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Operations Manager

Wiltshire, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 23 June 2024

Introduction

Saab UK is part of Scandinavia’s largest defence company, bringing together the best of Swedish and British innovation. Saab offers world-leading solutions and services in defence, aviation, space, and civil security to keep people and society safe. Our UK presence has been growing at pace, meaning we can offer a wide range of opportunities for personal fulfilment and career growth. We currently employ over 500 people across eight sites in the UK, and our specialisations include software engineering, underwater robotics, radars, AI, and armed forces training.

As part of the global entity Saab AB, Saab UK combines the innovative spirit of a start-up with the resources and expertise of a larger corporation. Globally, Saab employs over 22,000 people, with operations on every continent. Our partnerships with UK customers and industry mean we are able to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, anticipating the threats of tomorrow. We invest 23% of our annual revenue into research and development, collaborating with a range of partners including industry and academia.

Saab is a company that offers our employees plenty of opportunities for growth and advancement. We embrace diversity and are committed to providing a workplace where individuals can thrive professionally, paving the way for future progression. We also recognise the need for a healthy work-life balance to ensure our staff have the chance to live a fulfilling life beyond the workplace.

What you will be a part of

Our Training and Simulation unit provides simulated training solutions to customers around the world. Our UK operation provides simulation support to enable realistic exercises in both open and urban terrain, from individual and combined arms at platoon level, to joint operations at brigade combat team level. As a total training provider, it is our objective to improve training performance and increase equipment availability.

The DFWES contract which Saab has held with the British Army in one form or another since 1994 is an integral part of collective and individual training. Supporting up to 200 exercises a year the Ops Team is responsible for the planning and delivery of Field Team and equipment support to all of them.

Job Purpose:   To coordinate operational delivery of the DFWES contract. Manage support to deployable exercises and other DFWES commitments.

Roles and responsibilities:

Operational delivery

  • Liaise with the customer to coordinate DFWES support. Advise on equipment, manpower and manpower availability.
  • Allocation of Field Teams and Equipment.
  • Manage all Field Team resources.
  • Provide direction and taskings for the Field Teams. 
  • Manage relationships with British Army training establishments to ensure successful delivery of all DFWES supported training.
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Saab Logistics Managers to ensure smooth and efficient exercise support. 
  • Responsible for ways of working and implementing improvements.
  • Deploy globally to ensure smooth running of operations.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of British Army training doctrine and structure.
  • Support Capability Exploitation and Marketing activity as required.

Commercial/Financial

  • Monitor monthly contractor invoices for accuracy against planned commitments.
  • Produce Operational Requirement documents to support pricing for extra contractual exercises.
  • Attend DFWES progress meeting and report on trends.
  • Identify opportunities for organic growth and new sales.

Qualifications/Experience

  • Level 6 qualification (BA, BSc) or higher.
  • Leadership and Management qualification Level 5 or higher.
  • Project Management qualifications Level 5 or higher.
  • Combat Arm Battle Group Staff Officer experience.
  • Suitable for an Officer leaving the Army or RM at least 5 years’ service.
  • Currency in British Army TTPs and Collective Training
  • Driving Licence (B+E).