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Head of Project Development (Infrastructure)

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    Central Government

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    Base Salary - in the range of £85k and £115k

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    4 months ago


Babcock International have partnered with Veredus to support their exciting PMO transformation agenda across its Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd (DRDL) operations.

Babcock is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, emergency services and civil nuclear sectors. Devonport (Plymouth) is the unique maintenance base of the UK’s submarine fleet. Several new engineering challenges are ahead as Babcock prepares for the next 30 years of deep maintenance programmes.

To support the increasing project workload Devonport PMO & Controls team are looking for several experienced project professionals who will act as role models and leaders for the wider PMO and Controls team to take responsibility and ownership of their domains.

This is a great time to be joining a PMO team that is creating and enabling a leading projects delivery organisation, to be best of the best. Integrating its people, their ways of working with cutting edge technology to deliver successful and predictable outcomes.

Primary Purpose

Devonport Infrastructure is entering a period of major investment with several high-profile projects pending and many more being considered. To support the front-end co-ordination of the early phases Babcock, require an experienced Project Development professional to join their Devonport team.

You will provide the Site Wide Programme Director with the project pipeline of opportunities across all the areas under DRDL Project Delivery. Performing the early phase project development work including proposal submissions, estimating, planning and resourcing for the subsequent handover into the project delivery phase.

To manage and supervise the Project Development team; process ownership, interface with customer groups (Asset Owners / MoD Clients),


The Head of Project Development is accountable to the Programme Director (Site Wide) for day-to-day planning and establishment of the Project Pipeline and reporting requirements

The Head of Project Development shall be accountable for establishing and coordinating Lessons Learned feedback back into the front end of project development processes.

Principal Tasks and Responsibilities are:

  • To ensure that there is early identification of the project pipeline from both Babcock CapEx Investment and MoD Direct Funded requirements

  • To provide a clear near, medium and long-term forecast of the pipeline and the associated resources to establish comprehensive budget, risk and schedule needs to perform the scoping phases of the projects

  • To generate proposals for formal submission as part of business cases in tendering for new work

  • To lead the development of the proposal phase of the projects and present compelling submissions for investment

  • To provide suitable support and assistance in project set up so that the projects are established in the right manner

  • To coordinate and interface with approval boards to ensure that sign offs are duly authorised in a timely manner

  • To manage and supervise the Project Development team: Risk, Cost, Estimators and Planners to support delivery of the Project Pipeline.

  • Ensure the development of budgets and risk profiles provides the Project Management teams with an ability to perform entire lifecycle delivery

  • Ensure that the delivery strategy is clearly articulated with benefits /outcomes understood and requirements formally recorded.

  • Provide a process of learning capture from the project delivery teams to feed back into the front end of the development team.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (or equivalent)

  • Experience or other Hazardous & High Risk environments

  • Successful track record of Management in a senior leadership role within a complex regulated and/or safety-critical environment

  • APM or ChPP professional qualifications (Attained or willing to attain with support)

Security & Diversity

The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role.

Babcock are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment.

What can you expect in return?

  • Competitive salary

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays.

  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance.

  • Plus Babcock Rewards & Share Plan

  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities.

  • Relocation allowance

Application Guidance

Veredus is the executive search & selection and interim management provider of choice for both Public & Private sectors with a strong track record of filling niche, hard to fill roles.

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack below under Supporting Documentation:





Closing date for applications is12:00 (Midnight) GMT on Sunday 12 December 2021