Lead Naval Architect

  • Commercial
  • Plymouth

Job Information

Salary :

Please apply with salary expectations

No. of Openings :

1 opening

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Job Description

Opportunity to join a globally recognised brand at the heart of its manufacturing operations in Plymouth, Devon. The company is enjoying a boom within its sector and has a full order book – it’s a great time to be looking at career opportunities here!

Providing support to the Senior Naval Architect, the Lead Naval Architect role is responsible for dedicated focus on the regulatory and technical requirements pertinent to each model; ensuring that these are met in a safe, pragmatic and cost effective manner.

Acting as an ambassador for our client, operating with integrity and drive appropriate to the Company’s values, to promote their business as a market leader.

Resource Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring regulatory compliance of new and existing projects
  • Ensuring performance and weight targets are met
  • Ensuring any technical instruction given is accurate and clear

Responsibilities / Tasks:

Core Role:

  • Project lead for new Development projects
  • Working with external Naval Architects to ensure design estimates are accurate.
  • Contributing to the technical specifications relevant to each model
  • Supporting of the introduction of new models to the business;
    • Review of specification and weight estimate, including coordinating technical assessment and approval for manufacture.
  • Coordinating weight control with Development & Production teams on new build models and NSO team on subsequent slots.
  • Coordination with Sales and Aftersales teams (including owner’s representatives) to assist and resolve technical disputes.
  • ‘As built’ determination of hydrostatic and performance characteristics of vessels;
    • Conduct of Inclining Experiments in accordance with industry best practice in a safe manner, protecting personnel and the yacht under assessment.
  • Intact stability assessments of relevant loading conditions for each vessel dependent on requirements.
  • Working with the Engineering Team to validate performance in ‘first of line’ sea trials.
  • Assisting with the NVH team to determine ‘first of line’ assessment.
  • Authoring of specific drawings, models or other technical data which is necessary to demonstrate compliance to the relevant Rules or Regulations.
  • Collation, creation and submission of all relevant documentation required for compliance verification, including Technical Documentation packages to demonstrate compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive and/or Class and Flag state legislation.
  • Hands-on involvement in design activities with the ability to provide technical guidance at all levels in the solution of a variety of design challenges.
  • Proposal of equivalent arrangements to regulatory bodies, including challenging rule interpretations, as required to meet business requirements.
  • Engagement with relevant Classification rules, flag state legislation and associated international standards development to inform and protect business interests.

Health & Safety:

  • At all times exercise professional judgment within the role to ensure the safety of our vessels and those who use them
  • Ensuring H&S compliance with company policies
  • Keep the workplace tidy and organised ensuring targeted 6S standards are met at all times
  • Manage consumables ensuring issues are controlled and wastage avoided

As business demands dictate, this role may be refocussed to ensure satisfactory attention to department deliverables as determined by the Head of Naval Architecture.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other duties appropriate to your role.


Productivity, Quality and Delivery targets as determined by Senior Management including:

  • Development Schedule (DevSumm) adherence
  • Right First Time achievements
    • Quality and clarity of information provided to the business
    • Quality and accuracy of technical drawing and reports
    • Boat performance against design intent (DDR against as built)
  • Performance reviews

Strategic Interface

All areas and levels of the business, internal supply chain, external suppliers, Owner’s Representatives, Clients and their support agents, regulatory bodies and Trade Associations.

Person Specification:

Personal Ability

  • Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering degree qualification or relevant experience in lieu
  • Ideally, achieved or working towards professional status with the Engineering Council through a suitable body (Royal Institution of Naval Architecture, Institution of Marine Engineers, etc.).
  • Some practical experience of building or repairing yachts is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Maxsurf suite and Siemens NX.
  • Working knowledge or understanding of, Rhino 6 and Siemens Teamcenter
  • Experience with CE Pro software and Smartsheet would be an advantage.
  • Fully conversant with both regulatory and nautical terminology
  • Understanding of the Recreational Craft Directive/Regulations, associated ISO Standards and international shipping regulations together with their practical application to the business.

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical, and organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a cross functional organisation
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and clearly communicate progress and targets

If you are an experienced Naval Architect looking for a new challenge, please submit an up to date CV by using the ‘apply’ button.

For an informal chat, please phone 07498 340480 and ask for Martin. Many thanks for your interest.