Senior Naval Architect

Gibbs & Cox Australia (GCA) provides world-leading naval and marine engineering expertise for Australia’s maritime enterprise. Our vision is a vibrant, sustainable, sovereign Australian shipbuilding, design and maritime enterprise.

GCA is a subsidiary of Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an international leader in naval ship design, providing naval engineering and design services on a range of major combatant and surface autonomy programs. Based in Arlington, VA, Gibbs & Cox has a proud history of excellence, serving naval, government, commercial, and private marine clients since 1929. GCA leverages support from Gibbs & Cox’s international network of expertise to offer world’s best practice in naval ship design and engineering.

In Australia, we operate a select, highly skilled, internationally diverse engineering team, providing engineering and design advisory services to Australia’s naval programs. Our team holds expertise across naval architecture, marine engineering, nuclear engineering, safety and security, systems engineering, integrated logistics support, engineering consulting and acquisition program management.

We pursue a learning-focused culture and offer generous, employee-directed professional development provisions to ensure our team stays at the leading edge of professional capability in marine technology and practice. We operate a mix of internal and client-embedded teams, and a central focus of all our teams is supporting client success, knowledge sharing and team capability development. Accordingly we ask all our people to bring a learning and sharing mindset to their role.

Job Title: Senior Naval Architect

Location: Canberra

Job Description

Your New Role

Gibbs & Cox have an opportunity for a Senior Naval Architect with significant skills and experience in Naval Architecture to provide technical advisory services based in Canberra.

Senior Naval Architect Characteristics

The position requires the following high-level attributes:

· Degree-qualified naval architect with knowledge and experience in naval surface ship stability and naval architecture

· Experience as technical lead on ship stability analysis including complex damage scenarios

· Familiarity with a variety of stability standards

· Familiarity with one or more stability software packages and 3D CAD modelling environments.

· Experience with the development of ship geometry and arrangements in one or more areas such as hullform and subdivision, concept/feasibility studies, and machinery plant layout.

· Understanding of ship weight management through design, construction and in-service phases, including knowledge of margins engineering and analysis

· Knowledge of how stability impacts naval surface ship survivability

· Strong communication skills, including the ability to engage with senior stakeholders and decision authorities and explain complex positions and issues, including briefing and reporting of results to senior technical and corporate management

· A positive, solutions-orientated attitude

· An ability to share experience and lessons with the project team membership to build engineering skills and abilities in the project team

· Knowledge of ship hydrodynamics

· Clear understanding of systems engineering processes and other practices and issues in military ship design.


The position will include the following responsibilities:

o   Initially, under the guidance of a Principal Naval Architect and other leads in the engineering team, the role will primarily responsible for performing naval architecture investigative studies for the Hunter Class Frigate design, including:

o   Intact and damaged stability characteristics and performance

o   Developing and modelling geometry options

o   Developing technical expertise in the stability analysis tool and take ownership of the stability analysis capability on behalf of the project team and the Navy more generally

o   Assessing trade-offs between intact and damage stability, hydrodynamic and capacity characteristics of geometry options

o   As well as performing naval architecture design studies, the role may also involve naval architecture assurance tasks as directed by the client, including:

o   Assess and advise on key naval architecture and technical risks in the Hunter Class design

o   Assess Batch 1 tech baseline stability characteristics using the stability tool

o   Support the review of stability-related technical deliverables from the project’s Head Contractor

o   Assess and advise on suitability of system characteristics including performance, weight, and stability implications

o   The role will also require sharing experience, skills and lessons with project team personnel to advance engineering skills and system knowledge within the project’s technical team

o   The Employee’s duties and role may be adapted from time to time depending on the operational requirements of the client.

Security Requirements

  • Hold a valid NV1 security clearance or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid security clearance.
  • Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as per Australian Government guidelines ( )
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