Principal Cost Control Engineer - Submarine Delivery Agency

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 26 Mar 2019

Reference number



£30,000 - £43,000p.a (plus benefits)


Professional II

Contract type


Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - SDA-Project Controls

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


37 hours per week

Number of posts



Bristol, South West

About the job

Job description

Are you looking for a complex and challenging role working at a National Scale?

Do you want to be part of a diverse multi-disciplined team and play a key role in supporting the security of the UK?

If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our national security then we want to hear from you.

These roles offer the opportunity to work within a diverse and multi-disciplined team within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The SDA is responsible to for the United Kingdom's submarine maintenance and build programme; a top priority of the UK’s defence programme and one of the largest UK programmes in existence. Working with our key industrial partners, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Babcock Marine, we are striving towards delivering submarine capability in a more cost efficient, effective and safe way.

Project Controls is a key function within the SDA and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of projects by providing Estimating, Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling and Risk Management. What makes us unique is that we are involved in all phases of a project from the proposal through to completion, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget.

The SDA have exciting opportunities for Principal Cost Control Engineer's to join SDA Cost Analytics. This is a brand new team built to drive efficiency and secure the optimum commercial outcome for the Submarine programme. In this role you will build open and supportive relationships with key MoD and Industry stakeholders. You will work collaboratively to share data and build a joint robust understanding of assumptions and cost, supporting the growth and development of an internal forensic cost analytical capability across the SDA.

These roles are responsible for performing and delivering cost analytic outputs to improve maturity in the estimates, identify cost related opportunities and provide the evidence to support clear recommendations to management and negotiating teams. The successful candidate will do this utilising a range of methodologies including but not limited to:

• Cost transparency; breaking down an estimate and its associated assumptions into simple visualisation to build a joint, robust understanding and highlight areas to analyse
• ‘Should Cost’ modelling; identifying component parts of material items and building up a ‘bottom up’ cost estimate using known metrics and assumptions
• Benchmarking; compare individual cost lines with previous data points or global sets of benchmark companies
• Observational analysis; ride-along with logistics team to understand their operations and identify and work through potential opportunities
• Stress-testing assumptions; review assumptions within cost models for consistency and test assumptions against external reference points for known prices
• Supplier-centric analysis, trade-offs and options testing to support customer choice.

To ensure cost review related opportunities are embedded in the programme and increase robustness year on year and transparency of cost evolution, you will support a robust tracking and monitoring process. As such this role is fast paced and varied which will provide the successful candidate with diverse challenges and opportunities to develop.

As a Principal Cost Control Engineer you will be supporting the Cost Control Engineer Specialists with delivering cost analytic outputs and you will be given opportunities to lead sub-work streams, e.g. particular areas of analysis. Additionally you will be required to build strong relationship with stakeholders.

To be successful with your application, you will come from an Engineering background and will have an Engineering qualification; HNC / HND. You will be passionate about analysis, data visualisation and will have a good understanding of cost analytical methodologies such as cost estimation, should-cost modelling, benchmarking and associated tools.

The successful candidate will work as part of a multi-skilled team including Cost Engineers and Estimators, as well as collaborating with a variety of stakeholders in the Dreadnought Alliance and Industrial Partners, therefore strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential to enable understanding, rapid stakeholder buy-in and drive benefit into future contract prices. Ideally you will have membership of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) at Registered level, or the willingness to work towards this accreditation level.

Additional knowledge that would set you apart from the competition could include:

• An understanding of the concepts of Project Controls and In-contract Management
• Knowledge and understanding of Single Source Pricing Regulations
• An understanding of the inter-relationship between estimating, costing, risk and earned value management and how the data used in and produced by these areas can be used in Project Controls
• Experience in commercial negotiations
• Experience in data visualisation

Please note: These posts will require travel to supplier sites, whether that is Barrow-in-Furness, Derby or Frimley and this role is open to sole UK nationals only.

Additionally, you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We’ve created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, alongside opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career – and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle.
Find out more about what we offer by clicking 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at bottom of this page.

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

Further to the Nationality Statement above, certain posts may have security limitations which could affect those who have restrictions placed upon their United Kingdom Security Vetting Clearance.

To apply please send your CV which demonstrates:

• Key achievements
• Career history
• Applied skills, knowledge and experience
• Qualifications

EMAIL YOUR CV TO quoting the advert reference number

Please find attached a short form to include with your submission if you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

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.

Next steps: We’ll review 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 and discuss your CV & career history and to ensure you demonstrate 'The DE&S Way' Behaviours (see link at bottom of advert).
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

James Craig Recruitment Delivery Partner would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post with you at any point during the application process.

Please email for further information.

Sift/interview dates and location

If you are invited for interview this will be CV based.

Interviews will take place in Bristol week commencing week commencing 1st April 2019.

Further information

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

Please note that further to the positions being open to UK Nationals Only, applicants will need to allow for Dual Nationality with any other country. You will need to only hold British Citizenship.

Please note that the advertised salary is payable for full time advertised hours, if you wish to work less than the advertised hours it will be on a pro rata basis. Starting pay may differ depending on qualifications, experience and specific role requirements (external candidates only). The Civil Service cannot offer a salary higher than the one advertised.

For internal candidates (DE&S and SDA only), if you are successful for a role at your current level, then your basic salary will not change. If you are currently at a level lower than the role advertised and found successful then your salary will increase to the higher of 85% of the top of the advertised range or a 10% increase in your current base pay.

We don’t offer visa sponsorships for roles under the UK Government’s Right to Work scheme. Applications from Nationals from outside of the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA - who attend an interview are required to provide original documents proof of their existing entitlement to work in the UK in their own right (i.e. not sponsored by their current employer). Examples of documents can be found on the Right to Work (linked below).

All employees joining DE&S who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6 month probation period effective from the employment start date.

If you are successful at interview but not the appointed candidate, you will be placed on the reserve list for 12 months from date of interview. Please note that reserve lists may be split within a campaign by location required, Domain or niche position requirements. If you are offered a position from a reserve list, the terms and conditions that apply at point of offer will be applicable.

The following is only applicable to existing MOD and DE&S employees:
Some of the MOD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3rd February 2014. The TACOS changes will apply to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who are new recruits to the MOD or who are appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. Please consult the attached document ‘TACOS 2014 Guidance’ for more information.

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of ‘Fair and Open’ competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or alternatively by writing to the Recruitment PMO at the following address:

MOD Abbey Wood South
Poplar 0, Room B23, #2030
BS34 8JH

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