Head of Engineering Discipline

Job Description

Job Title: Head of Engineering Discipline

Location: Bristol or Plymouth or Tewkesbury, UK - Hybrid - working from home options available

Compensation: Competitive salary + benefits

Role Type: Full time / Permanent

Role ID: SF 49114

Build the future

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 Head of Engineering Discipline at our Ashton Vale, Devonport or Ashchurch sites.

As an international defence company, we support and enhance our customers' defence and security capabilities and critical assets, meeting their requirements of value for money, increased availability, modernisation and flexibility.

Mission Systems

The Head of Engineering Discipline role is based within our Mission Systems business area.

Babcock is a trusted provider of integrated solutions for global defence and security. We have a wide portfolio of best-in-class intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, communications, and weapons launch and handling solutions across all domains, integrating the best of industry to meet our customers' needs.

The role

The difference our new Head of Engineering Discipline will make

As the Head of Engineering Discipline, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. The Head of the Engineering Discipline is an integral part of the Technology Discipline leadership team, reporting directly to the Engineering and Technology Director for UK Mission Systems.

Day to day, you'll be responsible for designing, developing and delivering UK Mission Systems' engineering skill base in support of the global engineering strategy and the Mission Systems business strategy. You'll lead the Engineering Discipline by example to embody Babcock's purpose and principles. You'll be accountable for the provision of suitably qualified and experienced technical staff to projects so that projects deliver brilliantly to customers. As this includes intervening to address issues and identify resolutions when problems occur, a strong technical engineering ability will be required. You'll ensure the discipline has stretching and deliverable budgets that will equip the development of staff and tools, whilst maintaining rates at a competitive level and you'll manage the performance of the engineering discipline in accordance with the SLAs agreed with the LOBs and the Director of Operations, taking corrective action where necessary to ensure the achievement of business objectives. Working with the E&T Director, discipline peers and strategy/BD teams, identify the engineering capabilities needed to meet the current and emerging business needs, identify gaps and prioritise development and transformation activities. With this, identify the best business strategy for delivery including setting strategies for recruitment, train to fit, off-load and subcontract to create the best business outcome.

At Babcock, we have a history of helping talent go far. With our track record of innovation, you'll continually develop your knowledge and expertise.

We offer flexible working to give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. This role provides hybrid working arrangements with 1-3 days in the office/onsite and the rest working from home.

Essential experience
A leader first. Someone with good technical competence but the ability to lead and develop a high performing team and build relationships that will lead to us delighting our customers.
A leader who understands 'how' you do things is just as important as 'what' you do - who will role model and apply our Principles (see below) and use their judgement to deliver effectively at pace.
A person who is resilient and adaptable, who can navigate ambiguity and complexity and take ownership, driving action to make a positive impact in an organisation going through significant transformation - structurally, strategically, and culturally.
Someone with a bunch of pragmatism - able to use their skills, knowledge, and experience to best fit the context we are in and where we are going to (not hung up on "best practice/theories" that aren't relevant to our environment or are out of reach for our current reality).

What we offer

Generous benefits including:
Generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays
Reservist in the armed forces receive 10 days special paid leave
Matched contribution pension scheme up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
Our Big Benefit Platform allows you to make your money go further, with discounts from over 850 retailers.
Employee Share Plan
Professional memberships, personal development training an opportunities
STEM ambassador training and volunteering opportunities
Working from home and flexible work patterns
Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing
Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts and our Share Ownership Scheme
Autonomy. Trusted and empowered to be at your best

Babcock International

For over 130 years, we 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. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate; and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work, but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. 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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