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Senior Project Manager (JB-III)

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Job Title: Senior Project Manager (JB-III)

Location: Flexible on location with occasional travel to Bristol

Role Type: Full-time, Permanent

Job ID: SF44003


Make a real impact
Babcock Mission Systems is looking for a dynamic and ambitious leader with strong experience and a proven track record in project delivery and project controls.  

You will take accountability for the delivery of Weapons Handling and Launch System (WHLS) hardware for the South Korean Jangbogo-III (JB-III) Attack Class Submarines and concurrently support the transition from build to In-Service Support (ISS) for early boat sets.  You will also join the International Submarines & Support Focus Area Leadership Team from which we provide new build hardware and ISS for a range of international customers.

This role is on a large build programme of strategic business importance with a healthy, long-term order-book and within a growing business that is consistently achieving double digit annual growth by protecting existing interests, adapting to a changing defence landscape and growing into new markets by embracing new technology.

The Project
The JB-III Project covers the design, manufacture, and support for installation of the WHLS for the JB-III class of submarine that is operated by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The JB-III class is expected to comprise a total of 9 boats in three batches of 3.

Babcock is currently contracted to supply the WHLS for Batch-I Boats 1 to 3 and Batch-II Boats 4 and 5. Boat 1 successfully entered service with RoKN in August 2021, with subsequent boats scheduled to follow at a “drum beat” of approx. 18 months to 2 years. The current contract obligations expire at end Dec 2031. The current centres of activity are the completion of Setting to Work for Boats 2 and 3 and the supply of WHLS hardware for Boats 4 and 5. Babcock has recently received a Request for Quote for Batch-II Boat 6 and is expected to agree this next contract by the end of 2022.

With the first boat now in service new opportunities are opening up for Babcock to provide enduring ISS to the JB-III class.  The success of the JBIII Project has led to the establishment of Babcock Korea Ltd, which aspires to support this platform through life and expand into supporting other defence projects in Korea.  Initially WHLS ISS will, however, need to be managed predominantly from the UK offering a new challenge for the JB-III Delivery Team and the wider International Submarines and Support team to embrace.

The JBIII Project has acquired an enviable reputation for meeting all of its contract milestones on time and within budget. This has only been possible through the excellent teamwork and relationships that have been fostered within Babcock and across the supply chain.

The difference our new Delivery Team Lead will make
Reporting to the International Submarines and Support Focus Area Lead, accountability and responsibilities are as follows:-
•    Overall accountability for the successful delivery of WHLS hardware and associated documentation to the customer within agreed timescales and budgets and to the specified quality.
•    Customer account management for existing and future WHLS build contracts and WHLS ISS contracts in collaboration with ISS specialist teams.
•    Management of the future business opportunities pipeline relating to JB-III WHLS build and ISS including associated business winning activity.
•    Overall accountability for timely and accurate reporting of management information both within the business and to the customer.
•    Leadership of the JB-III Delivery Team including setting of objectives and performance targets, support and coaching and holding individuals to account for their respective responsibilities and performance. 
•    Ensuring that the delivery team understand overall cost / time / quality requirements and remain co-ordinated in their approach to delivering the overall contracted scope of work.
•    Working with the Supply Chain and Commercial teams to solicit and negotiate supplier pricing and establish effective supply contract.
•    Ensuring that contract variations are reviewed and actioned appropriately.
•    Identification and exploitation of cost / time out opportunities that improve delivery performance.
•    Ensuring that appropriate project controls are effectively utilised to manage schedule, cost, scope and risk information.
•    Ensuring appropriate levels of governance and assurance (as per the Business Management System) are being applied.
•    Leading on internal reporting of management information to support governance requirements.
•    Timely escalation of relevant issues to the Focus Area Lead.

Who we’re looking for:
You will demonstrate expertise in the delivery of high integrity engineered products. Commercially and financially astute and with well-honed organisational and planning skills, you will be accustomed to frequent interaction with senior leaders and key stakeholders, utilising your strong communication, relationship building and team playing capability.

You’re someone who brings big ideas and solves complex problems with simple and elegant solutions.  You’re able to drive programme change and be adaptable in new environments.  You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, actively seek out different perspectives and are not afraid to speak up. 

Education and qualifications 
Educated to degree level in an applicable and transferrable discipline - or equivalent.
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) – or equivalent. 

•    Considerable project management experience in a setting of comparable complexity and requiring a similar set of transferrable skills.
•    A robust background in project controls, project governance, the management of manufacturing scopes of work and experience in complex engineering procurement.
•    Experience in business winning activity including pipeline management, pricing, internal governance procedures, bidding / proposal development.
•    Used to frequent interaction with senior leaders and key stakeholders


Skills and Attributes
•    Leadership – motivate, inspire and lead teams in a competitive business environment
•    Commercially and financially astute, with a challenging mind-set 
•    Excellent interpersonal skills – communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels and with external bodies
•    Outstanding communication, presentation and relationship building capability 
•    Results focused
•    Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
•    Strong negotiation skills
•    Organising and Planning – prioritise workload and work independently
•    Adaptability – maintain effectiveness with changing environments, tasks, responsibilities or people
•    Problem Analysis – able to identify problems and seek relevant data to resolve them
•    Initiative – actively influence and act on opportunities
•    Resilience – maintain effectiveness in challenging situations
•    Tenacity – ability to remain with a problem until resolved
•    Team player with the gravitas and personality to make things happen 
•    An approachable and inquisitive management style
•    Open, honest approach
•    Pro-active and self-motivated
•    Excellent influencing and decision-making skills


What else do I need to know?

•    All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage. 
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview


Application Guidance
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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. 

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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