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Lead Principal Controller

Date: 08-Jul-2021

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose: The role is responsible for the establishment and lead of an LTPA Portfolio project controls function that provides the necessary support for the delivery of planning, scheduling and performance monitoring and control support to the LTPA Contract.

Specific Responsibilities:

- Accountable, on behalf of LTPA PMO Lead, for the provision of effective and efficient programme controls and planning services to the LTPA Portfolio office

- Develop and support project and portfolio level reporting covering performance, financial, and schedule aspects that enables integration of project data to the portfolio level.

- Engage across the QinetiQ PMO/Project Controls organisations to ensure across the portfolio consistent tools and techniques are established for delivery, data capture and performance reporting (Inc. scheduling, WBS, risk and change control)

- Develop and establish a reporting system for the LTPA investment portfolio that provides clarity of project status with a focus on: Portfolio forecast cost at completion (FCAC); and schedule float against key Capability Recovery Plan (CRP) BRAG metrics

- Develop and implement a suite of project controls to ensure the Corrective Actions identified in the Investments IBR are embedded in the organisation.

- Establish and maintain a top level portfolio schedule, by working with the delivery IPTs, including a view on future resource requirements. This should include major milestones and decision points

- Design an EVM approach across the LTPA investment portfolio

- Implement an assure EVM system across the LTPA investment portfolio

- Integrate the EVM data into the wider Portfolio reporting

- Report on trends, forecasts, project contingency, and schedule risks and opportunities.

- Development and continuous improvement of consistent programme control and governance across the LTPA portfolio, working with the programme/project community to ensure effective programme delivery aligned to the operating framework.

- Accountable for ensuring all project delivery information is accurate by enabling and supporting individual PMs with forecasting and project control


The role also includes the accountability for embedding and providing guidance on the improvement of processes, systems and tools required by the LTPA portfolio;

- Work with the LTPA customer PMO to establish effective working relationships.

- Establish a Project and Portfolio Assurance Regime for LTPA Investments


Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required:

* Construction and development of project schedules from first principles in a proprietary scheduling tool such as PPM2016.

* Knowledge of and the ability to apply a variety of schedule analysis and optimisation techniques (such as Critical Path analysis, schedule variance).

* Understand how to work with key stakeholders to monitor and control the project through the various phases of the project lifecycle.

* Understand schedule performance tools and techniques, such as Earned Value

* Understand schedule performance tools and techniques, such as Earned Value Management (EVM).


Essential and Desirable Qualifications:

* Programme or Project Controls Qualification – Practitioner or equivalent.

* Project management qualification; APM membership desirable.

* Experience of operating as a project scheduler in a variety of complexity environments.

* Experience of managing a project or programme is desirable.


QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?


QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines, and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake  this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.