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Principal Capacity Planner


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ Swindon, GB, SN13 9NR

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:               Principal Capacity Planner
Location:               Bristol or Chippenham + Hybrid Working Arrangement
Compensation:     Competitive Salary + Benefits
Role Type:            Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:                SF56018


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Principal Capacity Planner at our Bristol or Corsham sites.


The role
As a Principal Capacity Planner, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. This is a critical role in supporting the contract to manage and operate Skynet, the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) military satellite communications system. The six-year Skynet Service Delivery Wrap (SDW) contract will encompass the operation of the UK’s constellation of military satellites and ground stations, including the integration of terminals into the MOD network, ensuring they are integrated and supported.


Day to day, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the planning for frequency, bandwidth and link budget are carried out correctly by the Network Planners and that all agreed operational policies, processes, and procedures are adhered to, including but not limited to:


  • Spacecraft Payload Configuration to support customer requirements.
  • BFN/Zone to Transponder connectivity.
  • Zone steering
  • Transponder gain setting.
  • UHF Frequency changes 
  • QoS Monitor changes.
  • UHF Monitoring Request
  • MAGIC Ops


This role is full-time, permanent, 37-hours per week, with a hybrid working arrangemet of two to three days working on site at either our Ashton House facility in Bristol or MOD Corsham near Chippenham.

Essential experience of the Principal Capacity Planner:

  • Experience in capacity planning in Skynet systems

Qualifications for the Principal Capacity Planner:

  • We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience and willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you.

The successful candidate must be able to achieve SC security clearance for this role.


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock International have helped to defend nations, protect communities, and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 


If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Closing date: 16/02/2024



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