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Jacobs Head of Configuration Engineering in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Head of Configuration Engineering


Jacobs Description:

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Providing a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, and construction – and program - management. Our 77,000 employees in 400 locations around the world serve a broad range of companies and organisations including industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets and geographies.

During our 125 years in the UK, we have been involved in some of the biggest and most challenging projects, delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to the country’s most critical issues, from access to clean air and safe water, civil and national security and safeguarding mobility.

That’s because Jacobs is much more than just a traditional engineering company.

Ranked No. 1 by Fortune’s 2019 World's Most Admired Companies…

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Role Outline/Responsibilities:

This role is a secondment for BAES.

To provide both functional and delivery leadership on behalf of Naval Ships for the successful business wide implementation and management of Product Configuration Management (CM). This will include all aspects of Product CM relating to people, process, information and technology to ensure they enable the Naval Ships business objectives.

Own the product variation management business requirement and lead its successful realisation, including ship applicability and variant management

Develop a CM vision and strategy including an implementation roadmap and leadership for its successful realisation. Lead on the delivery and management of processes, education, support and capability for the CM solution across all Naval ships programmes to quality, cost and budget.

Focal point for customer engagement including ensuring requirements are understood, incorporated into the configuration management strategy and deliverables meet requirements

Provide functional leadership for the development of CM as a key business capability and ensure CM expertise is developed and effective succession planning is enabled.

Develop, lead, and deliver an industry leading CM organisation across Naval Ships programmes to ensure standardised and repeatable Engineering processes, product information management and enabling technology.

Lead the development and utilisation of a CM resource hub with embedded resource planning to meet all Naval Ships programme requirements including provision of a minimum capability level and the rationalisation / optimisation of supervisory overhead.

Lead, manage and support applicable Customer / Stakeholder groups to ensure the successful adoption of the CM capability.

Develop and deliver CM as a key differentiator for BAES UK and export business winning opportunities

Document, agree and deliver process and quality improvement for CM across Naval Ships

Audit and authorise contractual configuration management deliverables including alignment with international CM standards


Qualifications & Experience:


  • Degree qualified in Engineering related discipline

  • Chartered Engineer or CM equivalent

  • 10 years’ experience of CM in complex export Engineering environments

  • Experienced in Life Cycle Management reviews of bids and programmes.

  • Customer/end user focus/experience

Key Technical Skills:

  • Industry leading CM expertise across people, process, information and technology for highly complex engineering products

  • Industry leading understanding of complex engineering requirements for CM and how they relate to business objectives

  • Proven experience in successfully delivering CM in complex engineering environments for export customers

  • Proven understanding of the management of product information relating to multiple/variant products

  • Proven experience with CM strategy development in relation to business objectives

  • Proven experience in technical and business requirements elicitation for technology solutions

  • Proven experience with the successful implementation, and support of, CM processes and toolsets, especially PTC Windchill or Siemens Teamcenter

  • Proven expertise in PLM related theories and disciplines, including Product Data, Document and Product Change Management.

  • Strong understanding of Import/Export, Intellectual property and Security responsibilities and processes.

  • Experience with the implementation of Import/Export processes for collaborative Export bids.

Key Leadership/People Management Skills:

  • Proven CM leadership skills in a highly complex product design/build engineering environment

  • Proven experience with successful senior management engagement with CM in relation to business objectives

  • Proven ability to develop and sustain strong professional relationships with key stakeholders for successful realisation of CM objectives

  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills at all levels, including senior management, technical and IM&T.

  • Proven ability to lead multi-disciplined teams to successfully deliver CM

  • Proven ability to develop relationships to ensure successful agreement and implementation of CM stakeholder requirements

  • Strong communication skills when briefing individuals and groups at all levels of the organisation

Key Interpersonal/Behavioural Skills:

  • Strong interaction and facilitation of team members

  • Continuously improves standards of excellence in drive and commitment.

  • Demonstrates continual professional development

  • Demonstrates Focus on Order through monitoring work packages or projects

  • Strong commitment and self-motivation

  • Displays flexibility through response to radical changes.

  • Demonstrates Customer Focus through forging partnerships that shape customer expectations.

  • Creates a developmental environment that supports the development of others

  • Anticipates and manages complex business improvements

  • Understands how individuals are motivated and manages accordingly.

  • Able to work autonomously when required

  • Effective networker

Key Mental/Analytical Skills and Challenges:

  • Ability to quickly assimilate engineering issues and define solutions and opportunities.

  • Innovative in developing solutions that satisfy the needs of the business within tight time and cost restraints and a willingness to challenge traditional methods.

  • Project planning and resource management skills

Our Culture

At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go ‘BeyondZero’ by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

To find out more about our networks, please visit our website; www.jacobs.com

Equal Opportunities

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Glasgow

Req ID: ATE0003SM