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Principal Structural Engineer – Commercial Vessels

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The Role

Principal Structural Engineer – Commercial Vessels

About the role

As part of a broad portfolio of global activity, BMT are a prestigious Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering design consultancy providing a wide range of services for advanced and specialised ships and boats, from initial concept through to detailed design and production. The company has an established background in commercial vessels, naval vessels and yachts, with significant experience across all hull types, propulsion systems and structural materials. State of the art technology is utilised to provide innovative design solutions and consultancy services tailored to the individual requirements of owners, operators and shipyards worldwide.

As Principal Structural Engineer you will be responsible for the commercial vessel structural engineering discipline.  This is a senior role involving responsibility for the delivery of all structural engineering elements of vessel design projects, consultancy projects and R&D. Design activities will range from the conceptual development of structural solutions for specialised commercial craft through to the delivery of detailed structural engineering packages. The role involves the leadership of a small team, as well as carrying out project and design work directly.  

You will be involved with vessel design enquiries and the development of new technologies to meet them. Structural engineering is a key part of BMT’s future vision for commercial vessel design, and it is expected that you will energetically promote and grow this area of BMT’s offering. You will engage actively in the implementation of business strategy and business development activities. You will promote BMT externally through writing papers, delivering presentations and attending industry forums.  The commercial vessel design team is highly dynamic and you will interact closely with colleagues responsible for Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Outfit Engineering and Production Design.

This role is located in BMT’s office in Southampton.

About you

You will be a highly experienced structural engineer with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience in the marine industry. You will be a technical expert with significant experience in a wide range of structural design activity including but not limited to concept development, structural arrangement, design of light weight structures, design of specialised structures, foundation design, structural hand calculations, finite element analysis and detailed structural design for production. You will be familiar with structural design in different materials, ideally with a bias towards lightweight aluminium structures for medium to high-speed craft. You will be experienced with relevant codes of practice and Classification Society rules. You will have practical experience in vessel construction.

You will have acted as the lead structural engineer for marine design projects and will be used to working with a range of other engineers and technical project managers. You will be used to liaising with customers, ranging from operators to shipyards, and at differing levels of seniority.

You will have demonstrable management experience and interpersonal skills that allow you to engage with customers, stakeholders and your own team, whether face to face or remotely. You will be an excellent written and verbal communicator. You will be experienced in guiding and supporting colleagues, including checking work to be in accordance with quality standards and regulatory requirements.  You will ensure that the strengths of the structural discipline are maintained and strategically developed to suit the company’s needs and business strategy. You will be detail focussed and experienced in successful workload planning.

Missing skills? Let us be the judge! BMT are passionate about people; we recognise that technology moves quickly and that no one can learn everything, which is why we seek those who can adapt and demonstrate the aptitude to learn. With enthusiasm and the right attitude, we can help you discover your potential.

About BMT

BMT is a maritime-orientated high-end design house and technical consulting firm driven by a passion for solving complex, real-world problems. To find out more about BMT  click here .

BMT is open and committed to discussing flexible working. We believe that everyone performs at their best when they have the flexibility to make working for BMT work best for them.

BMT hires talented people and welcomes applications from everyone. Currently, we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority ethnic, female, and non-binary candidates as we are underrepresented in these groups.

We know that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to achieving our purpose as a business which is to navigate the most important and impactful engineering challenges of our time (to find out more  click here ).  Our passion and goal are to build more diverse teams and to create an environment where employees are engaged, thriving, and feel a sense of belonging.


At BMT, our employee benefits are designed to ensure you have the resources you need to thrive.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits in areas including health, family, finance, and personal development. 

Don’t hesitate to ask more about our benefits during the hiring process.

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Does this sound like you? If so, please submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to learning more about you. 


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