Head of Strategy & Transformation

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Job Title: Head of Strategy & Transformation

Location: Christchurch, other DI sites in the south would be considered, we offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £112,000 + dependant on experience plus executive benefits

If you'd like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

The Digital Intelligence C5ISR Business Unit have this fantastic development opportunity for a talented strategist to lead on all business strategy and transformational activity.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to develop your career within BAE Systems due to exposure gained across multiple business areas.

What you'll be doing:

  • Develop a comprehensive, inclusive strategic plan and growth strategy by collaborating with the director and senior leadership, which determines the C5ISR business's overall vision, evaluates the business portfolio, and derives the programmatic M&A and partnering plan
  • Derive and implement programmatic M&A and partnerships to meet the underpinning technological needs to drive innovation in our products and services
  • Lead C5ISR collaboration across Digital Intelligence and the wider BAE Systems Group to ensure, where appropriate C5ISR business and innovation strategies are aligned to maximise corporate knowledge, skills and technology
  • Lead a cross-functional team of analysts and strategists to maximise the capability and contribution of each team member
  • Create a culture that develops talent, motivates, coaches and builds trust across teams within and outside of the C5ISR business
  • Responsibility for creating the environment through strategy, innovation and transformation to enable the C5ISR business to meet it baseline IBP value of £200m and growth IBP value of >£1Bn
  • Responsibility for securing organic and inorganic investment of circa £500m over the IBP period

Your skills and experiences:

  • You are a forward-thinking and results-driven professional with a growth mindset. With your expertise in end-to-end strategic thinking and hypothesis-led approaches, you excel in driving clarity and simplicity from ambiguous situations, framing the right business questions, and generating practical recommendations
  • Your ability to bring together insights and diverse perspectives enables you to solve complex business problems and lead the delivery of key outcomes that contribute to the success of the organisation's strategy
  • With your strong leadership skills, agility, and collaborative approach, you are adept at driving change at pace, building high-performing teams, and championing a Transformation mindset
  • Through your strategic programme management expertise, you ensure that programmes are scoped, supported, and delivered excellently, with clear outcomes and measurable progress
  • Exceptional communication and influencing skills, you establish strong relationships and effectively engage stakeholders at all levels to drive transformation and achieve desired business outcomes
  • Background in, or familiarity with Technology or previous experience working in the Defence and/or Security industry is advantageous but not essential


You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Head of Strategy & Transformation

Through robust change management, this role will lead the transformation of the business from its integrated parts by implementing the strategic plan to accelerate our growth in the UK and global Defence Markets in C5ISR. You will manage 2-3 direct reports that through their teams will deliver the diverse set of activities required to be undertaken to realise the outcomes require to enable significant business growth and transformation.

We are looking for a strategic thinker with a deft grasp of complexity, you will be able to demystify and make sense of complicated problems for a variety of audiences. You should be able to introduce a little bit of constructive disruption by persuading key players to support the creation of creative concepts that will promote advancement. Additionally, you must be able to programmatically direct the execution of the transformation and business strategy plans.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 11th April 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.



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