Senior Software Developer / Database Engineer

Posting Date: 14 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Senior Software Developer / Database Engineer

Devonport, Plymouth


Overall Department Direction


Working as part of our Defence Systems Technology (DST) business we’re looking for a Senior Software Developer / Database Engineer to join us. DST forms a critical part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, our 1,500 strong team operate from a number of sites across the UK and internationally ensuring our global customer portfolio is always supported.


This exciting opportunity works with the Weapons Technical Team based at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth. The Technical Team forms part of Mission Systems division of the Defence Systems Technology (DST) business unit within Babcock International. DST is a rapidly growing business unit which operates out from the Combined Weapons Electrical Workshop (CWEW) situated in the Granby Yard enclave at Devonport.


About the Role


We are aiming at growing the team with the addition of a Software Developer / Database Engineer to utilise innovative solutions to ensure effective management of complex asset data. If you enjoy working with engineers of various disciplines, providing software solutions to enhance the use of technical information in a design and production environment then this would be a perfect opportunity for you.


Through the design, implementation and maintenance of a relational database you will be vital in managing the flow of information from a range of sources such as real time data in the form of network packets, technical manuals and configuration data predominantly for the Phalanx CIWS.


The work you do will greatly improve the way we manage complex assets, you will be provided with the resources and support required to achieve this role.


You shall perform a lead role for the software output of the Technical Department projects including technical information and documentation. Where required, you shall also provide mentorship of junior members of the team and graduates on development placements.

Is this you?


  • A self-motivator with good communication and organisational skills.
  • Able to supervise, co-ordinate or work within a team providing guidance where appropriate.
  • Monitor, control and update stakeholders of multiple task progression.
  • Manage and plan resources for sub-contractor delivery.
  • Candidates must be driven to complete tasks to the benefit of the project for time, cost and quality.
  • Candidates must have a strong H&S ethic.
  • A flexible approach and able to adapt quickly to work flow change in order to meet equipment availability targets.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills
  • Highly motivated with key interpersonal skills



  • Experienced in an object oriented programming language (for example C#) building GUI and database access tools
  • Demonstrable evidence of software development projects
  • Demonstrable evidence of relational database development projects
  • Experience of developing, implementing and administrating relational databases
  • Demonstrable evidence of administrating relational databases 
  • Experience using off the shelf tools for organising data into relational databases
  • Familiarity with methods for capture and processing of serial data
  • Experience of managing and developing software projects to safety standards, cost, programme and quality.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of tools including SharePoint, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.



  • Bachelor/Master’s Degree in computer science or related discipline. 



  • Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and will be required to complete a medical assessment.
  • The role will be in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. This may require you to meet enhanced security and regular screening checks.
  • UK passport required.




At Babcock 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 at Babcock.


Babcock is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and offers a range of family friendly policies which support work / life balance.


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.


We continue to demonstrate our support for diversity in engineering by growing our relationships with universities and schools to encourage young people to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) internationally and we are proud to be official partners of the UK Government’s 2018 Year of Engineering campaign.


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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.


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.


Application Guidance


If you are currently employed by Babcock, 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.


Closing Date: 27/01/2020


Job Reference: 27400

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