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Strategic Weapons Systems (SWS) Specialist

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Strategic Weapons Systems (SWS) Specialist
Location: Stoke Gifford, Bristol, GB, BS34 8TT

Starting Salary: £44,205
Overall Department Direction

Here at Babcock International we’re looking to recruit a senior specialist in SWS at Senior Project Engineer/ Project Manager Level.


The role will be a deployed role advising our client and providing some strategic programme management support and technical SWS strategic advice. You must have a background in SWS systems and/or strategic understanding of the submarine and nuclear deterrent enterprise. Candidates with a strong defence submarine background with the ability to quickly learn SWS aspects may be considered. 

Babcock Naval Nuclear (BNN) provides the maintenance support to the UK submarine fleet. The Babcock Submarine Support Engineering (SSE) business, part of BNN, in which this role resides is Babcock’s customer facing team deployed and supporting the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The vision and primary purpose of the SDA is to lead a high-performing, industrial enterprise to deliver the United Kingdom’s submarine capability safely and securely, and more effectively and cost-efficiently every year.

Part of our commitment to the customer is providing embedded team members of specialist planning support to the SDA’s Chief Strategic Systems Executive (CSSE) within Abbey Wood, Bristol. CSSE is responsible for in-service submarines, including ensuring delivery of the ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in support of an enduring basis to maintain a UK nuclear deterrence.

Your role is a permanent, full time role working in a small Babcock team deployed in the direct operational line management of the SDA client’s Project Management Office. This role is an important customer facing role where you will be expected to work to the upmost professional standards with our customer and work as part of the Deployed Babcock team to continue to delivery significant expert value to the client.

Although post Covid the opportunity to work flexibly at home is available, the requirements for special secure software and IT infrastructure requires the individual to be able to work in the North Bristol area as required. You should have or be willing to gain SC clearance.

Main Purpose of Role:
You'll require a balance between strong project management skills and submarine engineering experience. The role provides an excellent development opportunity that will broaden your skills and experience across the full range of submarine enterprise operations. This includes strategic, operational and in depth engineering management.
You will provide individual project management oversight of some of the most significant and technically complex engineering activities in the submarine domain including:


• Provide specialist in-service support and advice to CSSE through inputting data and conducting analysis in MS Excel and Primavera P6.
• Conduct programme analysis across the Portfolio.
• Support risk analysis and to progress risk characterisation studies.
• Apply engineering and project management domain knowledge towards producing technical solutions for delivery of products and services.
• Contribute to process improvements within the concept, assessment, design and operational lifecycles of submarines and their supporting programmes and projects.
You will also be supported with career planning to ensure you can move and develop outside of this role back into the wider Babcock business or potential promote to lead the deployed team.

For the right high calibre candidate, there may be opportunity to develop some of the skills in-role.


What do I need to do the role?
You’ll need an engineering based degree/qualification, either with holding CEng (chartered engineer) or be working towards holding this, and/or engineering based Project Management and Programme Delivery experience, excellent customer relationship building/client understanding and ideally a Submarine background.


What else do I need to know?
•    The successful candidate will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


About Babcock International 
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, 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 the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.


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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.
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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 visit our website.


Closing date: 11/10/2021



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