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1 Apr 2021

Full-Time SDA Estimator

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£27,200 – £32,000, per annum (plus benefits). Salary listed is pro rata. Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information Leaflet for salary details.

Job description

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 – maintainging 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
• Working together

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 employee’s 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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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, Defence, Estimator, Plymouth, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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