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Navy-Structural Engineer (Suitable for Graduate or as Development Opportunity)

Ministry of Defence - Royal Navy
Faslane, Helensburgh G84 0EH
Closing date
Nov 29, 2022

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Structural Engineering
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Engineer, Junior Engineer, Staff Engineer
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HMNB Clyde

About the job

Job summary
His Majestys Naval Base Clyde (HMNB Clyde) is home to the United Kingdoms Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, Astute Class Attack Submarines, Sandown Class Mine Hunter Vessels and 43 Cdo Royal Marines. It is an operational support and maintenance base, within the Navy Command TLB and comprises both Faslane and Coulport sites. HMNB Clydes primary purpose is to provide engineering and logistical support to the Royal Navy in maintaining Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD). This is achieved by ensuring at least one Vanguard Class submarine is on patrol at sea every day of the year.

Job description

We are looking to recruit a Structural Engineer to support the technical capability of HMNB Clyde Approving Authority (Design). Applications are invited from Structural Engineers who have recently qualified with a relevant recognised qualification or are looking to develop their skills in the nuclear sector. Previous Experience within the Defence or Nuclear sectors is desirable but not deemed essential.

The Clyde Design Authority undertakes a vital role in ensuring that key defence nuclear infrastructure that interfaces with nuclear powered warships and nuclear weapon systems is safe and fit for purpose.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week and currently attracts a recruitment and retention allowance (RRA) of 12,000 per annum after a qualifying period where the successful candidate must demonstrate that they have the required experience and knowledge to carry out the role to the required standard. The stated salary of 45,000includesthe 12,000 RRA

Person specification

The role involves working as a Structural Engineer within a multi-disciplinary engineering team within the Approving Authority. The primary purpose of the role is to directly support current operations and future programmes.

The team consists of Mechanical, Civil, Building Services and Electrical Engineers and are responsible for the authorship, development, assessment, and maintenance of engineering design substantiation for Clyde Nuclear Facilities.
  • Authoring, development, assessment, maintenance and management of the suite of Clyde Nuclear Infrastructure Design Substantiation documents.
  • Authoring, development, assessment, maintenance and management of design changes/concessions.
  • Presentation of Clyde Design substantiations, to Clyde Due Process nuclear safety committees.
  • Production and development of Examination, Inspection, Maintenance & Testing (EIMT) Schedule, operating procedures and results to satisfy design requirements and safety case requirements through life.
  • Producing Periodic Review of Safety reports.
  • Providing advice and direction to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Production of Independent Technical Review (ITA)/Independent Peer Review (IPR).
  • Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology.
  • Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle engineering processes, systems, services and products in a nuclear/high risk environment.
  • Producing robust technical justification to allow for Structural/Civil Engineering design modifications to be authorised within a high hazard industry.

To be considered for this role you will have:
  • A good understanding of British and international design standards.
  • A track record of making intelligent evidence based decisions using various sources of data.
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
  • The ability to effectively manage and prioritise your own workload.

Accredited BEng in Structural/Civil engineering or equivalent experience.
Accredited MEng in Structural/Civil engineering or equivalent experience


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Nuclear Competence 4.4. Nuclear Infrastructure Concept, Assessment, Design, Modifications and Life Extensions (desirable, but not essential as training will be given)
  • Nuclear Competence 6.1. Naval Reactor Plant and Supporting Infrastructure Maintenance (desirable, but not essential as training will be given)


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • ACivil Service pensionwith an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
  • Access to a confidential, professional support services
  • Discount schemes
  • Bicycle / season ticket loans
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Special paid leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year
  • Payment of membership fees for 2 Professional Institutes

The post does not offer relocation expenses. The post does not offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer)

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six month probation period.

Please note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use ofall tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment by 31st December 2022. The policy is WholeForce and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

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Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

This vacancy is usingSuccess Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability, Experience and Technical skills. We'll assess your application based on the submitted CV and personnel statement against the Civil Service Success Profiles Framework which assess candidates against a range of elements including behaviours. We are keen to hear from experienced engineers with and without experience of working within the nuclear industry.

Candidates will be required to complete an online CV template to include job history, full details of education and qualifications and previous experiences and skills.

Candidates will be required to complete a Statement of Suitability of no more than 500 words. Please provide experience relevant to the role.

There will be a sift to identify best suited candidates. Those applications that go through the sift stage will be invited to an interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came in to effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical. The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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

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

Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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