Programme Controls Manager

Posting Date: 26 March 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Programme Controls Manager                                                                

Permanent, Full-time

Devonport, Plymouth Based

Competitive Salary


About the role

Here at Babcock International we’re looking to recruit a Programme Controls Manager at Devonport. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Babcock provides through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment as part of our continuing commitment to support our nation’s naval capability.


This position will support the HMS VICTORIOUS programme which is essential to the successful delivery of the UK Continuous At Sea Deterrent. HMS VICTORIOUS will undergo her Deep Maintenance Period at Devonport Royal Dockyard. You will provide project and programme controls support and guidance across the Facility Readiness Programme, Planning Contract, Safety Case Development and Physical Execution. You will be accountable to the Nuclear Facilities PMO and HMS VICTORIOUS Programme Manager.


Key elements of the post include:

  • Maintain a safety first approach
  • Liaison with the project management team to ensure optimum cost and schedule performance through the provision of the following functions:
    • Lifetime Plan / bid development / Detailed Delivery Schedule - Scope, Schedule, Cost Estimates and risk management plans
  • Assist the Project Manager with project strategy development and implementation
  • Monthly Reports – to include accurate status, progress summary text, accurate assessment of Accruals, progress against Performance Based Incentives (PBIs)
  • Variance analyses (both for schedule and cost), recovery plans where appropriate, estimates at completion (EAC), estimates to completion (ETC) Key issues, Key Risks, progress against Key Metrics, progress against Key Milestones, progress against Performance Based Incentives (PBIs)
  • Trend analysis
  • Change Control
  • Day to day management of the planning, estimating, cost engineers, cost accountants, risk engineers and document control resources assigned to project control team. (Note: Overall management of each function lies with the relevant function manager).
  • Act as a mentor and support the continued professional development of staff within the project teams and improve competency levels to meet future requirements of the business
  • Develop and implement robust and efficient change control process for projects which experience high levels of scope variation
  • Work with cost control function to implement integrated cost / project controls system


What do I need to do the role?

You’ll need to have a Degree/HNC or equivalent level in an Engineering/Technical Subject, experience in the field of project controls and/or project management and supervisory/managerial experience in project controls environment across Project Lifecycle.


We would also like you to have:

  • APM-PMP qualification.
  • Experience in project performance analysis and reporting variance analyses
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
  • Experience within the Naval Marine Industry, or other highly regulated industry is highly desirable.


What else do I need to know?

  • We are based at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth.
  • Permanent position with a competitive annual salary and excellent benefits.


About 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, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.


About Babcock International

For more than a century, Babcock 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.


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