Authorising Engineer (Electrical)

Location: Leatherhead (with travel to Europe, Middle East and Africa as required)
Salary: circa £65k base plus a generous package

Role Summary

The Authorising Engineer (AE) supports our clients projects by providing independent internal subject matter expertise for Ministry Of Defence (MOD) projects. This role will also support services offered to external suppliers. Our client is actively interested in employing appropriately qualified ex-military for this role after a number of successful precedents.

The Company

Our client provides International Professional Services for the full life-cycle services / capabilities to Government (research & development, testing; evaluation, programme management, operations, maintenance, field logistics).

Key Responsibilities

  • Assessing the experience, training and competence of other Authorised Persons (APs) and providing recommendations of appointment.

  • Providing technical and engineering support to ensure all APs are competent to carry out their function, to ensure compliance and succession planning.

  • Designing and delivering training and facilitating workshops to ensure AP competency levels.

  • Certification and training of on-site AP.

  • Implementation, administration, auditing and monitoring safe systems of work associated with statutory regulations.

  • Carrying out internal or external auditing activities in the role of an AE as per the requirements of JSP 375.

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with The Health & Safety at Work Act, company health & safety policies and related regulations.

  • Undertake investigations with respect near misses and accidents, liaising with enforcing authorities where required in the role of an Authorising Engineer.

  • Routine inspections (6 monthly and annually) across Electrical (HV and LV) plus other areas of expertise.

  • Act as the focal point to the Senior Management within the firm and AP teams in all matters relating to JSP 375 Volume 3.

  • Provide the necessary assurances that JSP 375 Volume 3 is being appropriately implemented at site level through the AE Audits undertaken and the Assessment of AP Competence.

Skills & Experience


  • Electrical Engineering qualifications & experience in:

    • High Voltage / Low Voltage

    • Confined Spaces

    • Working at Height


  • Thorough knowledge of MOD Joint Service Publication (JSP) 375.

  • Minimum of 2 years recent experience of working as an AE or military equivalent.

  • Must be capable of being appointed as an AE by the UK MOD.

  • Must be able to pass a detailed medical examination.

  • Technical background within relevant disciplines for appointment as an AE.

  • Experience in verifying safe systems at work.

  • Demonstrates a good understanding of UK health and safety legislation and carry out risk assessments and propose actions for risk control/management.


  • Experience of working on government services contracts.

  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office suite.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to liaise with senior client figures.

  • Working knowledge of JSP 375, Health Technical Memorandum or other similar standards.

  • A military background.

  • Knowledge of airfield operations, Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) and services.

  • Familiarity with NATO, ICAO and ISO terminology.

  • Experience of working on operations in austere remote sites or in developing nations core responsibilities and duties.


  • NEBOSH or similar Health & Safety qualification.

  • Degree, HND or HNC in a technical or engineering field or similar qualification.

  • Must possess or be capable of obtaining NATO Secret (NS) Security Clearance.

  • Registered as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Professional Health and Safety Practitioner with experience in the appropriate discipline. In exceptional circumstances a restricted AE Licence may suffice whilst the prospective AE is working towards such registration.

  • In possession of or capable of obtaining a passport.