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 UK's nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK's continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 2000 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.
We are looking for a Technical Lead to join The Dreadnought Alliance Engineering Team to assist with reviewing, approving and improving the design and implementation of the Platform Management System (PMS).
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.
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
- Running 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
- Developing the PMS safety case, including support safety analysis and regulatory approval
- Involvement in developing a supportable system design, including through life support
- Assisting with the qualification of the hardware and certification/acceptance of the software
- Supporting the creation 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
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.
This post offers a salary of up to £48,000p/a, with flexibility to offer above this for exceptional candidates.
What you will be assessed against
To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
- Significant experience in Programmable Electronic Software and Electrical Hardware development.
- Knowledge and experience of industrial control and monitoring system.
- A demonstrable understanding of control system requirements considering the complexity that drives the design with respect to the volume of technical and influence of non-functional requirements, and that can be related to the maritime environment, and the systems important role in supporting the nuclear plant and whole boat safety case
- Holds a Level 4 (or higher) qualification in Electronic and/or Electrical Engineering.
It will also benefit your application if you are 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
In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
- Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance
- Technical Risk Management
- Communicating and influencing
- Changing and improving
Permanent, Full Time
- Industry Sector Other