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Forward Deployed Software Specialist


Salisbury, GB, SP11 8HT

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:             Forward Deployed Software Specialist
Location:             Andover, Hampshire + Hybrid Working Arrangements 
Compensation:   Highly Competitive + Benefits 
Role Type:           Full time & Permanent 
Role ID:                SF56228

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 Forward Deployed Software Specialist at our Andover site.

The role
As a Forward Deployed Software Specialist you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You will find innovative and effective ways to deliver quality outputs and solutions to meet complex business needs and support changes in business processes.


Day to day, you’ll ensure data can be utilised to provide actionable insights for operational needs and evidence-based decision support. You will be responsible for ensuring requirements captured by the Deployment Strategist are applied through workflows, alerts and applications to help our business and customers make better use of their data to improve decision making. You’ll also:


•    Build custom applications, work with large scale datasets both MOD owned, and Babcock owned data, build automation into processes, maintain, and support existing workflows
•    During the project lifecycles you will need to work with the wider insights team to understand current and proposed workflows and processes
•    Own end to end execution of these solutions, working with existing data engineering teams to ensure pipelines are built to purpose
This role is full time working 37-hours per week and will be based at our Andover site with hybrid working from home arrangements.


Agile working may be available to employees in some instances, applying the principles of fairness and consistency whilst ensuring that the overriding business needs can be appropriately met. We are happy to consider flexible, blended working, including part-time, condensed hours, and job sharing. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview. 


Essential experience of the Forward Deployed Software Specialist:

•    Strong engineering background preferred in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Physics, and Data Science
•    Must have experience working and building applications within an enterprise data platform, such as Palantir Foundry, AWS, QlikSense, Databricks, Snowflake etc
•    Proficiency with one or more programming languages or data engineering frameworks, such as Python, SQL, Spark, Java, C++, TypeScript/JavaScript, or similar
•    Effective organisation and time management skills - work independently and manage workload
•    Self-motivated, enthusiastic, ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, through prioritising work and managing deadlines

Qualifications for the Forward Deployed Software Specialist: 

•    We value difference and don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience then we would like to hear from you


Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be able to achieve and maintain Security Check (SC) security clearance for this role.

Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer 
•    Generous holiday allowance 
•    Matched contribution pension scheme, 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
•    Opportunity to work with innovative technology
•    A dynamic working environment


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock has 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. 


We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. 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.

Closing date: 




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