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Senior Project Manager

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Tewkesbury

About the role
We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious leader with a proven track record in project delivery and project controls to join our growing engineering services business.  
 
The difference our new Senior Project Manager will make
Mission Systems is transforming and we need you to support our drive for growth, leading our teams through exciting and sometimes challenging situations. You’ll be one of our Senior Project Managers, overseeing and delivering a wide range and high volume of transactional tasks and complex projects across a number of engineering contracts. Providing day-to-day operational management of a team of project staff, you’ll be responsible for the timely and cost-effective delivery of products and services to our customers. 
 
You’ll play a key role in growing our contracts and building strong customer relationships, implementing our ambitious strategy. You’ll drive growth and the role will bring bags of responsibility and the opportunity to work at the front of delivering some key UK Defence and Security contracts. Your responsibilities will include:
 
•    Working as a key member of the Prime Contract Office (PCO) which provides end-to-end delivery of all contract tasking and projects, you’ll be responsible for managing a team of project management and support staff.
•    Providing overall operational and strategic management of assigned tasks projects within your project team.
•    Project management of a portfolio of complex engineering projects ensuring that the delivery teams understand cost, time and quality requirements and remain coordinated in their approach to delivering agreed scope of work.
•    Providing end-to-end delivery throughout the project lifecycle, you’ll also be responsible for supporting with requirement capture, scoping, technical and commercial solutions and the generation of pricing models and proposal documents. 
•    Providing effective risk management to ensure that the business’ risk exposure is kept to a minimum and is effectively managed throughout the project. 
•    Ensuring that effective change management is applied to projects, balancing flexibility to changing customer requirements with the need for robust commercial agreements. 
•    Defining acceptance criteria for contracted deliverables and production of professional handover documentation to ensure timely close-out of milestones and projects as well as technical handover to our operational teams. 
•    Identifying, reviewing and applying lessons learnt as part of continuous improvement for future requirements.
•    Reviewing and presentation of management information including regular finance reviews and Project Boards to ensure effective internal stakeholder management and stringent financial management.
•    Ensuring that the project team are working to a consistent high standard and customer and business stakeholders and kept informed. 
•    Ensuring adherence to Babcock standard project management methodology, APM and best practice within the project management profession.
•    The regular updating of the Jira tasking programme used by the PCO to ensure that task workflows are appropriately managed and key updates are communicated with customer stakeholders.

What do I need to do the role?

We are looking for a high calibre Senior Project Manager with demonstrable expertise in the delivery of complex engineering requirements. Commercially and financially astute with great organisational and planning skills, you will be able to interact confidently with senior leaders and stakeholders, utilising your strong communication skills to build effective relationships. Most importantly, your motivation, drive and passion for managing and delivering successful outcomes will motivate your colleagues and delight our customers.
You continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, actively seek out different perspectives 
and speak up. We’ll need you to collaborate and make a positive impact each day.
 
Experience
•    Considerable experience in the advanced application of Project Management techniques in a relevant technical project environment.
•    Experience in leading and managing a team of project staff, providing direction and motivation.
•    Experience managing a portfolio of projects with differing demands and deadlines.
•    Great financial management to ensure a high level of profitability on projects. 
•    Experience delivering solutions with a diverse team of both internal resource teams and external supply chains.
•    Direct line management experience as well as leadership in a matrix environment.
•    Experience of working within the Defence and Security sector is highly desirable.
•    Strong commercial awareness and an understanding of contract and commercial management.
•    Experience working with senior level managers both internally and externally.
 
Skills and attributes 
•    Passion for the business – driving short and longer term contract delivery performance and growth throughout the business.
•    Relationship management – building effective working relationships with key customers, internal stakeholders and suppliers where appropriate.
•    Project Management expertise – especially in requirements capture, risk and financial management. 
•    Business acumen and consultative selling skills – seen by customer as a trusted advisor rather than sales person.
•    Coaching and leadership – providing leadership and influence in a matrix organisation to direct line reports and the wider team and fulfilment members from across the business.
•    Facilitation – engaging a cross section of functional representatives from customer and colleague communities; you’re able to operate at all levels in and across the organisations.
•    Technical – a background in, or a general understanding of, mechanical, electrical, data and minor construction disciplines is highly desirable.
 
Education and qualifications 
•    A bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
•    Must possess recognised project management qualifications or memberships i.e. Member of the Association of Project Managers (MAPM), APM Project Professional Qualification (SCQF Level 9), APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or PRINCE2/Project Management Institute (PMI) equivalents.
•    Must possess (or be willing to gain) a formal, appropriate Health and Safety Qualification. For example, the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualification.
•    Must possess (or be willing to gain) an adequate knowledge of Construction (Design and Management) 2015 Regulations.

 

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:
•    Flexible working (full or part time considered, minimum 30 hours per week)
•    Autonomy to perform the role
•    The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit

 

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, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
•    Employee Share Scheme
•    Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support 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:
Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation.  As a trusted provider for global defence & security, we have a wide portfolio of best in class technical solutions that enable our customers to carry out their missions. It’s a really exciting and fast paced business carrying out a diverse range of activities. Mission Systems employs over 1,200 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth and Ashchurch.
The Critical Communications Business Unit is over 200 personnel strong with in excess of 70% skilled Engineering staff. We have an ever increasing portfolio of opportunities and an ambition for success and to grow. We also embrace the multitude of internal employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within our Babcock team, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.


Other need to knows:
•    You must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role
•    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

 

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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.


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.


Babcock International Group
For more than a century, Babcock 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 four market sectors; Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear. We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. You’ll 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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