Babcock bought Defence Support Group (DSG) from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for £140 million in 2014. DSG’s role is to maintain and repair key military equipment, as well as manage the storage of the UK’s land vehicle fleet. Once full integration is complete, the way the UK’s vehicles, such as Challenger tanks and Warrior armoured vehicles, are maintained will be transformed.
As well as the £140 million that the sale will generate upfront, the Army can now expect considerable savings over the next 10 years. The MOD has awarded Babcock International a £900 million, 10-year contract for land vehicle maintenance as part of the sale, and we aim to make some significant efficiency savings.
However, making that happen is a huge project – and one that several Babcock graduates will spend six months working on. They’ll join the integration team on some of its most complex aspects. For example, economics graduate Jordan Wild has taken on an important project management role, collecting and collating extensive engineering and business data to produce a central hub of performance and management information – one of the key resources that will help us to deliver a world-class maintenance regime.
I’ve been working closely with experts in information systems as well as operations professionals. My goal is to bring together all the ideas into something manageable and deliverable and this has challenged me to think outside the box.
Jordan, Business Management Graduate
Our £140million purchase of the Defence Support Group (DSG) has opened up invaluable opportunities for several of our trainees. Take 24-year-old economics graduate, Chloe, for instance. She joined Babcock in September 2014 and, as a member of our all-important integration team, will spend six months on this complex military land vehicle acquisition.
Prior to this placement, I had limited experience of acquisition and transformation programmes and I had definitely never been involved in organisational change of this magnitude.
Chloe, Economics Graduate