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Work Package Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Job Title: Work Package Manager
Reference: SF34281
Function & Business Unit: Mission Systems, Defence Systems Technology
Career band/ grade: Band 4
Salary: Competitive
Location: Primarily Home Working - Some travel to our offices in Bristol, Ashchurch & Plymouth. Some overseas travel may be required.
Clearance: Minimum requirement SC


Your opportunity to make a real impact in an ambitious outward looking organisation
Here at Babcock, we are looking for a dynamic, ambitious and eager individual to make a real impact by becoming our next Work Package Manager as part of a major project undertaken by our Defence Systems Technology (DST), Marine business.


The difference the Work Package Manager will make
The Project Team have an exciting delivery profile, which the successful candidate will be directly supporting. The Work Package Manager will be assisting the overall Project Team to deliver a MoD Marine Project and support the on-going business under the Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme.


As a Work Package Manager, you will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Continually monitor and evaluate each Work Package of the project to ensure that it is meeting budgetary and deadline goals
  • Report to the Senior Project Manager to discuss the progress of each work package with regards to resourcing profiles, schedule changes, project scope adjustments (including change) and forecasts/cost to complete
  • To develop, maintain and manage Risk, Issue and Opportunity Registers. Including the identification and management of mitigation activities
  • To develop and maintain Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Work with the Project Controls Lead to manage the development and maintenance of Schedules, including identification of Critical Paths & Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Work with the Project Controls Lead to manage Earned Value Management (EVM) Analysis for internal & sub-contractor work packages
  • To analyse and report data to develop a complete and accurate picture that will inform decisions regarding the management, quality and control of the overall project
  • To manage change control by establishing protocols to alter the scope of a work package, implementing the protocols when necessary and updating configuration documentation


Who we are looking for
You are someone who can drive success both internally and in the management of sub-contractors.  You have the ability to work collaboratively to ensure your part supports the overall success of the Project. You feel at ease building excellent working relationships with internal and external customers, yet happy to lead and challenge where necessary.



  • A proven track record in Work Package Management of technical/engineering projects
  • Experience of managing Work Packages via Microsoft Project Schedules
  • Experience of managing Work Packages using Earned Value Management reporting
  • Working knowledge of MoD project delivery practices is desirable


Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent communications skills, with the ability to work successfully within teams and with customers
  • A self-starter, who is performance driven - with a desire to make significant contribution/impact
  • Is able to work independently and as an active team member
  • A critical thinker - who can understand complex issues (balancing the detail and the big picture), using insight/data (evidence) and their judgement to provide good advice to and have a positive impact


Education and Qualifications

  • Certification for training in Microsoft Project
  • Certification for training in Earned Value Management
  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) qualification in project management or equivalent professional registration


In return for your skill and passion, you will get:

  • Flexible working – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology in an interesting business sector
  • Opportunities to travel both within the UK and abroad
  • Autonomy to perform the role
  • Excellent benefits package
  • Excellent career development opportunities


As well as:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, shopping offers and discounts
  • Optional employee Share Scheme
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support, advice and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments


Where it all fits in:
Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission.  Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,500 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.


Our interdisciplinary systems engineering team integrate across our different design projects and are the technical point of contact with our customers. The team of around 20 based in Bristol engineers solutions to make complex systems cohesive. Using pioneering technologies like virtual reality, they test designs and work with customers in order to deliver robust products and supporting documentation. With a focus on continuous improvement, it’s a great place to develop broad skills and technical knowledge, which open up many options for career development. A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


Other need to knows:

  • The role will require travel within the UK and potential to travel overseas.
  • The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role.
  • Your safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us, and health and safety is an integral part of our business. We operate in a high-risk environment; therefore, we are looking for people who share our understanding and respect for health and safety for ourselves and each other to ensure that everyone goes home safe every day.


Application Guidance
All applications should be made online. Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account, then you will be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties, please visit our website. Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly. We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive 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 will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


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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.


Babcock International Group
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 benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training. 


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