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Assistant Head of Design

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title: Assistant Head of Design
Business Unit: Strategic Infrastructure
Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Salary: Competitive


About the role
Here at Babcock International we’re looking for an Assistant Head of Design to play a key role in shaping the design of our major new nuclear and non-nuclear infrastructure upgrades.

HMNB Devonport is one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.

A significant programme of infrastructure investment is required on the Devonport site to meet the needs of the future MOD ship and submarine programmes. A new ‘Major Infrastructure Projects’ (MIP) Business Unit has been established to focus on the significant facility developments. These include the design and build of major new nuclear docking/berthing facilities for Astute Class nuclear submarine deep maintenance periods.

As Assistant Head of Design, you’ll be a key part of the engineering core team, leading and shaping the engineering designs across multiple infrastructure projects on behalf of the Head of Design.


Using your substantial experience of design development and management (and ideally safety) in high hazard/consequence, complex industries, as relevant to major infrastructure projects your key responsibilities will include:
•    Leading the implementation and assurance of design development and management by setting consistent and standards/expectations and measuring compliance.
•    Leading the management of requirements centrally and guiding/overseeing delivery projects in their management and decomposition of engineering/system requirements.
•    Centrally leading and coordinating engineering interface/integration management across all projects and with the wider site.
•    Central advice/oversight of delivery project technical risks and assumptions.
•    Coordinating the advice/guidance/oversight of central Subject Matter Experts (e.g. HS&E, Security etc.) in relation to design management activities, technical governance and project delivery.
•    Supporting design process/arrangements/guidance improvements/developments based on Learning from Experience (LfE). 


You will have the opportunity of being part of the Design & Build Major Infrastructure projects in support of Astute class submarines, involved with a good variety of work across multiple projects, opportunity to develop process and innovate the approach to the design of Major Infrastructure projects and opportunity to shape and introduce best practice within a role involved with a diverse portfolio of work.

What do I need to do the role?
You’ll need experience in Design Management (multi-disciplinary) in a Nuclear or high hazard / high consequence environment.


Would also like you to hold experience in the following:
•    Must have Systems Engineering experience
•    Experience in Health Safety Environment and Design to a high level.
•    Comprehensive knowledge and experience of multi-disciplinary engineering/ (ideally) infrastructure design development and management in high hazard/consequence industries;
•    Significant experience in managing engineering requirements, interfaces/integration and technical risks/assumptions across complex programmes and sites
•    Educated to Degree level in a STEM discipline and preferably registered as a Chartered Engineer (or the ability to achieve professional status).


What else do I need to know?
•    The successful candidate will need to satisfy security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


About Babcock International and Devonport
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.

We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme. You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.


You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. 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. 

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Armed Forces Covenant
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 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please visit our website.

Closing date: 01/11/2021


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