Engineering Officer - RNZN Vessel Care & Custody

Fixed Term to January 2022

About the Centre of Engineering

At Babcock our Centre of Engineering serve as the Design Authority for the Maritime Engineering Support Team (MEST) serving the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).  As the Navy’s strategic maritime partner, we provide complete engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the entire fleet. We also undertake ship conversions, life extensions, retrofits and major repairs in dry-dock or in water for our customers. We are currently in an exciting phase of growth to deliver a portfolio of programmes in both defence and commercial sectors for Aotearoa.

This role reports to the Care & Custody Manager and is for a fixed term to deliver the Care & Custody contracts.

About the Role

As the RNZN's Strategic Maritime Partner, we provide Care and Custody of RNZN vessels when requested, reducing the burden on the RNZN personnel. As the Care and Custody Engineering Officer, you will be the onboard team leader for a team of Engineers working on RNZN vessels.

The key priorities for this role will be:

  • Compliance, oversight, and quality assurance of the work conducted on board, ensuring vessels are in an operational state and the work delivered exceeds RNZN expectations.
  • Day to day leadership and development of the Care and Custody Engineers. This includes ensuring team members are adequately skilled, identifying training needs, development opportunities, and opportunities to improve systems of work.
  • Safety of personnel and safety of asset, ensuring work instructions, policies, and procedures are followed onboard.
  • Role modelling and promoting a culture of health, safety and environmental compliance.

This will include delivering basin trials and turning routine evolutions, identifying defects, scoping future jobs and work packages and providing progress reporting and scheduling. You will work alongside a Care and Custody Maintenance Manager and Care and Custody Logistics Specialist.

About You:

We are looking for an experienced Engineer and people leader from a marine environment, ideally with sea-going experience from a commercial or Naval background.

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience as a leader or manager within the maritime industry
  • MEC2 qualification or equivalent preferred
  • Thorough understanding of ships propulsion, auxiliary and electrical systems
  • Experience leasing with Classification Societies
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

While not essential, ideally you will also have a relevant engineering qualification (BEng, BTech, Diploma), and experience working in a dockyard or on extensive refits.

What we offer:

  • This is a great opportunity to drive the success of the Care and Custody model, and build relationships that position you well for future vacancies.
  • We offer flexible working and a fascinating naval marine environment to work within, as part of the team who works in partnership with the Navy.
  • Located on the Devonport Naval Base, this is a great opportunity to achieve a work-life balance working on ships during the day, and being home for the evenings and weekends.

About Us

Babcock New Zealand is part of the Babcock International Group, a leading provider of critical engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities. In New Zealand our team of over 300 talented people work closely with our customers and partners to understand them inside out, building deep relationships based on trust to solve complex challenges and deliver value. We do this through our people’s commitment to excellence and our adoption of technology. Our people are critical to our ability to deliver our strategic goals, and our core values are health, safety, the environment, and being inclusive. 


Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and be able to satisfy medical, safety and security checks in order to obtain a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Security Clearance

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Fixed Term Contract

Job no: AGAH12931

Location: Auckland - NZ

Closing Date: Sunday, 28 February 2021