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Deputy SSBN PAG Chair


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  OnSite

Deputy SSBN PAG Chair
Business Unit: Submarines
Devonport, Plymouth


About the role 


The SSBN Procedure Authorisation Group is part of the 9 Dock Plant Management Group within the Nuclear Operations Directorate. As the deputy SSBN PAG Chair you will be a Duly Appointed Person and will be critical to the delivery of arrangements intended to ensure compliance with Site Licence Conditions. As a consequence of the role demanding a high level of suitable nuclear qualifications and experience and therefore suitable candidates should have a background predominantly in Nuclear Steam Raising Plant (NSRP) management, operations and maintenance.


They must act with integrity at all times and have a proven record of good leadership and management skills within a safety focused environment. They must work well with both internal and external stakeholders, with good communication skills and a questioning attitude.


The right candidate will have a thorough understanding of the ALARP principle and be able to demonstrate how it is applied to Submarine refitting.  As a deputy PAG Chair they must demonstrate a positive Safety culture, via an appropriate questioning attitude to the safety, health and environmental aspects of work activities (either existing in the work environment or created by work processes).


They will need to establish habits of excellence for all personnel involved in the production and execution of Nuclear Procedures through employee engagement and development. 


They must have an understanding of the production and implementation of Plant Safety Cases including the change request process.


In order to meet the challenges of the future it is essential that the right candidate is pro-active and forward thinking and that they can identify and implement enhancements to business processes in order to deliver improvements.


The role requires that individuals make themselves available out of working hours to manage set piece major trials, to respond to Coordinators queries as issues arise and provide professional/technical advice or support as necessary.  


This may require a defined level of out of hours coverage, including weekends, response to phone calls out of hours and as the situation requires attendance on site.


What do I need to do the role?


To be successful in role, you will need to have prior knowledge of the refitting of nuclear submarines, knowledge of safety case development and implementation on a nuclear site. You will need to have:


Academic Qualifications
•    Suitable degree in Engineering or Science 
•    Level 5, Foundation Degree or HND in Engineering or Science (with significant experience as detailed below)


Professional Qualifications

•    Dockyard Nuclear Systems Course (or CAT A1/A2 qualification)
•    Nuclear Warship Support Course or STS modules 1 – 4 (or CAT A1/A2 qualification)


•    NSRP Experience – Maintenance, operation and management of NSRP systems (For example Royal Navy Cat A1/A2 qualification or RTG/DTO experience).


•    Good Leadership and Management skills 
•    Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills
•    Understanding of the principle of ALARP 
•    Works well with both internal and external stakeholders
•    Understanding of the production and implementation of Plant Safety Cases


Vocational Courses

•    Submarine Quality Assurance Course
•    DAP/ASQEP Course


Professional Qualifications

•    Incorporated Engineer

A working knowledge of the use of MS Office Suite including (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access and MS Outlook), MS Viso and AutoCAD 2012 would be an advantage.


This position is within the Submarines business unit as a PC with DRDL Terms and Conditions.

Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, occupational health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.



This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England. Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Company Information


This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.

Babcock International Group is committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 

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 two week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. 

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Business Area - Devonport

Babcock International Group owns and operates the main refit, maintenance and workshop area of the 330 acre naval site at Devonport, known as Devonport Royal Dockyard, where it employs thousands of people. The remainder of the site at Devonport is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is known as Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport – one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.

Babcock and the Ministry of Defence work in partnership to operate and maintain this co-located site by providing through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment.

Babcock has a large design and technology capability providing a wide range of support activities including feasibility and project definition studies, detail design and draughting, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.


Application Guidance

If you are currently employed by Babcock/Cavendish Nuclear please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy. You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.


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.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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 we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.



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