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Principal / Senior Naval Architects – Commercial Vessels

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The Role

Principal / Senior Naval Architects – Commercial Vessels

BMT is dedicated to tackling the most crucial engineering challenges of our era, fostering an environment where individuals with exceptional technical expertise provide meaningful, practical solutions. Committed to creating a safer, more efficient, effective, and sustainable future, BMT values diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing their pivotal role in achieving our business purpose. Learn more about BMT at

Why Work for Us?

Joining BMT means gaining access to a comprehensive set of employee benefits designed to empower your success. In addition to a competitive salary, our offerings encompass health, family, finance, and personal development, including:

·        Private Medical (family coverage)

·        Enhanced Pension

·        Flexible Working

·        Wellbeing Fund – an annual fund for personal hobbies or interests

·        26 Days Annual Leave (plus bank holidays)

·        Holiday Trading

·        Retail Vouchers

·        Professional Subscriptions

At BMT, we pride ourselves on being a verified flexible workplace, providing freedom and choice. Learn more about our flexible status at Flexa Careers.

About the role

As Principal / Senior Naval Architect working in our commercial team you will make a valuable contribution towards a wide variety of projects and enquiries, spanning the full breadth of our portfolio. The work ranges from concept design, initial enquiry assessments and tender bids, to detailed project naval architecture through the Class, Production and Build phase of vessels that will operate in a number of different market sectors, around the world. High levels of interaction between disciplines is inherent to the projects we complete, offering learning opportunities beyond Naval Architecture.

The role is nominally based at our Southampton office working 3 days in office, with a flexible and hybrid working arrangement. The importance of this is to provide the ability to develop an understanding and cross pollination of information across all sectors of the commercial BMT portfolio, whilst also maximising mentor opportunity across the team.

About you

You will have a Bachelors or Masters level degree in Naval Architecture with a minimum off ten years relevant experience in the commercial and defence marine industry for vessels from 15 - 70m. You will be competent in fundamental Naval Architecture tasks and have experience in; development of different hull form types, use of a variety of construction materials to optimise the structural design of light weight high speed craft, application of propulsion systems, alternative fuels to reduce emissions, stability assessment, weights engineering, sea keeping, model testing, maritime operations, whole vessel design, multiple classification / code regulations, tank plan development and arrangement drawings.

Working in a team of Naval Architects, you will have a strong background in Naval Architecture principles, with the experience to apply these principles in a practical and dynamic way within a design environment.

Experience with the types of vessels BMT designs is desirable covering Crew Transfer Vessels, Service Operations Vessels, ferries, patrol boats, workboats etc.

Ideally you will possess advanced level skills in 2D/3D CAD (AutoCAD), and other specialist software skills would be an advantage in order to produce and review design information.

You’ll be commercially aware, ensuring that works are being carried out and completed to an appropriate standard and level of detail.  You will produce clear and well-presented drawings and plans to a suitable quality and standard. A high degree of initiative and self-drive is essential for this rewarding role, in order to meet agreed targets and deliverable deadlines. 

You will also have sound verbal and written communication skills.

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.

What's Next?

If you are ready to contribute your skills and passion to a dynamic team addressing impactful challenges, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity with BMT. Join us in shaping a safer, more efficient, and sustainable future.


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