AUV Survey Analyst

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Across our 12,500-strong organisation, we support all our people to be at their very best, fostering a family-friendly approach to flexible and hybrid working. After all, support is in our name.

Job description

If you are excited by the prospect of working with industry leading subsea technology in a challenging environment, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you! The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Team is looking for Surveyor Analysts to join them as part of the wider Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) department.

Our SALMO team is the lead across the MoD for the provision of marine salvage and emergency response. Our specialists including Master Mariners, Marine Engineers, Naval Architects, Environmental Scientists, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) Pilots, AUV, (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) Operators and Divers provide a centre of expertise for subsea activities and marine operations. Our operations are varied and include: salvage assistance to damaged surface vessels, location of aircraft on the sea-bottom, survey of WWII wrecks, towage of warships and submarines, emergency response preparedness exercises and underwater engineering support to resolve defects on Navy platforms at home and overseas.

We will provide you with the necessary training and help you on your journey to becoming an experienced AUV Surveyor Analyst. You will have opportunities to learn and develop your specialist knowledge and will be actively supported in this respect.

Please be advised that these posts are based at a location within 10 miles of MoD Abbey Wood and, due to the nature of security, these roles are reserved for sole UK nationals only. Additionally, the successful applicant will be required to undertake Developed Vetting (DV) clearance once in the post.

Please note attendance to the stated site will be required for this position.


As part of the team, you will help deliver a discrete capability within SALMO using cutting edge commercial AUV technology to provide deep water survey outputs in support of SALMO and wider MOD objectives.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Deploy afloat with the AUV system, circa 10-12 weeks a year
  • Survey planning and post mission analysis
  • Day to day management of data storage, and system security as well as being responsible for developing systems and standard operating procedures
  • Operate as an integral part of the AUV team, working to assist the AUV Operations Manager in the planning and organisation and conduct of pre-and post-deployment activity

Person specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Practical ‘hands-on’ experience in an offshore surveying/marine operations role or geospatial data analysis (such as marine archaeology or imagery analysis)
  • Relevant Level 4 (i.e., HNC or higher) qualification in Engineering, Science or other professional qualification, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of working together as part of a team

This role is subject to Retained Grade Terms and Conditions and differ from the DE&S standard Terms and Conditions.

For SALMO Retained Grade seeking promotion refer to Part 2, Section 10.2 of the SALMO Retained Grade Handbook

Due to the nature of this role, you are:

  • Required to be fit to pass and maintain a two-yearly ENG1 seafarers medical (no geographical limitations)
  • Required to enlist as a Royal Navy Sponsored Reserve
  • Expected to work extended hours as and when required in support of operational commitments
  • Required to live within 60 minutes travelling time of the base to which you are appointed
  • Required to hold an in-date UK driving licence

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competences and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Improve Engineering Capability
  • Application of Analytical Techniques
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


  • 26.5 days’ annual leave +1 day a year up to 31.5 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday.
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27%
  • Annual performance-based bonus and recognition awards
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications
  • Support for progression
  • Huge range of discounts
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave schemes

We believe in creating an environment where our people can grow, thrive, and be their best selves. So whether you’re looking for a next step, a fresh start, or a helping hand as you return from a career break, here you’ll find a supportive, family-friendly organisation to be a part of. If you need any additional support with your application, let us know.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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