Principal Safety Engineer, Defence Aviation

Posting Date:  07-Mar-2023
City:  Swindon

Swindon, GB, SN3 4UQ Leatherhead Surrey, GB, KT22 7NL

Contract Type:  Permanent
Division:  Space & Defence
Level of experience:  Senior

RINA is looking for a highly experienced Air Safety Engineering Consultant to join a specialist and growing team working for Defence clients across all aviation platforms including unmanned, fixed wing and rotary. This is an exciting opportunity to help develop and shape RINA’s Safety and/or ISA capability, providing the Defence sector and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) with world class safety advisory services.


This role can be based out of our Swindon or Leatherhead offices though RINA is smart/hybrid working organisation, so living within commuter distance of the office is not necessarily required. Moderate travel across the UK is required though. Despite being a permanent position, we will also consider a part-time (PAYE) role, 3-4 days/week.


The Safety Engineering team delivers critical projects across some of the most technically advanced programmes in UK Defence, including carrier, unmanned air systems, Apache, Chinnock, Typhoon, Air Traffic Management systems (ATM), but to name a few.  The successful candidate will be encouraged to take a lead on safety critical or ISA projects, not only saving lives, but also driving engineering efficiency.

The role:


  • You will lead a variety of Safety Engineering projects to ensure requirements are delivered on time, to budget, and to the required quality.
  • You will manage projects either as an individual or managing a small team.
  • Support with bids, proposals, analysis and report writing.
  • Promote RINA’s Safety capability to customers, providing expert counsel, through face-to-face liaison, relationship building and presentations.
  • Assist the Safety management team with augmenting safety capability to meet new and emerging market demands.
  • This is not a Health & Safety (HSE) role.


Qualifications & experience:


  • At least ten years’ experience in the application of safety engineering management solutions is high hazard environments.
  • Knowledge of UK MOD (Defence) air platforms or the MAA.
  • Experience in conducting Hazard & Safety Risk Analysis or Independent Safety Assurance (ISA) projects and have developed safety cases.
  • Experience in the use and application of Safety Engineering tools such as Reliability Workbench, ASCE, BowTie, ETA or FTA.
  • Some working knowledge of the following Defence Standards: Def Stan 00-056, Def Stan 00-970 series, ARP 4754 or ARP 4761.
  • An understanding of how UK MOD frameworks (i.e Aurora) operate.
  • Some working knowledge of ASEMS, POSMS and POEMS processes.
  • You will have an engineering background.
  • Ideally you will have UK Security Clearance, or you must be a British citizen and be prepared to go through vetting.


About RINA Space & Defence UK:
RINA S&D UK has been awarded Gold status with the Armed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Scheme and proudly supports those who serve.

RINA S&D UK is a key technical engineering partner to the Defence sector, providing a portfolio of consultancy services, including Safety, ILS, Training, Cyber Assurance, Human Factors and Data Science & Analytics. It has a proven track record and excellent reputation in supporting and improving performance for some of the military’s most technically advanced programmes across air, land, sea, space and cyber.


RINA Group

RINA is a 5,00 strong global engineering services firm, with a heritage in classification and Certification. It provides innovative safety related services to Defence, energy, oil & gas, power, renewables and transport & infrastructure. Operating out of 70 countries, RINA offers significant depth of experience across engineering disciplines to support clients at each phase of their project. RINA has a strong reputation providing services that are of the highest quality, creating significant value add.



We offer competitive salaries and pension contributions. You will enjoy a generous leave allowance, private medical care, life insurance and more. Our great financial benefits are only part of the attraction, you can expect quick integration and real opportunities for professional development (i.e. Chartership). As part of our growing global team you will work with world-class engineers.


At RINA, we endeavor to create a work environment where every single person is valued and encouraged to develop new ideas. We provide equal employment opportunities and are committed to creating a workplace where everyone feels respected and safe from discrimination or harassment of any kind. #LI-JB1