Careers at ASV (UK)

A Career with a Difference


Current Opportunities

There are no UK vacancies at this time.

Are you looking for a job that’s out of the ordinary?


The autonomous revolution is happening.

We build autonomous and unmanned boats to improve the way we interact with the ocean. We have already delivered over 90 of these systems to over 40 customers across 10 countries.

If you want to make a difference in this growing and dynamic industry, send your CV and covering letter to UK Careers. You can view our live vacancies at the bottom of this page, but if you’re an outstanding individual with first class credentials we always welcome speculative CVs.

Working at ASV


No two days are the same at ASV. Our technology is ever evolving offering interesting and varied work. Our global customer base ranges from military primes to oil and gas companies to scientific institutions.

Our vehicles and control systems are designed, built, fitted and tested from our site in Portchester, Hampshire UK. ASV employees own every stage of the development and delivery process. As well as our base in the UK we have a vehicle service center in Louisiana, USA and several sales bases across the globe.

Having grown so quickly the energy at ASV is high and people love coming to work. The company operates a flat structure meaning no rigorous management structures and everybody gets a say. We want our employees to be the best they can be so we actively encourage personal development and training.

Who we employ


Our diverse team consists of naval architects, design and mechanical engineers, electrical and electronic engineers, marine electricians, electrical wireman, coded TIG and MIG welders, boat fitters, engine specialists, GRP fabricators, vehicle operators, software developers, systems engineers, project managers, sales and marketing managers.

We look for people at all experience levels including apprentices, interns, graduates and experienced professionals.

Our people are highly motivated, smart, adaptable, team players and love a challenge. Everyone at ASV strives for the best in everything they do, every single day.

Our mission


We are already the largest builder of Unmanned and Autonomous Surface Vehicles but we aren’t stopping there. We see a future where there is no job at sea that an ASV cannot do. Our passion for what we do comes from a firm belief that ASVs can save time, save money and ultimately save lives. Our company is growing and will continue to grow exponentially so long as there is water on our planet.

Join ASV and be part of something truly special.

Jobs in the Spotlight: Control Team


The Control Team is the largest team at ASV Global and is continually growing. These people are the brains behind the control system; the hardware and software that makes a boat autonomous. Without them there would be no ‘A’ in ASV. Click the links below to find out more about what it’s like to be part of our Control Team.

Howard Tripp – Autonomous Systems R&D Lead

Andy Jordan – Unmanned Systems Developer

Rob Clark – Unmanned Systems Developer

Kier Dugan – Unmanned Systems Developer

  • I work in the production workshop as a Welder Fabricator. I joined ASV as an apprentice and having worked here for a year and a half I have now completed my Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering and I am fully qualified in TIG and MIG welding. The training I have received at ASV has enabled me to progress from a trainee welder to successfully passing weld codes with procedure. I have been responsible for welding the hulls of over 10 ASVs. My job is very broad, not only do we weld hulls, we manufacture custom payload frames, jigs and masts. The job can be challenging because there’s always something new, something to be improved or a new problem that needs solving.

    -Natasha Cumming – Welder Fabricator

  • ASV provides a challenging and exciting place to work and you never really know what you might end up doing each day. You could be experimenting with advanced sensors on a high speed boat one day and tweaking autopilot algorithms on a long-endurance boat the next. You can be working across many different areas from sensor and hardware interfaces to advanced intelligent algorithms with the freedom to move between problems in a dynamic and fast-changing environment. My experience at ASV so far has been fantastic. ASV offers a diverse range of opportunities for its employees, and the social life’s not bad either!

    -Andy Jordan – Unmanned Systems Developer

  • As an Ocean Systems Engineer working at ASV, I have had many unique opportunities and experiences to learn and refine my skills. Working closely with a multidiscipline team of experts, I apply my background and abilities to provide design teams and management with necessary knowledge to develop and improve our systems, procedures, and operations. My mixture of experiences at ASV includes hands-on engineering from initial concept to detailed design, and in house fabrication in order to get the project ready for work in offshore applications. In addition, working in the field I get the opportunity to operate the systems first hand, doing onsite testing, troubleshooting, tuning, and any mechanical or electrical modifications as needed. In all, I am genuinely passionate about learning and applying what I know to solve any problem put in front of me at ASV.

    -David Pearson - Ocean Systems Engineer

  • With ASV I have been given the opportunity to travel the world while solving interesting and diverse technical problems. This isn't just a desk job – from design to development to deployment at sea, you can be involved in every aspect of the software engineering process. At ASV, we solve problems in an open and collaborative way. Our team's camaraderie combined with a shared drive to build interesting and fantastic things make ASV a great place to work.

    -Michael Scherer - Unmanned Systems Developer

  • I joined ASV 10 months ago after working for several years in the UAV industry, and in just 10 months I’ve learned and lived so many things! ASV really is a great place to work, as in my opinion it is just the right size: big enough to successfully deliver complex and ambitious projects but small enough to stay agile and reactive. Thus as an engineer, you can learn a lot and develop your expertise but at the same time you also really feel you’re making a difference, as you are given large responsibility on projects. No two days are the same at ASV: somedays I work on the general systems approach or solve fine technical issues, some days I perform on sea trials. And for me that’s really interesting, as it means you can have a hands-on deep understanding of the system while retaining the global picture of the project. Finally there is a wonderful work atmosphere here, as everyone is very committed to their work and driven by a shared passion for autonomous systems. The autonomous systems that ASV designs, builds and operates are radically transforming the marine industry: it’s time to join to be part of this great challenge!

    -Christopher Bissec - Unmanned System Engineer

  • Since starting at ASV as a Mechanical Design Engineer and progressing to Senior Mechanical Engineer I have been exposed to a multitude of projects, environments and even countries. The work is varied and exciting with the opportunity to follow the design process the entire way though from concept through to detailed design and onto production and commissioning. One of the highlights is getting to go out onto the water and see your work in action whether it be a custom complex moving payload system with state of the art sensors, components on a conventional vessel to make it unmanned or an entire new class of unmanned vessel. The opportunity to travel with the job has allowed me to visit and experience places and people from Orkney in Scotland to Louisiana in the USA.

    -Jonathan Last - Senior Design Engineer


Live vacancies

There are no current opportunities in the UK office.

If you would like to enquire about future possibilities, please contact careers.


ASV does offer career opportunities outside of the UK. To find out more about career opportunities in the USA click here.

For career opportunities in Brazil, please email to find out more or click here. We always welcome speculative CVs. 

Important Notice for Recruitment Agencies:

Please understand that we do not wish to be overwhelmed by CVs supplied by agencies without prior agreement as evidenced by an approved agency supply agreement. In the event that any agency should choose to forward one or more CVs without entering into such an agreement then the agency acknowledges that we will incur no obligation or liability whatsoever in regard to any terms, conditions fees or similar or otherwise as offered or requested by the agency in relation to such CV applications.

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