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Senior Project Manager

Date: 23-Nov-2022

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

About the role

We are currently recruiting a Senior Project Manager to join QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) within our Business Delivery Team. QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state of the art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems including the world leading Banshee target.


QTS targets are used to enable realistic weapons test and evaluation and operator training in over 40 countries worldwide with QTS providing a complete managed service in over 15 of these countries.

What will I be doing?


Reporting to the Vice President, you will be responsible for providing leadership to major QTS Projects to ensure that they are delivered to the highest standards.


Initially the Senior Project Manager is expected to lead projects to evolve current Aerial Target technology in to broader Unmanned Systems applications. However, over time they may be asked to lead projects across the business.


Duties will include:


  • Management of one or more QTS internal and / or external complex projects ensuring that the projects meet time, cost and quality expectations.

  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/suppliers for the successful execution of projects

  • Developing project scopes and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility

  • Develop and maintain detailed project plans to track progress

  • Ensure resource availability and allocation, working with other Project Managers to deconflict and prioritise as necessary to meet business needs 

  • Manage changes in project scope, schedule and costs

  • Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools and techniques

  • Report and escalate to senior management as needed

  • Manage relationships with customers and other stakeholders as required

  • Perform risk management to minimise project risks

  • Ensure that other applicable company processes are followed (e.g. Engineering Design)

  • Work with the other members of the QTS Project Management Community to develop and improve Project Management tools and processes in QTS

  • Provide Support to Bids and Proposals

  • Support the development of business cases and cost estimates


What do I need?


You will have a Project Management qualification (APM, Prince 2 etc) and significant Project management experience in a relevant industry.


You’ll have strong leadership and stakeholder management skills and be an excellent communicator, both written and oral.


We also ask that you:


  • are able to turn complex requirements into simple and achievable plans.

  • are able to operate autonomously and reactively to changing requirements

  • are enthusiastic and committed to the role

  • have good IT skills

  • are calm, able to work well under pressure

  • are an Excellent team player

  • have a desire, and the ability, to support / mentor of more junior staff


The following are desirable:


  • experience in a product design environment

  • aviation or Weapons domain experience

  • engineering qualification

  • domain knowledge of Unmanned Aerial Target systems including ground, target and control systems


What else do I need to know?


Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  


You’ll receive a competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market.


The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Pension and the ability to purchase discounted Health Cash Plans, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance plus much more.