Senior Project Engineer

Posting Date: 18 May 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Job Title:  Senior Project Engineer 


Location: Devonport, Plymouth

Salary: £36,525


About the role

We’re looking for an Assistant Project 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.

The Future Major Infrastructure teams are currently in the process of delivering the main equipment and infrastructure upgrades required for the SSN Defuel Project. The SSN Defuel Project goal is to deliver the Defuel of twelve Swiftsure and Trafalgar class submarines, with the first Defuel taking place in 2023. The Project is currently in the pre-planning phase and as an Assistant Project Manager you will support the SSN Defuel Project Manager in the planning of future work and delivery.

Using your significant experience of working on technical/engineering projects you’ll work together with the Project Management office to develop and maintain the Schedules for delegated tasks and activities, including identification of Critical Paths and Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA). You’ll lead delegated non-complex sub-projects and tasks, including the production of plans, reports, minutes and other project documentation; Resource Forecasting, Cost Estimates, delegation of activities, sub-contractor and stakeholder management; conflict resolution and project communication, ensuring they meet agreed delivery targets and that Health, Safety & Environment aspects are considered.


What do I need to do the role?

You’ll need an ONC or equivalent qualification in an appropriate engineering or management discipline. An APMP or equivalent qualification in project management would be advantageous.

We would also like you to have some or all of the following:

  • Knowledge and experience of nuclear submarines / military dockyard waterfront operations
  • Working knowledge of MoD procurement and project delivery practices
  • Proficient with MS Office, including OUTLOOK, WORD, EXCEL and PROJECT
  • IOSH Working Safely or equivalent.
  • Management of Subcontractors

Lastly, you’ll need strong interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to interface effectively with project teams and internal and external stakeholders at all levels.


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.

We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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: 1 June 2020








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