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Technical Lead Engineer (Gunnery)


Technical Lead Engineer (Gunnery)
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
REF: SF31174

Make a real impact, immediately
We're looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to become our next Technical Lead Engineer.

Overall Department Direction
An exciting opportunity for a Gunnery Technical Lead Engineer for our above water Navy weapon systems portfolio and to support future business development opportunities, within the Defence Systems Technology (DST) business unit of Babcock International Group.
We are looking for a brave, collaborative and experienced Technical Lead Engineer to meet a future fast moving and challenging gunnery programme and help make the world a safer place through supporting the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.
This role will be based at the Combined Weapons Electrical Workshop (CWEW), Devonport Royal Dockyard, as well as other locations to support the project and the potential for international travel. DST is a rapidly expanding area of Babcock International and works across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects. Our 1,500 strong team operate from a number of sites across the UK and internationally ensuring our global customer portfolio is always supported.
This role is responsible for delivery to the Engineering Manager with assurance agreement with the Chief Engineer (Design Authority) and within the scope of that specified by the Through Life Support (TLS), Project and Programme Managers.

Main Purpose of Role
In this role you will lead detailed examination of the construction and composition of Navy gunnery systems for the development of technical information to create engineering documentation for test, trials and acceptance. The role will ensure system effectiveness and safety, to defined standards as agreed with the Engineering Manager, TLS Manager and Design Authority. The key activities will be as follows:
• Lead a multidisciplinary engineering team (including Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Software and Systems Engineers) for detailed examination of the construction and composition of Navy gunnery systems.
• Develop engineering documentation to meet the requirements of complex gunnery assets and capability for configuration management to be agreed with the Engineering and TLS Managers.
• Manage the development of technical documentation in line with all required standards for quality and safety in line with agreed technical scope.
• Support the Design Authority within weapons future growth project to ensure the technical integrity and quality of output.
• Engage with multidisciplinary subject matter experts and non-technical stakeholders, such as commercial, project and programme management to support development to meet safety, quality, time, and cost requirements.
• Ensure application of the highest standards for health and safety in immediate area of responsibility and ensure all team members across engineering co-operate with respect to company standards with regard to matters on health, safety and environment, ethics and behaviours.
• Plan, lead and control engineering processes and activities to ensure delivery to agreed programme and budget.
• Present to internal and external customers on engineering decisions and opportunities.
• Ensure effective management of multi discipline teams to ensure timely & efficient delivery of engineering work to meet customer agreed scope.
• Manage resource demands and development of capability skills to match needs of future workload and coach and mentor members of the team.
• Maintain knowledge of Industry best practice, promote a culture of engineering best practice and provide leadership and assist in driving cultural development and change.
• Provide oversight for technical problems and undertake root cause analysis to identify design solutions.
• Support the identification & implementation of improved engineering business processes that enhance group capabilities.
• Provide technical support to bid opportunities in support of further business growth.
Where required, the post holder shall provide mentorship of junior members of the team including apprentices, undergraduates and graduates on development placements.
The candidate should have excellent communication and presentation skills which will be essential for representing DST to both internal and external customers. Stakeholder management is essential in this role to ensure all groups are working towards common goals in a timely and acceptable manner.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences
• Extensive knowledge and experience of creation and management of technical data and associated software packages for complex engineering assets.
• Extensive knowledge of relevant standards for engineering design within the weapons defence sector.
• Knowledge of the Microsoft suite of tools including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Project.

Key Behaviours and Technical Competencies:
• This role requires someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally.
• We're looking for a courageous individual who will continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, and speak up when we need to do better.
• A self-motivator with good communication and organisational skills, in a fast paced role with tasking from multiple stakeholders.
• Able to supervise and co-ordinate a team providing guidance where appropriate.
• Candidates must be driven to complete tasks to the benefit of the project for quality, time, and cost.
• Candidates must have a strong H&S ethic.
• A flexible approach and able to adapt quickly to work flow change to meet internal and external customer demands.
• Willingness to travel to other Babcock and customer sites nationally and internationally as required.
• Attention to detail is required to ensure that the quality of work meets the required standards.
• Be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities across different projects simultaneously.
• The ability to harmonise multiple standards.

• Experience of creating, collating and managing a complex suite of documentation.
• Experience of managing multidisciplinary engineering teams.
• Experience of RN operations or support activities desirable.
• Experience of developing engineering design processes, procedures and tools.

• Degree level in Engineering Discipline with significant demonstrable experience and capability.
• Professionally registered or capable of registration with the Engineering Council.
• Full UK driving licence.

What else do I need to know?
• All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage.
• We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview

Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we're compliant with the latest government advice. We are striving to protect both our current and future employees by acting in a responsible way which reflects the restrictions we face.
Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.
Please follow the link to find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Recruitment and On-boarding for applicants .
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Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records.
We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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.

Closing Date: 17/09/20

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