Senior Supply Chain Development Manager

Posting Date: 19 May 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Senior Supply Chain Development Manager
Devonport, Plymouth
Salary: Competitive

About the role
We’re looking for a Senior Supply Chain Development 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.

Babcock’s Naval Nuclear Supply Chain Strategy and Governance Team provide support to both the overall functional team and the business. The Senior Supply Chain Development Manager post is a newly created role requiring the successful candidate to drive the creation and execution of Strategy and Governance, ensuring performance enhancement into the wider business.

As the Senior Supply Chain Development Manager you’ll utilise your excellent strategic thinking skills and significant commercial and change management experience to help transform performance and value within the Babcock Supply Chain. You’ll be primarily focused on the development of key strategies and continuous improvement, managing the governance and performance of the functional outcomes. You’ll lead the implementation of new systems, processes and supply chain networks, including design and development of supply chains, for both new and existing programmes in conjunction with business stakeholders.


What do I need to do the role?
You’ll be qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Significant experience in Supply Chain leadership and Supply Chain Design; Change Management and Continuous Improvement Methodologies is essential for this post.

We would also like you to have the following:

  • MCIPS, CBIFM or equivalent professional accreditation
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt or higher
  • Project Management experience
  • Understanding of manufacturing in highly pressurised environments
  • Good application of current risk management methodology

Lastly, this strategic role is largely stakeholder based, so you’ll need strong interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), and the ability to manage and interface effectively with stakeholders, including producing and delivering Presentations and Business Cases up to Director level.

What else do I need to know?

  • Devonport Royal Dockyard will be your primary place of work however travel to alternative sites and suppliers will be required.
  • 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.
  • Babcock offers a competitive salary and 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.
  • 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: 5 June 2020








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