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Project Manager (International Technical Support)

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Job Title: Project Manager (International Technical Support)

Location: Flexible on location with occasional travel to Bristol

Role Type: Full-time, Permanent

Job ID: SF44862


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


Make a real impact, immediately

Within the International Submarines & Support focus area, Babcock Mission Systems has existing and long-standing contracts for the supply of Through Life Support (TLS) services for Weapons Handling and Launch System (WHLS) and Submerged Signal Ejectors (SSE) on both the Canadian Victoria class submarines and the Australia Collins class submarines.  In addition to the Canadian and Australian customers we also have products entering service on both the Spanish S80 class submarines and the South Korean Jangbogo-III class submarines opening up significant opportunity for expansion of our existing international TLS business into these markets.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for the delivery of technical support across all of our international WHLS TLS customers including organic growth and support to exploitation of new market opportunities. 

The successful candidate will report to the International Technical Support Delivery Lead and also join the International Submarines & Support Focus Area Team which provides new build hardware and TLS for a range of international customers.  They will join a technical support team comprising of fifteen engineers and two project people at a time where we are conducting initial planning for our next multi-million-pound, multi-year project.

The International Submarines & Support focus area has a healthy, long-term order-book and sits 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 difference our new Project Manager will make

Reporting to the International Technical Support Delivery Lead, responsibilities are as follows: -

  • The successful delivery of technical support for our submarine products to a range of international customers within agreed timescales and budgets and to the specified quality.
  • The realisation of organic growth opportunities with existing customers and support to the development of new market opportunities.
  • Growth and development of the team, the processes, and the use of tools to meet the demands of existing and new customers and to maximise efficiency.
  • Build and maintain constructive working relationships both within Babcock and with key customer points of contact.
  • The timely and accurate reporting of management information both within the business and to the customers.
  • Owning the development of the Tech Support Schedule to improve the effective management of available resources and efficient invoicing and reporting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supporting appropriate levels of governance and assurance (as per the Business Management System) are being applied.
  • Supporting on internal reporting of management information to support governance requirements.


Who we’re looking for

We are looking for an effective Project Manager with demonstrable 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. Most importantly, your motivation, drive and passion for managing and delivering successful programme outcomes will win the hearts and minds of customers and colleagues alike.


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. You own and deliver all aspects of your role, delivering significant impact to the business and your colleagues.



  • 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 and resource management.
  • Experience in business winning activity, ideally 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
  • Organisation - proactive planning and prioritisation
  • 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
  • Open, honest approach
  • Pro-active and self-motivated
  • Good influencing and decision-making skills


Education and qualifications

  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or equivalent.
  • Project Risk Management Course is advantageous.
  • Qualification in Management and Leadership (such as ILM) is advantageous.


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


 In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within Babcock. Regular exposure to the Babcock senior management team.
  • Autonomy to perform the role
  • The opportunity to deliver a complex project to support the defence of the UK and our allies. 
  • 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
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support, and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments


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. 


Application Guidance

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

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