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Project Controller

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Ashchurch

Job Title: Project Controller (SC Cleared) 
Location: Ashchurch, UK 
Compensation: Competitive Salary & Benefits 
Role Type: Full time / Permanent 
Job ID: SF 45337


Make a real impact, immediately
We are looking for a dynamic and commercially aware Project Controller with a proven track record in project delivery and project controls to join our growing engineering services business.  
The difference our new Project Controller will make
Mission Systems is transforming, and we need you to support our drive for growth, supporting our teams through exciting and sometimes challenging situations. You’ll be one of our Project Controllers, delivering a portfolio of medium and high complexity projects and work packages across a number of engineering contracts and disciplines. You will be responsible for the timely and cost-effective delivery of products and services to our customers. 


You’ll play a key role in growing our contracts and building strong customer relationships. You’ll drive growth, and the role will bring bags of responsibility and the opportunity to work at the front of delivering some key UK Defence and Security contracts. Your responsibilities will include:


•    Working as a key member of the Prime Contract Office (PCO) which provides end-to-end delivery of all contract tasking and projects, you’ll report to a Senior Project Manager.
•    Project management of a portfolio of engineering projects and work packages ensuring that delivery teams understand cost, time and quality requirements and remain coordinated in their approach to delivering agreed scopes of work.
•    Providing end-to-end delivery throughout the project lifecycle, you’ll also be responsible for supporting with requirements capture, scoping, technical and commercial solutions and the generation of pricing models, gate review and proposal documentation. 
•    Providing effective operational risk management to ensure that the business’ risk exposure is kept to a minimum and is effectively managed throughout the project. 
•    Ensuring that effective change management is applied to projects, balancing flexibility to changing customer requirements with the need for robust commercial agreements. 
•    Defining acceptance criteria for contracted deliverables and production of professional handover documentation to ensure timely close-out of milestones and projects as well as technical handover to our operational teams. 
•    Identifying, reviewing and applying lessons learnt as part of continuous improvement for future requirements.
•    Reviewing and presentation of management information including regular finance reviews and Project Boards to ensure effective internal stakeholder management and stringent financial management.
•    Ensuring adherence to Babcock standard project management methodology, APM and best practice within the project management profession.
•    The regular updating of the Jira tasking programme used by the PCO to ensure that task workflows are appropriately managed and key updates are communicated with customer stakeholders.
•    Supporting and deputising for Senior/Project Managers, as required.  


Who we’re looking for
We are looking for a high calibre Project Controller with demonstrable expertise in the delivery of engineering requirements. Commercially and financially astute with great organisational and planning skills, you will be able to interact confidently with senior leaders and stakeholders, utilising your strong communication skills to build effective relationships. Most importantly, your motivation, drive and passion for managing and delivering successful outcomes will motivate your colleagues and delight our customers.


You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, actively seek out different perspectives and speak up. We’ll need you to collaborate and make a positive impact each day.
•    Experience in the application of Project Management techniques in a relevant technical project environment.
•    Experience in managing a portfolio of projects with competing demands and deadlines.
•    Great financial management to ensure a high level of profitability on projects. 
•    Experience delivering solutions with a diverse team of both internal and external supply chain resources.
•    Experience of working within the Defence and Security sector is highly desirable.
•    Strong commercial awareness and an understanding of contract and commercial management.

Education and Qualifications
•    A bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
•    Must possess (or be willing to gain) recognised project management qualifications or memberships i.e. Member of the Association of Project Managers (MAPM), APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or PRINCE2/Project Management Institute (PMI) or equivalents.
•    Must possess (or be willing to gain) a formal, appropriate Health and Safety Qualification. For example, the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualification.
•    Must possess (or be willing to gain) an adequate knowledge of Construction (Design and Management) 2015 Regulations.

Skills and attributes
•    Project Management expertise – especially in requirements capture, risk and financial management. 
•    Relationship management – building effective working relationships with key customers, internal stakeholders and suppliers where appropriate.
•    Teamwork – must be a strong team player, offering support to colleagues at all levels of the business with a willingness to share skills and knowledge. 
•    Business acumen and consultative selling skills – seen by customer as a trusted advisor rather than sales person.
•    Technical – a background in, or a general understanding of, mechanical, electrical, data and minor construction disciplines would be advantageous, but not essential.

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
•    The successful candidate must possess (or be willing to gain) enhanced Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance for this position. Candidates must hold a British passport to be eligible for this level of clearance.
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.
•    Your safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us and health and safety is an integral part of our business. We operate in a high-risk environment; therefore we are looking for people who share our understanding and respect for health and safety for ourselves and each other to ensure that everyone goes home safe every day.
•    UK and overseas travel will be required as part of this role.


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.


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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.  




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