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Commercial Director

Country/Region:  CA
City:  Ottawa





Commercial Director (Permanent)

Ottawa, ON 



Underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, asset management, and specialist training, Babcock International works with customers around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.


In Canada, Babcock works in the Marine sector, where our teams provide critical and complex support to Canada’s submarine fleet. Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy. We also operate in the Aviation sector, where Babcock ensures that the aircrew trainees of our partner nations receive the world’s best flying training. We deliver vital aerial emergency services and are proud to have been selected by the Government of Manitoba to deliver their wildfire suppression services, as well as key components of their critical air ambulance services. As well, we have expanded into the Canadian Nuclear Energy Industry. Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company with a growing national and global presence. Drawing on over 60 years of nuclear experience, Cavendish Nuclear provides specialized service solutions in Canada, with global capabilities across the entire nuclear life cycle.

Whether it is providing technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining critical training assets, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class training solutions.

Our business relies on our people delivering their best day in and day out. As individuals, we all make a difference to our colleagues, our customers and others who we interact with on a daily basis. Collectively at Babcock, our employees embody the ‘Being Babcock’ principles that help make us great at what we do:


  • Always strive to deliver
  • Build great relationships based on trust
  • Safeguard customers’ reputations
  • Never compromise on health and safety
  • Challenge ourselves and each other
  • Respect people and value their diversity
  • Thrive on complexity
  • Trust our people to deliver


We encourage you to explore our Babcock Canada website to learn more about us at


In this role, you will:

  • Contribute to the overall strategy, direction and performance of the Babcock Canada
  • Lead the Commercial function and its staff across all the activities and businesses in the Defence and Aerospace Sector supporting a culture of collaborative behaviours, development and delivery on commitments
  • Lead the development of customer relationship strategies and establish and develop long-term sustainable relationships/partnerships with new and existing customers
  • Interface with senior stakeholders in customer organisations to achieve collaborative working relationships while driving appropriate value for Babcock
  • Protect and develop contractual commercial viability and optimise the commercial position of Babcock, including contract negotiation
  • Ensure commercial risks and issues are effectively managed across the company
  • Support the business development functions in growing the business in line with strategic plans
  • Work collaboratively with other areas of Babcock and other International Commercial Directors to ensure commercial and customer strategies are aligned and deliver the best outcome for Babcock, including by sharing resource where appropriate
  • Work closely with Procurement and Supply Chain colleagues to meet the business need, including leading the structuring and risk management of commercial solutions to customer’s needs (subcontracts, partnering etc.)
  • Lead material negotiations on behalf of the Babcock as appropriate
  • Delegate authority for approvals within the Country delegations, and accountable for ensuring  Babcock approvals are in line delegations
  • Contribute and lead commercial component of business projects and growth pursuits
  • Provide support to the development of strategies and models in support of major initiatives within the business plan to align to company values, visions and business objectives
  • Line Management responsibility to the VP Corporate Development
  • Professionally accountable to the Chief Financial Officer
  • Provide support to the development of acquisition opportunities
  • Travel as required to support the needs of the Business including UK, Halifax, Winnipeg and Victoria


The ideal candidate brings:


  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in Commercial Contract, Legal or a related field
  • Business or legal degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • Significant senior commercial experience in a large, complex organisation
  • Experience in contract management and development within a major Defence or Aerospace contracting environment
  • Detailed knowledge of Government procurement practices and arrangements and experience of interfacing at a senior level with government
  • Experience of developing and maintaining long-term relationships with public and private sector customers
  • Experience of managing relationships with senior stakeholders in customer organisations
  • Ability to work well with a small team as well as the wider Commercial functions within the Babcock International Group
  • Ability to inspire and motivate people to drive the business forward and achieve the business goals
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Excellent Negotiation skills
  • Excellent project management and time management skills
  • Well organised and able to work to tight deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills
  • Good communication / people skills
  • Excellent presentation skills / ability to influence the business case internally as required
  • Knowledge of Canadian legal framework, SACC conditions and government contracting
  • Understanding of the federal governments Industrial and Technological Benefits framework
  • ITAR and Trade control knowledge essential
  • You are eligible for a Canadian Secret Security and ITAR Clearance


Applicants, please apply online at


Babcock Canada supports the safety and wellbeing of our employees through the following programs:

  • Contributions towards an employee’s physical and mental health
  • Wellness days
  • Supportive work life balance: flexible work schedule and competitive annual vacation time off
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave top-up available
  • Employer matching of employee retirement contribution
  • Employee recognition and bonus programs
  • Support of professional development and reimbursement of membership dues
  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families


Babcock is committed to promoting a workforce without boundaries. One that welcomes everyone to contribute to our success regardless of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or age. If you require accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you.

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