Name: Defence Equipment and Support
Location: Bristol & Plymouth
Status: Full Time
The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UKs nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UKs continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, the SDA supports Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.
Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity with a background involving Cost Estimating? Do you want a role working on once-in-a-lifetime projects with ample opportunity for career progression? If so, this could be the perfect position for you!
The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) are currently recruiting for Cost Estimators based out of our impressive waterfront location HMNB Devonport. A vital part of the MOD, the SDA is responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK's Nuclear Submarines and is of significant strategic importance - maintaining some of the most technically complex platforms and equipment in Defence.
This is a varied and challenging position which we see you support delivery of cost estimates ensuring all cost scope is captured, represented, controlled and maintained; along with this you will work with suppliers and stakeholders to integrate relevant information such as schedules and risks and you will also have the opportunity to provide estimating guidance to delivery teams driving investment decisions.
This is an exciting opportunity to join and progress within the SDA, and to be successful you will require critical thinking, problem solving skills and the ability to analyse and interpret data. Part of your responsibilities will involve being able to understand the whole life costs of a project, working with multi-million-pound projects across the portfolio, your contribution as an estimator is vital.
Other responsibilities may include
Leading the delivery of estimating products for single Category C/D projects in support of business case/investment decisions
Supporting the delivery of estimating products for high value projects via a range of estimating tools, techniques and methodologies
Analysing data from sources across DE&S, international partners and its defence suppliers to support benchmarking and production of robust cost models.
The ability to think critically, problem-solve, critically analyse and interpret data and communicate findings to stakeholders
Adaptability and the ability to make educated and reasonable assumptions on sometimes incomplete data sets and respond rapidly to change
What you will be assessed against
To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
Strong appreciation for numbers
Report writing and presenting using database and IT systems
Analytical skills, able to process and manipulate data effectively
Continuous improvement skills, applying learning from past experience
Robust communication skills, able to engage with key stakeholders
It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
Member of a professional body or working towards
An understanding of estimating methodologies
Ability to work independently
Willingness to learn and be challenged
In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
Controlling a Project - Supervised Practitioner
Stakeholder Management - Supervised Practitioner
Making effective decisions
What's in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.
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Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employees ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
About your team
The Project Controls Function is responsible for providing the right information, at the right time, to support better-informed decisions. Driving accountability, responsibility and efficiency across DE&S, our Project Controls teams are involved in all phases of every project helping to predict and oversee the time and cost management of these projects. From Estimating, Risk Management and Cost Control, to Planning and Scheduling and Project Controls Management, our people are crucial to the successful delivery of our work.
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Defence Equipment and Support
MOD Abbey Wood & HMNB Devonport
Bristol & Plymouth
BS34 8JH & PL2 8BG
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