Project Leader (Senior Project Manager)

Posting Date: 31 July 2020

Location: Bristol, Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Company: Babcock

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Babcock Defence Systems Technology (DST) is growing and we need you to lead the delivery of one of our key international projects.


The difference our new Senior Project Manager will make.


The Senior Project Manager is to lead the project that is currently in the early design phase. We need you to lead this complex design project with support from a team of technical and non-technical members. In this role, you will be a key leader in DST, part of the Marine Sector of Babcock International. As part of this role, you will be responsible for successfully delivering the project to time, cost and quality including:


• Leading an integrated delivery team to achieve project objectives. Ensuring detailed, integrated schedules are planned, resourced, monitored and controlled.
• Delivery of the launch system design, ensuring that documentation deliverables to the customer are achieved on time, to budget and to the required quality.
• Identification and strategizing of production and procurement decisions – ensuring protection of Babcock’s commercial interests throughout.
• Negotiating solutions with customer and other stakeholders to ensure project success.
• Provide timely and accurate data to support internal and external reports.
• Developing clear scope from project requirements and formally agreeing that scope, schedule and budget with the project stakeholders.
• Tracking actual spend and progress against expected value earnt across all work packages.
• Ensuring accurate and realistic monthly Estimates to Complete (ETCs) are maintained and reported.
• Ensure production and supply chain activities are initiated in a timely fashion and are enable accurate demand of resources whilst enabling thorough ability to monitor and control throughout delivery.
• Ensure rigorous governance of project delivery through formal stage gates and reviews.
• Manage and control changes to requirements, scope, schedule and cost.
• Ensure risks, opportunities and issues are managed accordingly and regularly.
• Ensure accurate record of contractual obligations is maintained and communicated to delivery team.


Who we’re looking for.


You’re someone who brings big ideas and solves complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, actively seek out different perspectives and speak up.




• Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of delivering complex projects to clients to strict time and cost constraints.


Skills and attributes


• Excellent listening and communication skills, with the ability to relate to, influence and coach Directors and Senior Leaders across the organisation.
• A self-starter, who is performance and delivery driven - with a desire to make significant contribution/impact. Is able to work independently, and as an active, collaborative team member.
• A critical thinker - who can understand complex issues (balancing the detail and the big picture), using insight/data (evidence) and their judgement to make good decisions and have a positive impact.
• An inclusive leader who has a passion for creating a great people experience and enabling a diverse and high performing culture. Someone who will delegate and hold people accountable appropriately, as well as to support, guide and coach.
• A catalyst, who has experienced organisation growth/transformation and is happy to challenge the status quo, be resilient when the going gets tough, and can take people with them to achieve an outcome.


Education and qualifications


A bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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.
• Opportunities to develop and progress as the business grows.
• Flexible working – the chance to flex your working location, including some home working


As well as:


• 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 Plan;
• 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:


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, Leicester, 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:


• The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role.
• We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Application Guidance


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.
All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account., then you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties, please click here. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.
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.


Armed Forces Covenant


We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Babcock International Group

For more than a century, Babcock 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 four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning
and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training. 



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