Head of Design – Nuclear Infrastructure

Plymouth, Devon
Competitive Salary
21 Dec 2018
28 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Help us to create the naval base and dockyard of the future, ready to support the Royal Navy’s future surface and submarine fleets. We are looking for senior engineers who are able to lead on complex, high-value projects. In return, you will receive a competitive salary, good benefits package and the unbeatable quality of life that comes with living in one of the most beautiful corners of the UK.

Western Europe’s largest naval base

For more than three hundred years, engineers have been shaping the dockyard to ensure it supports the fleet and protects the nation. We need you to help continue this tradition, transforming, sustaining and improving Devonport to meet the demands of the Royal Navy for the next hundred years.

Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme, including Astute and Dreadnought class.

Your role in Babcock

Part of the Head of Engineering’s core team, you will be a key player in the Strategic Infrastructure Design Authority. The Head of Design will provide technical oversight and lead the facility design team.

Key duties

  • Provide the design capability for all major projects.
  • Establish and manage the Strategic Infrastructure Design Teams, including development of capabilities, policies and working arrangements.
  • Manage the Design Teams’ interface with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and other key stakeholders

Skills and qualifications

  • Senior Leadership in Design
  • Chartered Engineer/ CEng Fellow
  • Experienced in the design and substantiation of complex infrastructure projects
  • Able to provide senior-level engineering leadership
  • Design of nuclear steam raising plant and substantiation of nuclear safety case Class 1 engineering
  • Working within strict regulatory environments (safety, quality and security)

What you will get from Babcock

A job that matters - the opportunity to play a role in our nation’s security
Challenge – complex projects in a unique environment
Excitement – not the view from your average office window
Great work/life balance – long-term prospects in a beautiful part of the country
A chance to leave a mark – help us to write the next chapter in our 300-year history


At Babcock we’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You will receive a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career development opportunities that will help you grow and achieve your full potential at Babcock.

Babcock is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and offers a range of family friendly policies which support work / life balance.  For certain roles, support with relocation may be available.


You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.

For more information, please visit www.babcockatdevonport.com