Naval Architect

Job Responsibilities


  • Undertake Naval Architect work in support of Shell Shipping Technology activities and fleet operations.
  • Lead and participate in project engineering teams for new construction and conversions, including the preparation of outline specifications, technical evaluation of tenders, negotiation with short listed bidders, plan approval, design discussions with builder, attendance and witness at factory acceptance tests, commissioning, and trials.
  • Business development support engaging with external customers, suppliers, and industry bodies to deliver marine sector decarbonization pathways.
  • Provide technical advice on vessel compatibility and mooring arrangements for bunkering operations
  • Effective liaison with personnel from professional bodies, shipyard managers, Shell Shipping fleet management operation units and Shell Group discipline engineers.
  • Follow policies, and interpret legislative requirements with some guidance.
  • Keep abreast of industry developments and recognise potential for economic implementation of innovative ideas as a means of increasing operational safety or reducing costs.
  • Participate in technical discussions with manufacturers with regard to design, testing and operation of equipment.
  • Design, installation and commissioning of equipment for maritime assets.
  • The Naval Architect may provide casualty response within a multi-discipline team. Training will be provided in specialized software and response system.

What we need from you –


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Naval Architecture or similar discipline. (Preferably a Master’s degree as this will aid progression to Professional Engineer status).
  • 7 or more years’ experience in the maritime industry
  • Several years’ experience of tanker and LNG carrier design including plan review and approval.
  • Experience of working in a shipyard environment as part of the shipyard’s design or construction team or as a representative of the buyer or classification society. The position requires a sound technical knowledge of naval architecture with a strong bias on structural design and sea-going performance of ships and offshore assets.
  • Full understanding of the relevant Maritime Standards and Classification Society Rules
  • Ability to analyse and develop proposals and solutions to a wide range of technical, operational and commercial, problems seeking guidance from Senior’s where applicable.
  • Experience working with external partners and industry bodies to deliver value
  • Understanding complex commercial structures and demonstrated ability to manage customer requirements is considered a benefit
  • A team player with the necessary communication (oral and written) skills to interface with other disciplines and the ability to produce written reports of a high quality in the English language
  • Assess personal competencies and development to close any competency gaps and to enhance professional skills.
  • Maintain a contemporary knowledge base within own area of expertise.
Job location

Houston, TX ,USA