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Aberdeen - Westhill

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We are looking for a Naval Architect to join our Offshore Resources team at our office in Westhill, Aberdeenshire on a full-time, staff basis. 

This role will be in our Fleet and Equipment group, which forms part of the wider Offshore Resources team. Offshore Resources is an internal service provider within Subsea 7 ​​supporting all regions with the vessels, equipment and people required to deliver projects worldwide. We support the Subsea 7 SURF and conventional fleet, currently 28 vessels, which includes dive, pipelay and heavy construction vessels. The Fleet and Equipment Function has full budget and technical responsibility for the day-to-day running of our fleet of owned and 3rd party vessels and includes fixed equipment onboard and the mobile equipment stored onshore for project use.

The Naval Architect position is an excellent opportunity to join the Technical and Engineering team supporting an advanced, modern fleet of offshore construction vessels, spanning many regions and sectors within the business.

For the right candidate you will be able to drive your own personal development and further your skills and knowledge within the discipline. The candidates we are looking for should have demonstrable naval architecture experience related to ships and/or offshore platforms.

We are keen to hear from applicants not only with oil and gas backgrounds, but also from those with relevant ship or offshore platform design experience. This may have been gained through time spent within a design office, consultancy, shipyard, classification society or marine warranty role.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide daily assistance to Vessel Superintendents & Project Managers on technical matters relating to naval architecture
  • Preparation of specifications, scopes of work, calculations and sketches for routine modifications, repairs, upgrades and drydock works
  • Management of third-party consultants engaged to undertake specialist naval architectural studies and liaison with shipyards and fabricators
  • Completion of stability checks, quayside mooring analysis and potentially structural calculations
  • Liaison with Flag State, Port State and Classification Society representatives on technical matters
  • Occasional attendance offshore, on site and at meetings (regional and global) as may be required
  • Provision of Naval Architectural services to other Subsea 7 departments in areas such as tendering and project support
  • Coordinate and maintain a database of Subsea 7 vessel RAOs
  • Act as a focal point for onboard stability software / computers for the Subsea 7 fleet
  • Management and supervision of 3rd parties completing deadweight surveys and inclining experiments together with the production and delivery of associated stability documentation
  • Liaison with model testing establishments, including development of scopes of work
  • Technical support to new build projects as required


What experience would we like you to have?

Please note, if you don’t tick all the boxes below but feel you have some of the relevant skills and experience we’re looking for, please do consider applying. We would encourage you to apply with a CV that highlights your transferable skills and experience.

  • Educated to a degree level in Naval Architecture or suitable alternative
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Some experience of vessel loading software and/or vessel stability software
  • Working towards Chartered Engineer status
  • Experience in Naval Architectural calculations and stability assessments
  • Knowledge of ship Classification Society rules and international marine legislation (SPS, SOLAS, MARPOL etc)


What do we offer?

  • Career development – with access to a range of learning and development opportunities, as well as being part of a culture that encourages growth and development
  • Flexible working – lots of our people work flexibly in different ways. Whether it’s hybrid, part-time or flexitime working. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but let’s have a discussion to see how we can make it work.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave/adoption leave
  • A fantastic benefits package – which includes a generous holiday allowance, pension scheme, discounted health and wellbeing packages, electric car salary sacrifice scheme and more.


Who are we?

We are Subsea7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the energy industry. We make offshore energy transition possible through the continuous evolution of lower-carbon oil and gas and by enabling the growth of renewables and emerging energy.

At Subsea7, we are looking for people who think differently. We want people who can bring new ideas and who are willing to take on challenges that will enable us to make a positive impact on a global stage.

In turn we will lift you up and encourage you to go further.  Onshore or offshore, embark on a journey of opportunities, continuous learning and development.

Start your journey with us today.

An environment where you can thrive

We recognise that having a diverse team makes us a better, smarter team. Diversity is something we value and regard it as key to our success.

We encourage new ways of thinking and celebrate our wide range of skills that help us continually challenge the status quo and inspire innovation. An inclusive and diverse environment fosters creativity, improves decision-making and introduces new ways of thinking.

Our people are at the heart of what we do at Subsea7 and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Fair employment practices, fair treatment for all individuals and equal opportunity on the basis of merit are the foundation of how we work and develop together.

What happens next?

If you would like to apply for this role, simply click the Apply button found on this page.  

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Here are 3 top tips to help you submit a successful application:

  • Make sure your CV is up-to-date and highlights the transferable skills and experience you can bring to this role.
  • We would encourage you to include a cover letter as part of your application. It’s your chance to tell us why you would be a brilliant addition to our team.
  • Take your time with your application and check there are no errors such as spelling mistakes.

Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch as soon as possible with next steps.

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