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Assistant Project Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Assistant Project Manager

Location: Ashton Vale Bristol

Business unit: Mission Systems Bristol

Reference: SF43318


Make a difference with us

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and eager individual to support our Dreadnought Weapon Handling and Launch Systems project as an Assistant Project Manager. The Dreadnought programme is an exciting project that will deliver the new generation of submarines to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent, it is the largest programme in Defence with a budget of £34 million.

This is a production-based role and as an Assistant Project Manager, you will support the delivery of Dreadnought Class Weapon Stowage Equipment Modules within the Launch and Handling capability team. You will deliver key project management functions in support of the overall project delivery, including schedule, financial and risk functions.


The difference you will make

You will be responsible for a work package (which can range from a few hundred thousand to £5 million) documenting the scope, schedule, resource requirements, budget, risks, opportunities, issues, quality and HSE requirements for aspects of the project. Monitor the planning and control of work packages being delivered by other internal and external resources. 

  • Maintain project cost and time estimates. Ensure regular reviews are undertaken with each discipline to ensure they are accurate. Forecast and monitor project against budgets. Provide under supervision the resource and financial forecast data from the project into the business 
  • Undertake aspects of stakeholder management and communication, and support development of stakeholder management plans. Support review meetings for specific aspects of the projects, working with stakeholders to plan, monitor and control project functions.
  • Under supervision, manage the risk process including identification, assessment and planning and implementation of risks, opportunities, and issues. Under supervision develop, maintain, and plan quality (i.e., Scope, requirements, and acceptance criteria) aspects for specific project outputs including task orders, supply demand and project documentation.
  • Apply the Business Management System (BMS) appropriately for the project and produce and communicate project reporting data on Enterprise resource Planning (ERP) systems. 
  • Develops tasking orders to secure the provision of internal and external resources and manages their delivery 


Skills and attributes

  • You’ll be experienced with working on projects, ideally from the defence sector and wanting to develop project management skills.
  • You’ll have knowledge of Microsoft Project (MS) or Primavera 6 (P6).
  • Excellent communicator

Education and qualifications

  • You’ll hold/ in the process of/ willing to obtain a Project Management Qualification (PMQ) by APM. Similar alternatives are suitable.
  • A degree in engineering, project/construction management is beneficial but not essential.

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

  • 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
  • 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


What else do I need to know?

  • This role is based in Ashton Vale Road in Bristol. This is an onsite role with some flexibility to work from home on occasion. Occasional need to travel to visit key suppliers is possible, but these are expected to be limited to the UK
  • You must have the legal right to work in the UK and be able to pass security clearance, including 3 years of reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage. 
  • 37-hour week, Monday to Friday. Friday lunch time finish.


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.


About Babcock International

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, 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 the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure, and specialist training.


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Application Guidance: 

All applications should be made online.


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.


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