Head of Early Careers

Location: Portsmouth

Salary: £80,000+ depending on experience plus executive benefits

This is an amazing opportunity that offers you the chance to develop our current and future workforce through the design, development, and delivery of outstanding Early Careers programmes.  Located at the Portsmouth site, you will be at the forefront leading our Early Careers population and inspiring the requirements for a potential new Academy, having the opportunity to influence its growth by exchanging best practices.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Strengthening leadership of the Early Careers population – inspiring our future workforce.  Collaborating and enhancing the interface between Maritime Services and the Early Careers delivery team, ensuring first in class delivery and performance aligned to business needs.  Creating and sponsoring a clear Early Careers strategy to deliver the Early Careers pipeline, aligned to requirements of the Maritime Services Strategic Workforce Plan, integrating Community Outreach & DEI ambition and creating a market leading proposition for the Early Careers programmes
  • Leading and managing apprenticeships, graduates programmes, education services, learning & technology resources and the delivery of projects
  • Working with the senior business stakeholders from Maritime Services, making sure we have the right Early Careers ambitions such as modernisation of the early careers programme and implementing digital learning technology
  • Inspiring, shaping and delivering the potential new Academy requirements
  • Assuming responsibility for the safe operations of the Academy ensuring our operating infrastructure is capable of delivering our demand requirements (people, facilities, technology & suppliers)
  • Providing insights and expertise on long term industry wide trends and developments in Early Careers, developing a comprehensive Community Outreach strategy to develop a long-term pipeline in the South
  • Collaborating closely with the HR Manager – Resourcing and Early Careers within Maritime Services, identify risks in achieving demand or programme risks and working closely with business Stakeholders, HR, Early Careers Recruitment, and the HR Centre of Expertise on mitigations

Your skills and experiences:


  • Proven experience of leading large cross functional and geographically dispersed teams from an operational service and development perspective 
  • Strong people background with an understanding of how to drive, influence and negotiate at all levels to ensure success
  • Proven track record of driving strategic development and technology projects, in an Education & Skills environment
  • Leadership and management of apprenticeships, graduates programmes, education services, learning & technology resources and the delivery of projects
  • Demonstrable track record in understanding and interpreting data, using it to inform trends and generate insights used for continuous improvement and action planning
  • Understanding of UK Apprenticeship funding, regulatory and legislative requirements


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.

The Early Careers & Skills team:

Working in collaboration with the Maritime Services and Shared Services teams, the Head of Early Careers position offers you the unique chance to genuinely shape Early Careers throughout Maritime Services. Building strong ties in the community that support our attraction campaigns and improve the company’s reputation is your responsibility. You will also give the senior interface into the Line of Business and Sector Leaders as needed to ensure that service delivery is in line with business requirements.

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: 10th 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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