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Assistant Commercial Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Make a real impact, immediately

We’re looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to become our next Assistant Commercial Manager.
Help us grow and take our business to new places – we need pioneers!

Babcock is on the hunt for a driven Assistant Commercial Manager to work with us to build our business, and their career. We are looking for ambitious, energetic, and value-driven people who are able to find a way to make things work – to test, learn, and adapt. Our customers are at the centre of all we do, so we are looking for people who can help us and our customers work together to accelerate their business.

The position can be based out of Bristol, Portsmouth or Warrington, with a requirement to travel to Bristol when required.


The difference the Assistant Commercial Manager will make

The successful individual will be working in a small but highly effective team where the highest of standards will be expected from both a commercial and behavioural perspective.

We expect a lot, but we will give a lot back to you, and invest in your growth. We are looking for someone who wants to collaborate with us on this challenging and rewarding journey.

We are undergoing a transformation, and we are seeking to grow the business and break into new markets.

We are looking to expand both domestically and internationally, bringing experience of this to the role will have real impact to achieving our goals.
Protecting Intellectual Property is key. Being able to broker the deal that protects or generates IP is central to our growth plans.

To win new work and grow we need to constantly evolve and adapt our strategy. We will look to you and your experience to drive innovative approaches to our commercial positions, pricing, terms and conditions, and risk.


Who we’re looking for

This role requires someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally.
We’re looking for someone who’ll bring big ideas and solve complex problems with simple and elegant solutions.
People who navigate change easily, are curious about what the future holds and always seek to learn new skills will thrive in this role.



Leading and inspiring people at all levels
Working in a complex commercial environment, with experience of working within large, complex projects / programmes.
A balance of public and commercial sector experience in a customer-facing role.
Knowledge of ITAR and export regulations.
Full project / programme life-cycle, with a particular emphasis on winning business.


Skills and attributes

Self-driven, well-organised and able to test, learn, adapt and transform.
A strong negotiator and communicator.
Understands risk and actively employs a risk-based approach.
A great people manager who understands what it takes to manage, and to lead.



Adept at solving difficult questions simply and swiftly.
Build great relationships with the team, our people and our customers.
Depth and breadth of understanding the key public and commercial contracting mechanisms.
Able to demonstrate a grasp of the detail while mindful of the strategic.


Education and qualifications

Ideally degree qualified (or equivalent) in Engineering, Business, Law or similar.
If you have professional qualifications that make you stand out or bring something new to the role then tell us what they are and the benefit it will bring to your performance.


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 Plan;
• 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:

Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission.  Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,500 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.
A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Other need to knows:

• Location: Bristol, Portsmouth or Warrington.
• The successful candidate 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.

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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.

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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..




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