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Principal Cost Analyst / Estimator

Babcock International
Plymouth, Devon
Starting Salary: £43,445 - £55,000 benefits
Closing date
30 Nov 2020
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Principal Cost Analyst / Estimator
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Starting Salary: £43,445 - £55,000 benefits

About the Role
Here at Babcock International we’re looking for a Principal Cost Analyst / Estimator to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy and are proud to be the UK’s leading submarine support provider.  We are entrusted with the upkeep and deep maintenance of our Nation’s submarines, which have been compared to the space shuttle in terms of complexity and is one of the most challenging engineering projects undertaken in the UK. 

As a Principal Estimator you’ll work within our Submarine Business Unit, as a key member of our established, but developing Estimating team. Working within a dynamic project environment you'll be responsible for the management and co-ordination of a team of Senior and Functional Estimators in the production of multi-disciplined Labour estimates.  These estimates will be derived from Work Specification, Drawings and Site (boat) visits, and your leadership and team outputs will be key to the successful delivery of Submarine contracts and the capture of additional or emergent work required during the Project Execution Phase of our Submarine maintenance projects.  Combining your enquiring approach and analytical skills, you'll provide insightful management information which will support senior management decision making.  You will continually develop the capabilities within your team and strive to develop and maintain a high performing estimating and cost analysis function, utilising the most up-to-date tools and techniques.

Whilst we continue to provide the Royal Navy with safe, highly capable classes of submarine, we are also preparing for the future.  This is a great time to join our team, with the new challenges and a significant increase in our future workload this is critical work that requires the very best people.

What do I need to do the role?
You'll be educated to HNC level (or recognised equivalent in Project Management or Project Controls) and have demonstrable experience of Cost Estimating, Cost and Data Analysis and Cost Modelling & Assurance.

We would also like you to have the following attributes:

  • Strong leadership skills and team management/development experience.
  • Ability to formulate costs and relate these to actual activities across trades.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Estimating software.
  • The ability to interpret written engineering specifications and technical drawings.
  • Methodical and thorough with a challenging mind and problem solving abilities.

Lastly, you’ll be highly numerate with good interpersonal skills and effective communication skills, both written and verbal.  You’ll possess strong stakeholder management in situations of competing priorities and enjoy working in a busy and dynamic environment.

What else do I need to know?
The successful candidate will hold, or be eligible to acquire, Security Clearance at the appropriate level for this post.

About Babcock International and Devonport
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, 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 the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.

Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.

We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Application Guidance
All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page. 

Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

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.

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 visit our website.

Closing date: 30 November 2020


Be part of something big

Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation and employs more than 34,000 people around the world.

Working with Babcock International

It’s our people that make us great. When we’re tackling complex projects, we need employees who can rise to the challenge and help us deliver innovative engineering solutions.

Our business is incredibly diverse, so it takes a wide range of skills to deliver the quality we’re renowned for.

We invest in the right people for the job, bringing through the next generation of engineering specialists. And so we offer apprenticeships and roles for everyone from students and graduates to fully-qualified professionals.

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01752 326981 / 07904 363653
Devonport Royal Dockyard
United Kingdom
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