Senior Naval Architect

  • Full Time
  • Portsmouth
  • This position has been filled.

Website SubSea Craft Ltd

Advanced Maritime Technology

Senior Naval Architect

Salary: £50,000-£60,000 DOE

Full Time



Who we are: Subsea Craft is a fast growing, privately funded, UK-based SME delivering Advanced Maritime Technology. We leverage our team’s defence experience and technology expertise with cross-industry partnerships in the field of advanced maritime engineering. Our market ready platform, VICTA, is an optionally crewed / payload carrying dual-domain platform designed to operate at speed over range, capable of rapid transition beneath the surface to operate submerged, enabling the discreet delivery of effects within contested waters. It is a unique, innovative British platform focused primarily on the defence market but with utility beyond.

What we offer:

  • Private Healthcare
  • Life Insurance (4 x salary)
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Unlimited Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Flexible Working
  • A culture of diversity and innovative thinking


Responsibilities will include:

  • Working within a highly skilled team, develop solutions to meet emerging customer requirements to satisfy urgent operational needs.
  • Develop various payload systems for deploying assets covering ISTAR, Effector Integration and Surveillance into Subsea Craft’s VICTA platform. Including the broad range of engineering analysis such as weight, stability, performance, integration etc.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including mechanical, electrical, and control systems engineers to ensure integration and compatibility of the various vessel’s systems.
  • Develop concept designs which may include small USV’s, ASV’s and UUV’s including powering, stability, structural assessment, system specification and integration.
  • Working with the build and R&D teams, progress concept designs to a working prototype within short timescales
  • Offer technical input to the continued VICTA development where required, with particular focus on modifications required to support specific payload integration
  • Hull form design and optimisation. This will include working towards automating the process of optimising various hull forms for hydrodynamic performance
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation, including design specifications, engineering drawings, technical reports and supporting design review submissions. Ensure accurate and up-to-date records throughout the design and development process for defined areas of responsibility.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, preferably in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering with a minimum of 5 years experience in the marine environment.
  • Proven track record working within a multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality output to meet design deadlines.
  • Deep technical understanding of how to approach problem solving and the application of sound engineering judgement to realise solutions
  • Expertise of all stages of the design cycle for complex marine systems, from initial concepts through to more detailed integration packages.
  • Experience with equipment definition, selection and integration onto small craft including propulsion arrangements, control hardware and sensor suites.
  • Highly self motivated and driven to problem solve and deliver high quality output
  • Experience of modelling within 2D and 3D CAD software such as Rhino or Inventor is desirable but not essential depending on the engineering background.
  • Experience working with USV’s, ASV’s and UUV’s is desirable
  • The role will include rapid prototyping and build/test of designs for proof of concept and as such a hands on practical mindset would be beneficial.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams to present design proposals.
  • Experience in construction, design consultancy and/or trials of military small boats advantageous but experience in this will be achievable within the role.


Working Conditions:

The role will primarily be based in the SubSea Craft office in Portsmouth, UK, with occasional travel to the Portland facility in Dorset during trials. The position may involve work in a

manufacturing environment and at sea during trials, which may present physical challenges and

require adherence to safety protocols. Note that due to the nature of work undertaken at

SubSea Craft, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of

the position, which would include as a minimum the Baseline Personnel Security Standard

(BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.


Values: Our people are our greatest asset, we continually strive to provide an excellent working environment to enable our team to do their best work. We have an agile professional workforce: we are founded on the belief that our people are valued and our business is trusted, inclusive and commercially-adept.


What we expect from you:

  • Teamwork, mutual respect and collaboration
  • Initiative and independent working
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Agility, adaptability and continuous development

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. Please bear in mind that if you are selected for an interview we will aim to contact you within 14 days of your application or the closing date (if stated). However, if we think that your skills and qualifications may be suitable for other similar positions we may hold your details on our database and contact you in the future. Please let us know if you do not wish us to keep your details on file

Our mission is to secure the competitive advantage through the accelerated research, development, and delivery of maritime technology.