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BMT • AUS - Adelaide

Principal Naval Architect

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description

Work for a global high-end design house and technical consulting firm solving complex real-world problems.

We Design. We Guide. We Protect. We Sustain. We Train. We Transform

About Us: BMT is a leading international consultancy renowned for excellence in design, engineering, science, and risk management. We are committed to making things better, safer, greener, and more efficient. With over 1,300 professionals worldwide, we support our customers in making the right decisions at the right time.

Delivering independent, complex design and consultancy capabilities for over 37 years, we pride ourselves on being equipped to support our customers to tackle the most complex design and systems issues, and challenges, which enables the industry to deliver safer, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient shipping for the future. We draw upon a wide range of experience and expertise to provide high-quality, high value products and services across the maritime sector. The group's assets are held in beneficial ownership for employees.

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Our employee benefits are designed to ensure you have the resources you need to thrive.

  • Flexible work arrangements, including work from home.
  • Competitive salary and performance-related bonus.
  • An employee dividend, reflecting our status as an Employee Benefit Trust.
  • Learning and Development opportunities.
  • Defence Reserve Leave is available to enable eligible Defence reservist employees to undertake duty and training obligations with the ADF, without being financially disadvantaged.

We are currently seeking a Principal Naval Architect to join our defence team in our Adelaide office. In this role, you will lead and manage the design, development, and assessment of naval architecture projects. This position demands a profound knowledge of marine engineering principles, creative design skills, and the leadership to guide a team of engineers and designers. The Principal Naval Architect will collaborate closely with clients, regulatory authorities, and interdisciplinary teams to ensure all projects adhere to the highest standards of safety, performance, and efficiency.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Management: Lead and manage a team of naval architects, marine engineers, and designers. Provide technical guidance and mentorship.

  • Design and Development: Oversee the conceptual and detailed design of vessels, ensuring compliance with industry standards and client requirements. Utilise advanced design software and develop innovative solutions to optimise vessel performance.

  • Project Oversight: Manage multiple projects from initial design through final delivery, ensuring adherence to safety, environmental, and regulatory standards. Conduct risk assessments and implement mitigation strategies.

  • Client and Stakeholder Engagement: Liaise with clients to understand their needs and translate them into technical specifications. Maintain strong relationships with regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.

  • Research and Development: Stay updated with the latest advancements in naval architecture and marine engineering. Lead or contribute to R&D projects to enhance vessel efficiency, safety, and sustainability.

  • Compliance and Standards: Ensure all designs comply with relevant national and international standards and regulations. Conduct regular reviews and audits to maintain high standards of quality and safety.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or a related field.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in naval architecture, with at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Expertise in ship design software (e.g., AutoCAD, Rhino, Maxsurf).
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards and regulations (e.g., IMO, SOLAS, MARPOL).
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong leadership and decision-making abilities.
  • High attention to detail and a commitment to quality.
  • Innovative and forward-thinking mindset.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities.

Application Process: All final applicants will consent to a criminal record check. We value diversity and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Please note, BMT only accepts applications via our ATS system. Unsolicited CVs will not be considered.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – After 1 years service, enhanced maternity to max 18 weeks
26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Wellbeing allowance – £300
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees enjoy the working environment
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at BMT

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


Office locations

Teddington, Bath, Southampton, Fareham, Bristol, Plymouth, Weymouth, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow

Hiring Countries





United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Professional Services

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Industry awards 2023

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