Head of PMO

Posting Date: 13 May 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Job Title: Head of PMO
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Business Unit: Warships

Salary: £55,000 - £60,000 (plus bonus and private healthcare)


Overall Department Direction
An exciting opportunity to join our Surface Ship support team as our Head of PMO, providing support across our range of projects and programmes within the business unit.  Our support footprint covers Scotland and the South West, with the role based in Plymouth, Devon.

The role is within our Surface Ship business unit, part of the Marine & Technology Division of Babcock International Group.  The through-life support we provide for the Royal Navy covers all Surface Combatants (Type 23 Frigates), the Amphibious Class vessels and Sandown Class MCMVs.

Main Purpose of Role

As the Head of PMO, you will work with the Warships team to provide effective business, project and programme support as well provide insight against our performance.


As an experienced leader within a Programme Management Office, you will bring strong programme management and support disciplines to ensure our projects and programmes are supported effectively and we provide a standards-based support model through the PMO to the business unit.  Your excellent communication skills will ensure the PMO remains engaged with the business unit and customer; from project delivery teams, the business unit executive and senior customer stakeholders.

As the Head of PMO you will be responsible for:

  • Leadership of the PMO, developing and growing organisational capability to deliver a standards-based business, project and programme support
  • Ensuring we remain compliant with corporate policy in respect of security, information assurance and business continuity
  • Providing business support and insight that satisfies the contracted requirements for Business & Enterprise Management under the Common Support Model for the Surface Ship Support Alliance
    Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences
  • Knowledge and experience of developing and leading Programme Management Offices
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) to deliver outputs at Board Level, with a track record of using MS Office Suite of applications
  • Performance Management
  • Ability to operate in a partnering environment with other managers and the MOD customer
  • A Degree, or equivalent level, in a Business/Engineering/Technical subject or alternatively HNC
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)
  • Project, Programme & Portfolio Offices (P3O)

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 Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England.

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.
What impact does COVID-19 have on the recruitment process?
Babcock will be continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to protect our employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.

It is unlikely that internal candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, WhatsApp video, FaceTime (where available) or you may be asked to complete an online interview. You will have advance notice should we wish to arrange an interview with you and more information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.
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.
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
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If you experience difficulties please click here.  Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.
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 will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.
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 click here.
Closing date: 28 May 2020


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