Principal Cost Controller (Submarines)

Plymouth, UK
Closing date
3 Jan 2022

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Clearance Level
SC, None / Undisclosed
Defence, Engineering
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Job Title: Principal Cost Controller (Submarines)
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Business Unit: Central Services

To enhance project performance and stability through the collection, analysis, investigation and reporting of meaningful cost information to allow informed decision-making at a program, project and zonal level.

The role will be responsible for all aspects of cost control within one of the five principal zones on a DMP project. This will include governance and SME advice on cost capture; the collection, processing and analysis of actuals data; providing multi-layered reporting both internally and externally and providing justification, analysis and recommendations based on data and supporting investigations. This role will also carry additional management responsibilities and will be responsible for the line management as well as coordination of the workloads and outputs of the other zonal cost controllers (senior cost controllers).

Required Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Competences
  • Managing actuals against multiple cost performance baselines
  • Managing change against multiple performance baselines
  • Producing internal and external monthly reporting
  • Conducting data analysis and recommendations
  • Coordinating forecasts from activity owners
  • Conducting variance investigations
  • Coordinating in-depth investigations
  • Experience of a cost control/management environment
  • An understanding of project controls, specifically cost control, earned value, finance, scheduling or estimating
  • Previous leadership and management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Data analysis
  • Stakeholder management
  • Personal effectiveness and drive.
  • APMP/ or equivalent
  • Experience of a purpose-built cost management system (Cobra, Ecosys et cetera)
  • Experience of Qualifying Defence Contracts
  • Educated to degree level (preferably in business, finance or engineering discipline)

This position is within the Central Services business unit as a Grade 6 which has a salary of £43,445 with DRDL Terms and Conditions.
Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.

This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England.

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You will have advance notice should we wish to arrange an interview with you and more information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.
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Company Information
This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.
Babcock International Group is 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 fit your specific needs.

Business Area- Devonport
Babcock International Group owns and operates the main refit, maintenance and workshop area of the 330 acre naval site at Devonport, known as Devonport Royal Dockyard, where it employs thousands of people. The remainder of the site at Devonport is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is known as Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport - one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.
Babcock and the Ministry of Defence work in partnership to operate and maintain this co-located site by providing through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment.
Babcock has a large design and technology capability providing a wide range of support activities including feasibility and project definition studies, detail design and draughting, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.

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