Safety Management System (noting that this is a systems safety role and not OSHE)
* You will have experience applying safety tools and techniques in a heavily regulated industry (e.g., automotive, aerospace, petrochemical, nuclear, rail, defence, maritime or similar)

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

* Experience in safety management activities, such as Hazard Log Management; Hazard Identification and Analysis; Risk Assessment and ALARP justifications; and Safety Audit
* Working knowledge of maritime safety policy and regulation

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
* Adoption of safety risk management
* Complies with System Safety Requirements
* Communicating and influencing
* Changing and improving

What's in it for you?

Please note, our salary bands are under review and may increase. If the outcome of the review results in an increase in the minimum salary and your salary offer falls below the new minimum, your salary will be increased to the new amount from your contracted start date. If the new minimum is less than the salary you are offered, the original salary offer will be retained.

We're exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the EUSS
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals


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