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Project Management Capability Lead


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:        Project Management Capability Lead 
Location:        Ashton Vale, Bristol + Hybrid Working Arrangement
Compensation:    Highly Competitive Salary & Benefits 
Role Type:        Full time / Permanent
Role ID:        SF50472 


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Project Management Capability Lead at our Bristol site.


The role    
As a Project Management Capability Lead, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. Working within Mission Systems you will work alongside our Head of Project Management & Project Controls to reorganise our current Project Management & Project Control (PM&PC) Function through implementing complementary, but individually focused disciplines for both Project Management and Project Controls.

Mission Systems is an exciting business unit that offers a wide variety of cutting-edge programmes, covering several technical subjects, including complex weapon systems, state of the art communication systems and counter-drone technology.


Day to day, you’ll  


  • Support  the Head of PM&PC through developing and leading the community of project management professionals within Mission Systems, instilling a positive culture whereby everyone lives by the Babcock principles.
  • Develop core project management competencies across the discipline, including personal and professional development, training, mentoring and coaching.
  • Work with the Project Controls Discipline Lead to champion best practice across the wider PM&PC function, instilling standardisation and common use of frameworks.
  • Work with the PM&PC function Operations Lead to generate a pipeline of suitably qualified and experienced project management professionals for Mission Systems.
  • Support the Head of PM&PC to ensure Group PM policies are rolled out within Mission Systems and to embed the Group Project Management BMS framework, supporting any tailoring where necessary.
  • Carry out independent Assurance and Governance to confirm consistent application of the Group PM framework and provide feedback and support on corrective actions, to ensure confidence in delivery. 


This role is a full time position at 37-hours per week and can be worked on a hybrid basis from our office at Ashton Vale; we are open to discussing flexible working patterns and what the onsite-offsite split looks like. 


Essential experience of the Project Management Capability Lead: 
This role would suit a Senior Project Manager or Programme Manager looking to step away from delivery and into a function role, focussing on overall capability of a department.  As a result, we are looking for a driven, experienced project management professional, with experience of working in a matrix structure, to implement and maintain a strong professional project management community, practice, and culture across our Mission Systems business.


  • Comprehensive experience of leading delivery of Projects and Programmes for large and technically complex equipment/system contracts, preferably for commercial customers (both UK and international).
  • Broad experience of Project Management techniques and approaches, including Agile, planning and scheduling, estimating, risk management, change management, cost forecasting and performance management etc.
  • Experienced in establishing a Project Management Discipline within a large organisation, including capability/professional development, mentoring and coaching.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills, with the ability to interact successfully at all levels. 
  • Domain knowledge in, and experience of, delivering Project and Production output for complex defence assets and systems to UK and International customers is desirable.


The successful candidate must hold, or be able to achieve SC security clearance for this role.


Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity


Babcock International 

For over 130 years Babcock International have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.




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