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Deputy HR Director - 1 Year FTC


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:               Deputy HR Director 
Location:               Plymouth, UK – Hybrid - Working from home options available
Compensation:     Competitive salary & benefits package on offer
Role Type:             Full time / 1 Year Fixed Term
Role ID:                 SF48756

Inspire change

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 Deputy HR Director at our Devonport 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


Babcock International and Devonport 

The Deputy HR Director is based within our Devonport Royal Dockyard business area.


Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.


Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.


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.

The role

The difference our new Deputy HR Director will make


As a Deputy HR Director you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. 


This could be a once in a career opportunity to work at a very large site and deal with complex people matters to achieve the best business outcomes.


Day to day, you’ll lead the HR Business Partner team, setting performance targets, coaching and developing team members and providing high quality HR support to the business. You will build strong relationships with all parts of the HR function, but notably Subject Matter Experts and People Centre, ensuring a well-developed mutual understanding of requirements and constraints which supports the joined-up delivery of HR strategy.


You will play a key role in shaping and driving our people agenda throughout 2023 and beyond, whilst being a visible role model for our Babcock Purpose & Principles and leading on strategic and complex HR matters. 


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 a hybrid working arrangement with a weekly presence on-site at Devonport Dockyard site.


Essential experience

  • Experience working as part of a leadership team at senior level coupled with the effective management of HR teams, testing and challenging the status quo 
  • Experience of leading an HR conversation across a large, diverse and complex organisation, business unit or division, delivering all aspects of partnering. 
  • Be a natural communicator and adept at influencing, forging relationships across the site and function to allow meaningful and effective collaboration. 
  • Proven knowledge of Employment Law theory and implementation, HR practices, combined with experience in change management. 
  • Evidence of leading Employee and Industrial Relations success.

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
•    Employee share scheme – save tax and national insurance on shares, with 1 free share per 10 purchased
•    Employee shopping savings portal
•    Employment development allowance - £125 per year
•    Payment of Professional Fees
•    Reward and Recognition Scheme linked to Health and Safety
•    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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