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Head of Project Management

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Amplify your impact


This is a great opportunity to make an immediate impact by leading our Project Management and Controls Discipline, supporting delivery, improvement and growth across Mission Systems by integrating and optimising operational planning, process, assurance and governance.


The difference our new Head of Project Management will make


For this significant leadership role, reporting directly to the Managing Director of Mission Systems, we are seeking a Head of Project Management and Controls to lead the Discipline. This includes, but is not limited to governance, integrated resource planning, best practice implementation, career development of professional Project Managers and Project Controllers, tools and process optimisation, as well as acting as a key individual in our Matrix Leadership Team.


Key responsibilities will include:


  • Establishing a community with a positive culture, whereby everyone lives by the Babcock principles.
  • Leading the Discipline within Babcock Mission Systems.
  • Generating and leading a pipeline of suitably qualified and experienced people at all levels of Project Management and Project Controls for Mission Systems.
  • Ensuring that Group PM policies are rolled out within Mission Systems by collaborating with others from the PM Discipline across the Babcock Group.
  • Embed the Group Project Management BMS framework, tailoring where necessary to enable successful delivery of portfolios, programmes and projects.
  • Carry out independent Assurance and Governance to confirm consistent application of the Group PM framework and provide senior stakeholders feedback, and support on corrective actions, to ensure confidence in delivery.
  • Championing best practice across the PM Discipline, instilling standardisation and common use of frameworks.
  • Collaborating with sub-discipline leads to ensure the supply of PM resource is balanced with the demand from our contracts and pipeline.
  • Collaborating with Discipline Leads to agree resourcing decision prioritisation and solving day-to-day risks and issues.


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.



  • Broad experience of Project Management and Controls techniques, including Agile, planning and scheduling, estimating, risk management, cost forecasting, EVM, SRA.
  • Experienced in establishing a Project Management Discipline within a large organisation.
  • Leadership within a Matrix organisation.
  • Comprehensive experience of delivering Projects and Programmes for large and technically complex equipment/system contracts, preferably for MoD and commercial customers (both UK and international).
  • Significant experience as a Project Contoller / Project Manager / Programme Manager.
  • Experience in managing multiple change projects, including 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 all levels.
  • Domain knowledge in, and experience of, delivering Project and Production output for complex defence assets and systems to UK and International 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) is desirable.


Education and qualifications


  • Degree or equivalent qualification / experience in Project Management or an appropriate production, engineering or management discipline.
  • Holds, or capable of achieving, Chartered Project Professional registration or equivalent.
  • NEBOSH Health and Safety or equivalent (desirable).
  • IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent (desirable).


  • 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 – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life,
    whilst ensuring that business needs are met
  • 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
  • Car allowance
  • Private Healthcare
  • Bonus (Annual Incentive Plan)
  • 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.

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 know:

  • Must already hold or be capable and prepared to undergo SC security clearance.
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


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