Job Description

  • Significant Defence Projects
  • Collaborative team
  • Career growth and development


About the role

The Improvement Manager is responsible for the management and implementation of relevant transformation, and improvement projects. Dependent on the needs of the project, ownership is for the entire project through its life cycle or for specified phases (Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Closure). Structured change and transformation activities will be guided by a clear Improvement methodology and framework. An approach to the human aspects, such as ADKAR will be used to ensure staff are informed, and engaged about changes prior to commencement, during implementation, and supported after ‘go live’ to ensure a successful outcome.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure project initiation identifies clear problem statements and business benefits and approvals are in place prior to commencement;
  • Determine, and identify all requirements for projects, through estimation and analysis following Lean Six Sigma/DMAIC principles;
  • Identify, actively monitor and report on risks that may impact the delivery of improvement and project outcomes;
  • Ensure high-level objectives, and acceptance criteria are clearly defined for each improvement project;
  • Ensure that activity dependencies within each project are understood, managed, monitored, and reported in a timely manner; and
  • Identify key project stakeholders and pro-actively engage, and consult with them to develop fit-for-purpose approaches, and strategies for improvement projects.


About you

  • Strong practical Improvement, Process and Change Management experience;
  • Demonstrated competency in delivering business improvement projects;
  • Strong practical ability to manage the human aspects of change;
  • Lean Six Sigma accreditation;
  • Proven ability to present briefings to senior management;
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships with a variety of people at different levels both internally and externally as well as service providers;
  • Must either hold, or be eligible to obtain an Australian Defence Security Clearance;
  • Tertiary qualification in discipline relevant to the role (Desired);
  • Previous experience with DMAIC, ADKAR, or BPM; (Desired); and
  • Proven ability to use MS Project at a skilled level (Desired).


What we offer you

  • Our work life integration policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave, wellbeing leave, paid parental leave, defence reservist leave plus more;
  • We offer flexible working arrangements where possible to help employees find the right balance between work and home life;
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, supported by our capability framework plus ongoing access to self-led learning modules through LinkedIn Learning and access to study leave;
  • You’ll have access to be Rewarded which will provide you with endless discounts across retail, health, entertainment, travel and much more, plus novated leasing options and corporate shares plan;
  • Your wellbeing is supported through our online wellbeing program Munch, Mind, Move, Money, access to our employee assistance program plus you can access two days annually from your personal leave as wellbeing days;
  • You’ll be able to participate in our we Recognise program which is an opportunity to recognise the outstanding work our people do each and every day.


Who we are

Babcock International Group, the aerospace and defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services for over a century.

Across Australia and New Zealand, Babcock has grown to a team of over 1,600 talented people, and we are on a path of continued growth and expansion. We operate across sectors such as defence, commercial marine, aviation, airports, communications, emergency services and engineering consultancy.

Some of the programs our team across Australia and New Zealand are proud to be a part of involve:

  • Providing emergency medical and search & rescue aviation services through our Aviation & Critical Services business;
  • Designing and supporting key systems for submarines and surface ships through our Marine business;
  • Providing fleet wide through life support and asset management services for Navy customers;
  • Managing critical assets for a range of sectors through our Land Business.


This position will work within our subsidiary Naval Ship Management (NSM), which provides asset management solutions to the Australian maritime sector. Working closely with supply chain partners, NSM provides cost-effective and responsive solutions that optimise the availability, capability, and seaworthiness of critical maritime assets. NSM supports assets across the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet – most notably the Anzac Class Frigates as a member of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) and the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), LHD Landing Craft (LLC) and associated assets as the Asset Class Prime Contractor.


So, if you would like to join us and help create a safe and secure world, together, please apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button below.


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