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Head of Supply Chain

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Head of Supply Chain
Business Unit: Central Services
Location: Remote

Overall Department Direction
The Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) is the UK MoD’s new contracting framework designed to replace the Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) and Submarine Deep Maintenance Period (DMP) contracts.  It will sustain over 9,400 jobs in the UK ensuring ongoing industrial support of the Royal Navy’s capabilities, including new aircraft carriers, surface combatants and submarines as well as the infrastructure at the Naval Bases at Devonport and on the Clyde.  

It is an ambitious programme designed to improve vessel availability, increase resilience of the maritime defence supply chain and ensure certainty of delivery, while also seeking substantial reductions in total support costs.  Babcock must achieve all of these outcomes against a backdrop of increasingly complex commercial and regulatory requirements.

For Procurement and Supply Chain (P&SC), these increased complexities have created challenges in ensuring the function can deliver an effective and efficient value-adding service to the wider Babcock organisation and ultimately the UK MoD that remains compliant with all necessary requirements.  

As a result, the supply chain function has embarked on an exciting transformations to its structure which are designed to modernise the function and deliver the required benefits.

In support of this, the supply chain team have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Supply Chain (Central Services) to join the team and develop and implement a people, performance and potential strategy which will ensure the function have the required capabilities and capacity to support the transformation and wider-strategic aspirations. The role will lead on multiple cross site services in Planning and Procurement ensuring customer’s requirements are met against the outputs of Ships, Submarines and Infrastructure support.

Main Purpose of Role
The main purpose of the role is to lead the successful delivery of multiple Supply Chain outputs for Goods and Services within a cross site environment. The Head of Supply Chain (Central Services) will act as a the lead functional representative for all Central Services within Supply Chain used across the DRDL site ensuring the P&SC function is suitably represented in key forums, offering professional guidance to BU customers and supporting delivery of BU activities through a range of management activities.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences



•    Bidding and Business Growth
•    Supply Base Design
•    Sourcing and Contract Management
•    Negotiation 
•    Strong Communication (written and verbal) with the ability to present updates at Board Level
•    Ability to analyse and interpret data to make decisions
•    Planning and organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise high profile tasks simultaneously
•    Leadership and People Management
•    Change Management
•    Performance Management
•    Risk Management
•    Project Management
•    Able to build and maintain relationships
•    Stakeholder Management
•    Competent with MS Office, including intermediate to advanced Excel skills
•    Ability to translate strategy into improvement activities

•    Leadership experience
•    Experience of people management
•    Demonstrable experience in strategy development and delivery
•    Experience of running a Shared Service in a high volume environment
•    Experience working within highly regulated environments
•    A proven ability to develop team members and build capability
•    Excellent stakeholder management skills at all levels
•    Developing a culture encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion

Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
•    Design, implement and continually evolve a procurement strategy which supports both the BU requirements and the wider Naval Nuclear business, and is aligned with the strategic direction of the Group P&SC function. 
•    Manage a team of Procurement professionals to support BU requirements, ensuring appropriate capability, capacity and structure to meet both current and future demands with a clear set of accountabilities for key activities aligned to other departments and teams.   
•    Monitor and manage overall supply chain performance within the BU and lead plans to maximise performance both internally and externally. 
•    Set up and manage suitable contracting arrangements in line with the needs of the BU.
•    Ensure P&SC best practice is deployed within the BU to enhance outcomes, including but not limited to Supply Base Design, SRM/SPM, Risk Management and Value Management. 
•    Ensure functional compliance with the company’s corporate procedures and other wider legislative requirements.
•    Provide management reporting to senior managers and the Naval Nuclear Directorship.
•    Manage budgets for the Procurement team within the respective BU.


•    Relevant Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)
•    Professional accreditation desirable (e.g. CIPS, CILT, CIPD, CMI)


This position is within the Central Services business unit as a PC with DRDL Terms and Conditions.

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 the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England. Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.

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. 

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 two week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. 

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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
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.

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 we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.



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