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Systems Engineering Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Systems Engineering Manager
Location: Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG
Starting Salary from: £49,640


About the role
We’re looking for an Systems Engineering Manager 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.

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.

As the Systems Engineering Manager (Operations Integration Manager) you will report to the Facility Design Manager and is responsible for articulating how the design packages will deliver the capability functions, and capturing the design concepts within an overall Facility layout through interfacing with users and discipline leads. 

You will co-ordinate the operational aspects of the system designs into an overall facility operational concept to demonstrate functional capability and design spatial layout and process management of facility by integration of the system designs into an overall facility layout.  Liaise with the User Acceptance Group Lead / Engineer to ensure operational aspects of the system and facility designs are understood and accepted.  As well as ensure effective Quality Management Arrangements operate and deliver through compliance with Babcock’s Business Management System and Technical Manual. 

Using your experience you will ensure that the processes and activities being managed are appropriately documented with appropriate records, maintained, and that configuration and quality controls applied and ensure that staff and contractors are familiar with the hazards and risks associated with the work undertaken by the delegated engineering team through effective management and communication of the Risk Assessment.


What do I need to do the role?
You will be degree qualified in an appropriate STEM discipline (or relevant experience) and preferably Chartered Engineer, registered with Engineering Council.

We would also like you to have experience in the following areas:

  • Experience providing expert advice to the sub-contracted design houses to enable them to develop designs;
  • Sound understanding of engineering design and safety practice as relevant to discipline, post and project requirements;
  • Sound project specification, planning, project management and budgeting experience;
  • Sound understanding of organisational and departmental procedures relating to Design, Health & Safety, and Quality requirements, and the ability to manage projects in accordance with these procedures;
  • Working knowledge of relevant engineering office computer applications;
  • Experience of the design support to construction, operation, refit/repair of conventional and nuclear submarines and/or facilities.

Lastly you must be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills required in the technical management of complex design development throughout the design lifecycle.

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.
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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.
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