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Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:         Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader
Location:         Bristol or Plymouth, UK – Hybrid – working from home options available 
Compensation:     Competitive + benefits
Role Type:         Full time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF 49462

You’re the key


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 Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader at our Bristol or Plymouth site 
As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers’ defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility


Mission Systems 


The Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader role is based within our Mission Systems business area


Babcock is a trusted provider of integrated solutions for global defence and security. We have a wide portfolio of best-in-class intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, communications, and weapons launch and handling solutions across all domains, integrating the best of industry to meet our customers’ needs.


The role


The difference our new Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader will make
As a Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio Leader, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. The purpose of the role is to deliver and grow the Surface and Air Effectors Strategic Portfolio area of the Mission Systems value stream.


Day to day, you’ll ensure the profitable delivery of contracts and nurture relationships with customers and stakeholders and partners to grow the Line of Business. You’ll develop and deliver the ‘strategy into action plan’ for the Strategic Portfolio in line with the agreed Mission Systems value stream strategy. 


Your duties will include co-creating and delivering on ambitious engagement plans, which put people at the heart of what we do. Also identifying and prosecuting new opportunities in accordance with the strategy to grow the Strategic Portfolio in line with financial targets, developing compelling business cases to secure any required funding and investment. 


At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you’ll continually develop your knowledge and expertise. 


We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides hybrid working arrangements with a mix of days in the office and days at home, dependent upon business need. 


Essential experience


  • We are looking for someone who is a leader first. Someone with good technical competence but the ability to lead and develop a high performing team and build relationships that will grow the pipeline of work and delight our customers.  
  • Significant relevant experience and subject matter expertise within a large, complex, global organisation.
  • Experience of successfully delivering and growing businesses and managing senior customer stakeholders. 
  • The ability to lead diverse functional teams, demonstrating strong operational and line management capability and the ability to motivate and develop high performing teams.
  • The ability to develop talent and appropriate succession plans to meet our future requirements across Babcock (not just within the Mission Systems Sector).

What we offer


Generous benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave 
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Big Benefit Platform allows you to make your money go further, with discounts from over 850 retailers.
  • Employee Share Plan
  • Professional memberships, personal development training an opportunities
  • STEM ambassador training and volunteering opportunities
  • Working from home and flexible work patterns 
  • Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing 
  • Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
  • Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best


Babcock International 


For over 130 years, we 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. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.


Armed Forces Covenant


We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.
Application Guidance


All applications should be made online. 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.




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