Amplify your impact as our new Head of UK Submarines (Mission Systems) This is a great opportunity to make an immediate impact by leading the portfolio of programmes and projects that form the UK submarines focus area within Mission System’s Launch and Handling (L&H) Capability Area. The focus area is currently delivering major items of equipment to the Dreadnought Programme and undertaking early design activities for the Astute replacement programme (SSNR). The future triparite AUKUS program also forms part of this portfolio. This is a significant leadership role, reporting directly to the L&H Director, working closely with the Head of Operations and discipline leads you will be responsible for the centralised management of the overall portfolio of programmes, projects and business development opportunities that comprise the UK submarines focus area to ensure that they meet the agreed strategic objectives. Key responsibilities will include: • Active membership of the Launch & Handling leadership team. • Monitoring, control and delivery of the UK Submarines portfolio to achieve the agreed strategic business objectives and associated profit and loss. • Management of the portfolio risks and issues • In conjunction with the Head of Operations establish and maintain effective governance arrangements • Generation and submission of portfolio performance reports identifying any deviations from plan and associated corrective action to be taken. • In conjunction with the appropriate delivery and discipline leads allocate resources to optimise the performance of the portfolio • Developing and managing effective relationships both internal and external. • Ensuring that all activities undertaken within the focus area contribute to ‘safe and secure’ Capability Area operations, including HSE, Security, Information Assurance and Business Continuity Planning (BCP). • Implementing agreed continuous improvement (CI) activities within the focus area; developing the Area’s skills and routines, integrating activates across teams, ensuring progress to plan, and overseeing benefits realisation / measurement. Who we’re looking for As a leader, collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally. You are someone who owns and delivers, who champions high performance and is courageous to challenge the status quo. You will also be self-motivated with the ability to transform complex problems into simple, elegant solutions.
Experience • Comprehensive experience of managing multiple portfolios of in the support of delivery of large and technically complex equipment/system contracts, preferably for MoD and commercial customers. • Experience in developing and implementing business cases, delivery plans and growth strategies. • Well rounded Commercial and Legal awareness. • Excellent communication and leadership skills, with the ability to interact successfully at a senior level with Babcock leadership, Commercial and MoD customers. • An understanding of military dockyard waterfront operations and strategic infrastructure management is desirable. • Domain knowledge in, and experience of, delivering programmes and projects for complex defence assets and systems to UK customers is desirable. • Proficient with MS Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Project desirable. • Experience of Babcock Finance and ERP systems, including IFS (or similar). Education and qualifications • Degree or equivalent qualification / experience in an appropriate production, engineering or management discipline. • Holds a recognised project management qualification such as APM PMQ or equivalent • Holds, or capable of achieving, Chartered project professional (ChPP) registration or equivalent. • NEBOSH Health and Safety or equivalent (desirable). • IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent. Attributes • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to influence and enforce strategic conclusions. • Excellent organisational skills. • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships at all levels. • Strong Safety based ethos with a commitment to the Babcock Purpose and Principles.
In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get: • Flexible working • Autonomy to perform the role • The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit
As well as: • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts • Employee Share Scheme • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments
Where it all fits in: Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.
The Critical Communications Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.
Other need to knows: • You must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role • We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.
Application Guidance Please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy. You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role. Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records. All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account, then you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties, please click here. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly. We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.
Armed Forces Covenant We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.
Babcock International Group For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential. This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.