Business Planning Specialist

Posting Date: 12 January 2021

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Business Planning Specialist
Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth
Starting Salary: £31,470


About the role
We’re looking for a Business Planning Specialist within the Submarines business unit to join us at HMNB Devonport, 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.


Here at Babcock (Devonport Royal Dockyard), we are preparing for a significant increase in workload over the next ten years.  To facilitate the required planning for this growth, we are increasing the size of our strategic planning function, which is responsible for the long-term planning of our resources and facilities.  As a result, an exciting opportunity now exists for a Business Planning Specialist to join the Submarine Business Unit, as a member of our established Integrated Business Planning (IBP) team at Devonport.


As part of the team, you will be striving to improve organisational alignment and financial performance, by linking strategic and operational planning. This incorporates the planning of future demand and modelling of people, facilities and high probability opportunities in the new business pipeline.


You will be working with a range of stakeholders, the primary purpose of the role is to support the development and maintenance of the Submarine’s demand and supply plans, ensuring capture of all underlying assumptions, maintaining change control records and providing updates and reports to support strategic decision making.


What do I need to do the role?
You will be educated to a HND level (or recognised equivalent) and it is preferred for you to have a Professional Planning or Business Management Qualification.

We would also like you to have experience in the following areas:
• You will have excellent interpersonal skills allied to stakeholder management experience and enjoy working in a busy and dynamic environment.
• Experience within a planning/programme management environment
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite of Programs (Especially MS Excel)
• Competence in the use of Primavera P6 preferred, although training will be provided
• Demonstrably numerate and analytical

What else do I need to know?
• The successful candidate will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence 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.
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.


Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.
Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants.
Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.
It is unlikely that shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, or you may be asked to complete an online interview. More information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.
All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.
This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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: 26th January 2021


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