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Strategic Portfolio Leader - Communications and Electronic Warfare


Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ Gloucester, GB, GL20 8LZ Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:                     Strategic Portfolio Leader – Communications and Electronic Warfare

Location:                     Bristol OR  Plymouth OR Twekesbury + Hybrid Working Arrangement

Compensation:           Competitive + Benefits 

Role Type:                   Full time / Permanent

Role ID:                       SF53392


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 Strategic Portfolio Leader – Communications and Electronic Warfareat either our Bristol or Ashchurch or Plymouth site.


The role

As a Strategic Portfolio Leader – Communication and Electronic Warfare you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Mission Systems enable our customers to deliver their mission, through our products and solutions, using intelligence and analysis and delivering critical communication services.


Our aim is to be at the centre of our customers' modern digital backbone by connecting and delivering sensors, decision support, and air effectors across military and business domains.


Day to day, you’ll collaborate with the Mission Systems team, contributing to the development and definition of business delivery and growth strategies. 


  • Develop and deliver ‘strategy into action’ plans for the Communication and Electronic Warfare Portfolio, ensuring integration with the Sense + Connect Line of Business strategy and alignment with the broader Mission Systems objectives. 
  • Ensure existing and future contracts within the Strategic Portfolio are delivered successfully to meet customer goals, business objectives and financial targets.
  • Maintain the Military Communications opportunity pipeline, monitoring markets and ensuring new opportunities are identified and prosecuted in-line with strategy and financial targets.
  • Credibly represent Babcock across the scope of the Strategic Portfolio, fostering relationships with customers, stakeholders, and industry partners, as required to deliver the strategy. 
  • Understand customer and other stakeholder needs and goals, defining and implementing management strategies and communication plans that build trust and support collaborative working.


Essential experience of the Strategic Portfolio Leader – Communications and Electronic Warfare

  • Relevant experience and subject matter expertise within the Communications and Electronic Warfare domain.
  • Experience of successfully delivering and growing businesses and managing senior customer stakeholders. 
  • A strategic thinker, with an ambitious outlook, with extensive experience in successful delivery of complex programmes and portfolios, business development and bid winning as well as leading operations.
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the needs of internal stakeholders, and to contribute to the development of sound, effective and efficient solutions.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with senior stakeholders, across borders
  • The ability to lead diverse functional teams, demonstrating strong operational and line management capability and the ability to motivate and develop high performing teams.


This is a full-time, permanent position with 3 days a week on-site in either Bristol or Gloucester or Plymouth with working from home options.


Qualifications for the Strategic Portfolio Leader – Communications and Electronic Warfare

  • Education, or equivalent experience, to degree level within a relevant subject.
  • Holds, or capable of achieving Chartered status within a relevant professional body 
  • The successful candidate must be able to achieve Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance for this role.


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity


Babcock International

For over 130 years Babcock International 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.


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.


Closing date:  15/02/2024




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