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Project Controls & Cost Lead

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol


Make a real impact, immediately
We’re looking for someone curious, with an attention to detail, determined and eager to make an impact in this new and exciting role.
Our projects are growing, and we need someone who will deliver, but also grow and develop their career with Babcock.


The difference our new Project Controls Lead & Cost Controller will make
Babcock Defence Systems Technology (DST) is growing.  We are also transforming our Project Delivery teams and we are looking for a Project Controls lead  to lead the Project and Cost Controls team responsible for a number of high-profile Defence projects that make the World a safer place. We are also welcoming  applications from project cost controllers for this role to be a part of this exciting team.
You will play a key role within a Project Delivery Leadership Team, working alongside the best Engineering, Quality, Build and Supply Chain professionals.

You will be accountable for providing:
Visibility of a clear time, cost and quality baseline to the delivery leads and wider business (where needed). Visibility of progress, performance, risk & opportunity impact against agreed time, cost and quality baseline for use by the delivery leads and wider business (where needed). Adherence to all agreed Project Controls related management plans and processes

Your responsibilities will include:
Managing / leading the day-to-day project control activities relating to the contracted scope. Ensuring the application of project controls aligns to agreed contract requirements, management plans and the Babcock Business Management System. Establishing and owning both schedule and cost baselines and ongoing governance control. Ensuring that schedule forecasts and cost EACs within P6 / IFS are kept up-to-date using team inputs, PO and / or Shop order information. Challenging and protecting any cost or schedule forecast changes that reduce float / contingency or exceed the baseline. Ensuring that agreed KPI's and earned value methods are utilised and reported against so as to present a view of true delivery performance


Ensuring that the resourcing requirements of the Project Controls Delivery Team is met and contains SQEP individuals. Arranging for Customer reporting outputs as required by the contract which relate to the delivery team scope of work. Ensuring that IFS best practice is understood and implemented by the project controls team. Ownership of the quantitative risk analysis process (cost and / or schedule related). Ownership of the change management process for any proposed changes in the cost / schedule baselines. Supporting the development and maintenance of related management plans
• ensuring that Risk & Opportunity Management is undertaken in-line with the Risk & Opportunity Management Plan. Ensuring that the status and configuration of deliverable scope is aligned to the agreed contract Product Breakdown Structure and maintained throughout delivery. Supporting the delivery team lead with necessary customer engagement


This is a high profile role, with deliveries of highly complex bespoke equipment that must be made on time. Your role will be pivotal to this success.


You will be

  • Someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally – brave, adaptable and respectful.
  • A driven individual who wants to make a positive impact on a daily basis either leading or being part of a high-performance team.



  • A proven cost sontroller or project manager having successfully delivered projects to challenging schedules.
  • Have successfully operated in highly legislated markets, ideally defence.
  • Have operated successfully in matrix organisations, negotiating resource and prioritising tasks.
  • Developed and improved processes and systems that support continuously improvement of delivery performance and budget adherence.
  • Managed of complex schedules extending over multiple years
  • Managed risks and opportunities utilising SRA and systems such as P6.


Skills and attributes

  • A clear and effective communicator
  • A manager and developer of direct and virtual teams achieving high-performance 
  • An effective leader through incremental and transformational change.
  • A skilled and effective negotiator, holding others accountable for on-time delivery
  • Able to work independently and as an active team member.
  • Willing to be measured on results, going the extra-mile where required to deliver.


Education and qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Membership of the APM (or willing to join)
  • Project management qualification

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:

  • 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

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