Maritime Structures, Naval Architecture and Propulsion Engineering Opportunities

Date: 21 May 2024

Location: Gosport, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Maritime Naval Architecture, Maritime Structural & Propulsion Engineering Opportunities


QinetiQ is the home of amazing people and facilities. As a company we have grown consistently over the past 5 years and to support this growth we are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our Naval Architecture, Structural and Propulsion Engineering Teams for QinetiQ’s UK Defence Maritime division.


In particular, we are looking for people with experience in:


  • Submarine manoeuvring and control
  • Submarine structures
  • Propeller, propulsion design and assessment
  • Submarine escape and evacuation


Positions are based at our Bristol, Rosyth and Haslar Sites,


If you’re interested in joining us, now or in the future, we’d love to hear from you! If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.


We are currently recruiting Naval Architects, Structural Engineers, Propulsion Engineers & Electrical Engineers


What do our Maritime Teams do?


We deliver bespoke solutions that deliver novel, unique and exceptional outcomes in all areas of ship & submarine design, hydrodynamic testing and technical consultancy. With access to a large and diverse team of specialists as well as over £100million of advanced test facilities and equipment, our defence and commercial maritime customers know that we will deliver operational, technical and competitive advantage.

Once a baseline performance has been established, our designers will use physical and computational model testing to help optimise the design to meet key performance requirements.

Combining experimental, computational and software tools (including Paramarine - our internationally acclaimed Naval Architecture Toolset), we ensure speed and accuracy of evaluation and even greater technical understanding of vessel performance.

You could be working on a variety of projects such as the Maritime Strategic Capability Agreement (MSCA), a renewed £259 million contract with the Submarine Delivery Agency. The MSCA delivers critical sovereign capabilities that contribute to the assurance of the UK’s ability to design, build and safely operate the Royal Navy’s surface and subsurface fleet, including the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent.


New to Maritime Engineering?


In your first role, have some experience or feel you have transferable skills from another professional role? Your talents may be a good match for our team.


We recruit professionals at all levels and have an on-boarding process that will provide you with the essential knowledge you need. We invest in our community and will support you to complete professional qualifications that align with your current and future career aspirations.


Opportunities for mid-career professionals


If you’re a mid-career professional, you’ll be applying your expertise right from day one. Whatever your specialism or background, you can expect ongoing development to help you excel and advance. This includes expert training and mentoring, with increased emphasis on self-development and on-the-job training.   


Opportunities for highly experienced professionals


The more capable and experienced you are the more you will be able to influence and shape the environment and support development of your colleagues. The sheer breadth and depth of expertise across QinetiQ means that whatever your own ability and experience there will be something new to learn.

The QinetiQ Fellow scheme recognises accomplished technical, scientific and engineering leaders, individuals who achieve national level recognition in their field or international recognition for Senior Fellows.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave.
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.

Why Join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.


You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.


About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.



Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.