Submarine Systems/Facilities Assurance Engineer

  • Department: Naval Nuclear Assurance
  • Location: Plymouth

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Job Title: Submarine Systems/Facilities Assurance Engineer

Location: Plymouth - Please note we are moving into a new office in Royal William Yard (RWY) in June 2024.

Salary: £50K - £65K

Working Pattern: Full time (37.5 hrs per week) – Hybrid Working

Closing Date: 21st June 2024

Frazer-Nash Consultancy is an engineering technology consultancy that specialises in delivering innovative solutions to make lives secure, sustainable, and affordable. Our people are an integral part of this vision.

We have a strong presence in the defence maritime sector, serving a wide range of clients in support of current and future Naval Reactor Plants (NRP), Nuclear Facilities, Submarine Equipment and Submarine Systems. We pride ourselves on the high-quality support we deliver to the Submarine Enterprise and our continued success in this arena means we are actively seeking high calibre individuals to enhance our growing team. Based out of our Plymouth office, we are looking for individuals with a background in any of the following; submarine systems engineering, submarine facility engineering, safety management or safety case development in the nuclear industry.


Role Responsibilities

Day to day, you’ll provide professional systems, safety and environmental engineering support to current and future submarine focused projects. Below are a few examples of the type of projects we have been working on recently and the sort of work you’ll support:

  • Provide technical guidance and design support to the AUKUS programme.
  • Supporting all aspects of submarine facility improvement projects.
  • Identification of new and emergent technologies, with a 50-year look ahead, to proactively prevent the unwanted accumulation of biofouling organisms in future classes of submarines, whilst minimising the impact of any treatment on the environment.
  • A high-level assessment of the impact of an unconventional option to reduce submarine Radiated Acoustic Noise on personnel, systems and equipment, to establish the limitations, shortfalls and the potential benefits that could be achieved.
  • A holistic review of contemporary, novel, and pioneering technologies that could satisfy current and future submarine energy generation and storage needs, to influence and inform future propulsion plant design and architecture.
  • Providing Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel knowledge into Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) 1, 2 and 3 related projects.
  • Conducting and supporting studies to inform Submarine Plant Lifetime and Commission extensions.
  • Supporting Independent Peer Reviews and Technical Assessments of design and safety documentation for submarine facilities and platforms.
  • Produce nuclear safety substantiation and safety justification documents in support of a modern standards nuclear Safety Case.
  • Preparing Whole Ship Safety Case documentation and engineering advice for Astute and Vanguard Class submarines.

Additionally, there are potential opportunities to support the Civil Nuclear Sector, as the Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) development programme gains momentum.



  • Enthusiastic, a team player with a ‘can do’ approach to difficult challenges.
  • Experience with authoring professional technical reports.


  • Working knowledge of the submarine ship systems, Nuclear Steam Raising Plant and/or propulsion systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to influence effectively.
  • Working knowledge of the submarine facility and associated facility systems and their associated safety cases.
  • Understanding of safety analysis techniques, including HAZID, hazard management, functional hazard assessment, Cat and Class, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) assessment, software safety assessment, ALARP assessment.
  • Familiarity with the application of safety regulation, policy and standards, with experience relevant to UK MOD approaches to submarine safety such as: Defence Safety Authority (DSA) Regulations, Defence Nuclear Safety Regulations, Naval Authority Certification, SDA Safety Policy and Management systems.
  • Knowledgeable in statutory safety legislation and how to attain and manage legislation compliance.
  • Experience of working with or within the SDA (ISM, Nuclear Propulsion Project Teams (NPPT), Equipment PT etc).
  • Incorporated Engineer working towards Chartership or Chartered Engineer status.

*Due to the nature of the work that Frazer-Nash Consultancy undertake, candidates for this role will be required to undergo pre-employment screening and must be able to satisfy SC clearance criteria for UK National Security Vetting.


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