Head of Operations - Oman
Location: Oman (with the possibility of initial work in the UK)
Business Unit: Support Value Stream
Salary: £60-75k base salary, 10% location allowance, plus cost of living allowance.
Other benefits: Car, accommodation and health insurance provided whilst in Oman. Accompanied package available for candidates with partners/families
About the role:
The purpose of this role is to lead the programme and project management of Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) a Joint Venture with Oman Dry Dock Company and Babcock International. The role will oversee and manage complex naval marine maintenance and repair projects on behalf of the JV partners, including refit work of multinational naval vessels in a multicultural and environmentally demanding location (Duqm).
Directly reporting to the Oman Director, the successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of Naval Ship Repair and an overarching knowledge of programme and project management ideally with experience working in the middle east (but not essential). Providing programme and project management support to ODC for complex support of all Naval vessels. A higher level of management is required to enable to work collaboratively and sensitively with the JV partners while continuing to develop DND into the leading Naval repair facility in the middle east.
In addition the role will provide advice, mentor and upskill the JV partners in all aspects of Naval Marine Project Management and Delivery. The successful candidate will champion Health and Safety sharing of information between Babcock and ODC providing and sharing of information and best practice. You'll act as the focal point for the customer and ensure commercial compliance and all technical deliverables are completed. Develop the business and capabilities of ODC including key suppliers and to be recognised as the best Naval Ship Repair Yard in the Middle East.
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of our emerging business, helping to grow and shape the future of our business in Oman.
What do I need to do the role?
* You will need to be culturally aware and comfortable living and working within the Middle East.
* Education to degree level (Chartered status)
* Experience in stakeholder engagement at a senior and governmental level
* Experience of working in the Middle East is desirable
* A basic understanding of Gulf Arabic is desirable
* Evidenced experience in running complex engineering projects.
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.
* Depending on your level of Middle East experience or exposure to Babcock, you will either be posted straight out to Oman or require a period of time undergoing induction in the UK. This could include some basic language training.
* At the moment, due to Covid 19, many of our team are working remotely from the UK but when safe to do so will return.
* The successful candidate can choose to go accompanied or unaccompanied (allowances in accordance with Babcock Global Mobility Policy)
There are currently three functional business units for Babcock Oman Limited and the successful candidate will be expected to maintain these relationships as well as explore any emerging opportunities:
Airwork Technical Services (ATS) (Aviation) - Regional air forces call on our military aircraft maintenance, logistics support, technical support and project management capabilities. Babcock has, for decades, provided mission critical support to the Royal Omani Airforce through Airwork Technical Services. Our aircraft maintenance and logistics and procurement expertise help keep the RAFO flying.
National Training Institute (NTI) (Land) - National Training Institute LLC (NTI), part of UK based Babcock International Group, is a market leader in creating workplace competency by providing vocational training and employment solutions to corporates in the Sultanate. NTI's accredited training in Health, Safety & Environment (HSE), Information Technology (IT), Technical Training, Executive & Management Development Programmes, Oil & Gas Training aims at building a competent manpower pool ready to face the challenges and opportunities arising in dynamic economies in Oman and abroad.
Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) (Marine) - Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) is a Babcock joint venture with Oman Drydock Company (ODC). Strategically located on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, outside the Straits of Hormuz, DND combines ODC's extensive dockyard infrastructure with Babcock's breadth and depth of experience in repair and upgrade of complex maritime assets, to provide comprehensive, secure naval maintenance and engineering support to international navies and auxiliary vessels.
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