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23 Jun 2020

Full-Time SDA Project Controls Scheduler

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

Job Description


£29,750 – £35,000 per annum (plus benefits)


Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s armed forces deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

Job description

A dynamic and progressive opportunity for a Project Controls Scheduler to join the Submarine Delivery Agency, partnering in the dock regeneration and maintaining nuclear infrastructure in Devonport.

The UK operational submarine capability is reliant upon the infrastructure that supports it and certain elements of the infrastructure at Devonport need to be rebuilt in order to provide the required levels of support to maintain operational submarines as well as for the disposal of submarines once out of service and decommissioned. The timelines to deliver the required outcomes for these Major Infrastructure Projects in the next few years are very demanding.

To act as the delivery agent for this scope of work, the Devonport Infrastructure team stood up as a new team within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) earlier this year with around 40 civil service staff based in Abbey Wood, Bristol and in HMNB Devonport. The main delivery pillars within the team are associated with maintaining the underpinning artefacts and the enterprise infrastructure modelling capability, and the Major Infrastructure Projects themselves that deliver submarine new berthing and docking capability at Devonport. Each of the dock / berth projects are Major Infrastructure Projects and use contracts with Babcock Naval Nuclear to deliver their scopes of work.

As the Project Controls Scheduler you will be key in supporting the submarine fleet with in-service maintenance, as well as the safe disposal and defueling of submarines.


In the position of Project Controls Scheduler your work shall involve:

• Creating and updating project schedules in Primavera P6 in consultation with Project Manager and other stakeholders
• Checking time bookings for OPEX and support users
• Informing project performance reporting
• Implementing baseline changes
• Undertaking schedule risk analysis
• Reviewing supplier schedules for quality, and working with suppliers to improve scheduling
• Using supplier schedules to inform progress on our own schedules
• Sharing best practice with peers

In this role is you will be an excellent good communicator with great interpersonal skills and the ability to identify changes whilst working to time frames.

Essentially to be successful you will have:

• Demonstrable ability to support work dealing with suppliers
• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
• Demonstrable analytical skills
• Minimum of English, Maths and Science at GCSE A-C.

The ability to work towards Primavera P6 within 12 months would be desirable.

Due to the secure nature of this role the position is open to sole UK Nationals only.

Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.

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, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with plenty of opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by reading more about our Employee Benefits.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About SDA and your team

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 UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1400 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

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.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):

• Key Achievements
• Career History
• Applied Skills, Knowledge & Experience

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do then we’ll carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your CV and your career history. We’ll also check that you demonstrate the motivations and behaviours aligned to our DE&S Behaviours.

Gattaca are the recruitment partner for DE&S and the SDA. Matchtech are a subsidiary of Gattaca. By sending your CV to Gattaca you agree that Gattaca / Matchtech can use your details for the purposes of recruitment at DE&S and SDA only.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: controls, Defence, Devonport, Plymouth, Project Controls, Projects, and Scheduler. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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