Risk and Reliability Engineering Manager

About the Centre of Engineering 

At Babcock our Centre of Engineering serve as the Design Authority for the Maritime Engineering Support Team (MEST) serving the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).  As the Navy’s strategic maritime partner, we provide complete engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the entire fleet. We also undertake ship conversions, life extensions, retrofits and major repairs in dry-dock or in water for our customers. We are currently in an exciting phase of growth to deliver a portfolio of programmes in both defence and commercial sectors for Aotearoa.

About the Role

This role reports to the Fleet Asset Manager. In this role you will be working within the asset management team to lead the dynamic survey and trials teams to provide accurate information, and articulate asset risks to support maintenance planning, conduct of maintenance and ensure operational availability of the ships. 

This includes:

  • Manage and lead a team of asset engineers to gather, analyse asset data and provide high quality advice in the planning and execution of maintenance on the ships of the RNZN.
  • Lead complex and/or critical technical investigations into asset performance and risk with a measurable effect on the availability of the RNZN fleet.
  • Develop, maintain and optimise management systems to deliver asset information to stakeholders to enable effective decision making during planning and in operation.
  • Liaise widely with asset stakeholders within the MEST and the RNZN
  • Help build an asset management system that is fully compliant with ISO 55000 and sets the benchmark in the marine industry.

About You:

We are looking for an engineering manager with strong technical expertise and effective people leadership and influencing skills. To be successful in this role you will need the following skills and experience: 

  • Engineering degree or equivalent
  • At least 2 years’ experience managing a team in an engineering environment
  • Performing technical investigations and root cause analysis
  • Performance evaluation, analysis, or commissioning of mechanical or electrical systems
  • Knowledge of naval operations, engineering principles, security requirements and regulatory frameworks
  • Demonstrated success in information management and delivering robust engineering reports with recommendations
  • Collaborative team player, able to effectively consult and extract key information from a range of subject matter experts, technical specialists and operators
  • Proficient across MS Office Suite and experienced in configuration management tools

Experience in the following areas is not mandatory but will be advantageous:  marine industry, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), Chartered Professional Engineer Status, Asset Management and/or Project Management qualifications.

This role could be ideally suited to someone with a Navy, Marine, Defence, or Aviation background.

What we offer:

  • Drawing on the substantial experience of Babcock International, this is a career defining opportunity for someone who can drive change and influence people to set a benchmark for the marine industry. 
  • We offer flexible working and a fascinating naval marine environment to work within, as part of the team who works in partnership with the Navy.
  • Located on the Devonport Naval Base, this is a great opportunity to work in partnership with our customer and see the results of your hard work first-hand.

About Us

Babcock New Zealand is part of the Babcock International Group, a leading provider of critical engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities. In New Zealand our team of over 300 talented people work closely with our customers and partners to understand them inside out, building deep relationships based on trust to solve complex challenges and deliver value. We do this through our people’s commitment to excellence and our adoption of technology. Our people are critical to our ability to deliver our strategic goals, and our core values are health, safety, the environment, and being inclusive. 

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and be able to satisfy medical, safety and security checks in order to obtain a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Security Clearance

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Job no: JZDF02691

Location: Auckland - NZ

Closing Date: Sunday, 7 March 2021