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Principal Naval Architect

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Rosyth, Fife
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 07/08/2018
  • Job reference: J391404A

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Principal Naval Architect


6-month initial contract

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Role Summary

This individual will hold Chartered Engineer professional status and be a member of a recognised engineering institution with demonstrable successful project experience within the Oil and Gas or Marine Industries. A thorough understanding of UKCS regulatory requirements and classification society rule sets will be essential.

The individual is required to be a "Subject Matter Expert" within the Naval Architecture discipline and ideally have previous experience of FPSO conversion projects. Experience in similar offshore conversion or build projects would also be beneficial.


The individual will work within a small engineering team on an upcoming FEED development project with specific responsibilities to include:

  • Leading the Naval Architectural team;
  • Undertaking a functional assessment of legacy ship configuration/information
  • Developing Naval Architectural discipline suitable for basic design/FEED Phase with a view to Project Execution;
  • Leading on the development of the following engineering documents;
    • Hull Technical Specifications;
    • Weight Control, Trim and Stability.
  • Undertaking and documenting the following Naval Architectural design assessments
    • Model Testing.
  • Supporting the development of the following by the Naval Architectural team:
    • Arrangement Drawings;
    • Plans;
    • Calculations;
    • Fire Protections Studies;
    • Safety Studies.
  • Participating and chairing internal and external (with customer) design review processes;
  • Leading on engagement with the classification society for Design Approval In Principle;
  • Ensuring adherence to company the safety, quality and engineering governance processes;
  • Providing general Naval Architectural support to the project team;
  • Ensuring that procedures, codes and standards are correctly identified and applied to engineering and technical activities;
  • Ensure task and project risks are communicated and managed appropriately;
  • Produce, review and approve calculations, analyses, drawings, models, design basis documentation and technical reports, in accordance with task and project requirements;
  • Assessing the implications of changes, concessions and queries;
  • Maintaining the engineering configuration, ensuring the overall design intent and integrity is maintained throughout design lifecycle;
  • Contribute to process improvements within the design lifecycle to deliver continuous improvements in quality, cycle time and cost;
  • Evaluate technical issues in order to develop proposals for investigations and/or solutions, including process improvements;
  • Provide support to the Project Manager for the planning, control and delivery of tasks and projects;
  • Support the identification of business opportunities and the preparation of bids, in area(s) of expertise, to facilitate the development of successful bids;
  • Provide help and direction to less experienced team members to support both their effective working, and their development;
  • Make engineering decisions within own sphere of responsibility and delegated authority:
  • Ensure required review, verification and approval of work is undertaking
  • Act as Technical Authority when authorised to do so by Chief Engineer or delegated authority;
  • When assigned fulfil role as Engineering Lead for simple multi discipline tasks and projects.


The individual shall also have the following accountabilities;

  • Exercise and exhibit, at all times, the highest standards of care for own health and safety and that of others as defined by Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and endorsed by Company policy, procedures and delegations, e.g. Health and Safety.
  • Be knowledgeable of the 'Being Babcock' Behavioural Framework and strive to exceed the expected competency levels at all times.
  • Adhere to and operate at the highest level of ethical conduct, all endorsed company policy, procedures and delegations, e.g. Diversity and Inclusion, PDR's and Finance, etc.
  • Be knowledgeable of the content of the Design Lifecycle and the procedures defined therein
  • Ensure awareness of the legal, regulatory codes and standards requirements that are required for the project or task deliverable. Ensure that technical and design solutions are compliant with these requirements.
  • Establish with the Project Manager the man-hour budget for any assigned task together with expected completion date.
  • Work within the man-hour budget, or advise the Project Manager of expected variation at the earliest opportunity.
  • Provide a technical interface with customers and supply chain at a detailed level
  • Proactively seek opportunities to achieve task completion to less than budget.
  • Report on schedule and cost plan as required by the Project Manager, to complete assigned task.
  • Take responsibility for the quality of their output and ensure all deliverables are Reviewed, Verified and Approved at the appropriate level, by SQEP resource as defined by the Engineering Assurance Plan.
  • Maintain effective communications with all other disciplines and functional groups associated with the task or project, and when required, with the customer and other Stakeholders.