• Engineering Software Developer

    Location UK-Bristol
    Requisition ID
    Business Area
    Digital Solutions
    Position Type
    Permanent employment
    Close Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Local Unit & Position Description

    Bladed provides worldwide wind turbine and component manufacturers, certification agencies, design consultants and research organisations with a design tool that has been extensively validated against measured data from a wide range of turbines. It is the industry-leading wind turbine design tool.


    Bladed is currently going through a major programme of re-architecting and innovation to ensure that it retains its market-leading position into the 2020s and beyond – all of which makes it a particularly exciting time to join the team and make your mark on the future! Bladed has recently taken great strides in diverse areas such as cloud computing, performance optimisation, wind turbine blade non-linear dynamics etc. We aim to keep pushing the boundaries to keep Bladed at the cutting edge of wind turbine simulation.


    We are looking for an able and motivated programmer to join our engineering code development team. They will have a software or engineering / physics background, and be enthusiastic about producing high-quality, well-architected code.


    In the role you may:

    • Contribute to the design and development of new features in the Bladed engineering code base, for example improving the structural dynamics, aerodynamics or hydrodynamics models.
    • Help to make major improvements in the structure, architecture, and general code quality of existing Bladed engineering code using mainly C++ and FORTRAN.
    • Perform verification and testing of new engineering models.
    • Fix defects identified through testing and reported by the customer.
    • Support Bladed users in their work by helping them investigate unexpected results and find solutions to modelling issues.
    • Contribute to the capturing of new requirements through discussion with users and other engineering experts.
    • Critically appraise the work of other developers with the aim of continuously improving overall quality.
    • Communicate your developments internally and externally (e.g. at industry conferences).


    As a member of an agile software development team you will need to:

    • Participate in design, development, code review, unit testing, user testing and ongoing maintenance.
    • Participate in daily scrums, planning sessions, sprint reviews and retrospectives.
      Produce high-quality documentation of code as part of development.


    Key Outputs:

    • High-quality, performant, maintainable code that meets customer needs.
    • Clear and concise documentation of all new functionality.


    Position Qualifications

    Technical / Professional Expertise and Qualifications



    • 2:1 degree or above in Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering or related discipline.
    • Proven software development ability, preferably in a numerical / scientific context using object orientated programming.
    • Strong interest in physical modelling / simulation work.


    • Experience in wind turbine structural dynamics, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics etc.
    • Experience developing wind turbine aero-elastic codes.
    • Experience in software architecture and design.
    • Knowledge of C++ and FORTRAN programming.
    • Experience of optimising algorithms and software for performance.
    • Knowledge of one or more scripting languages e.g. Python.

    Professional skills:

    • Possesses strong problem solving and analytical skills.
    • Able to get up to speed and become productive quickly in a complex area of work.
    • Self-starter, able to work independently on some projects while also an effective team member.
    • Is able to extract the important principles amongst a large number of details.  This might either be within a complex code base, or within a discussion with a customer.
    • Happy to work with some legacy code, balancing desire to rewrite / re-factor with timely delivery of new features.
    • Is enthusiastic and motivated to help the customer achieve their aims.

    Effective communication:

    • Fluent in spoken and written English (at least CEFR C1 level).
    • Can communicate clearly and effectively (verbal and written), and seeks understanding of other views.
    • Has a proven ability to present complex concepts to others, either one-to-one or in a presentation format.
    • Is keen to build good personal and professional relationships within the department, within the company, and outside, and collaborate to create results.

    Company & Business Area Description


    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. 

    We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.

    Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. 

    With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    DNV GL is a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more.

    Our open industry platform Veracity, cyber security and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and healthcare. 


    Equal Opportunity Statement

    DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, cultural background, social group, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age or political opinion. Diversity is fundamental to our culture and we invite you to be part of this diversity!

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