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Programme Manager

Date: 19-Jan-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Purpose
The Air business within QinetiQ is involved in a wide variety of exciting projects and programmes, from innovative research, through to modifications or complex flight trials across all domains. As a member of our project management community, you can expect to be leading teams to deliver projects in the UK, as well as supporting international opportunities as we grow.

We have a Programme Manager opportunity based at MOD Boscombe Down site. You will be responsible for leading a cross functional team (including business management of project professionals) in the delivery of high value, complex programmes for the Helicopters Portfolio in our Engineering Services Integrated Delivery Team (IDT). Our projects have a diverse and complex stakeholders, both internally and externally, with primary customers and supply chain in the appropriate domain.


Key Accountabilities

  • Delivery of standard or complex programmes minimum £5m revenue per annum.
  • Development and maintenance of positive engagement with programme customers, partners and suppliers.
  • Operating in a Safe & Secure manner.
  • Embedding a culture in line with the QinetiQ values.
  • Delivery of the Programme outcomes, to agreed baseline including customer satisfaction, time, cost, quality, cash and sales.
  • Ensuring programme members operate in line with the Operating Framework & functional competency management requirements; and have appropriate personal objectives recorded in the QinetiQ performance management system.
  • Resolving conflicts, including prioritisation calls, within the programme and collaborating across QinetiQ.
  • Leading the embedding of improvement in the QinetiQ project and programme management function, as agreed with Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) Leads and the Performance Excellence team.
  • Maintenance of forecasts, both financial and resource demand signal),for sales and delivery which reflects the up-to-date expectations for the work.
  • Application of governance requirements, including lifecycle, project & independent reviews as appropriate, for foundation sales and delivery work.
  • Reporting progress on all accountabilities to IDT Lead or their delegate.
  • Ensuring correct entry and maintenance of data onto customer management tools to support your opportunities with all details correct and up to date.


Key Capabilities & Knowledge

  • Leadership: establishing the vision and direction for the programme in line with Integrated Strategic Business Planning (ISBP), to influence and align others towards this common purpose, and to empower & inspire people to achieve success.
  • Integrity: being open, honest and doing the right thing. Keeping promises.
  • Communication: effectively communicating as part of a two-way interaction, using a range of techniques, to ensure the received meaning matches the transmitted meaning.
  • Stakeholder Management: identifying, planning and implementing actions to positively engage parties with an interest in, or influence over, the programme outcomes.
  • Teamwork; creating an environment where a group of people with diverse personalities, skills, experiences and perspectives are empowered to collaborate towards a common goal.
  • Human Resource Management: supporting functional teams (including HR) to develop and manage our people in line with legal requirements and QinetiQ policy.
  • Foundation Sales: maintaining strategic relationships with the key stakeholders for the main framework contracts which you manage.  Identify, qualify, develop and deliver solutions to your customer’s using an existing commercial framework contract (such as Strategic Enterprise or Engineering Delivery Partner), being able to articulate the benefits of the QinetiQ solution to the customer.  
  • Negotiation & Conflict Management: identifying and addressing differences of objective, attitude or perception in order to produce an agreed outcome for all parties.
  • Change Management: developing and enacting a structured approach to organisational change in support of QinetiQ’s vision, enrolling the impacted people to embrace the changes required to deliver the desired benefits.
  • Benefits Management: identifying, planning, agreeing and realising tangible and intangible benefits from the activities conducted within the programme.
  • Business Development: when required, working as a member of a capture team to provide customer intelligence and thought leadership to influence the generation of the requirement to increase PWin.


Essential Experience & Qualifications

  • Demonstrable capability to International Project Management Association Level C
  • Experience gained, typically rather than necessarily, between 4-6 of leading a business, projects, programmes, portfolios or P3 function; successful delivery of programmes or complex projects.
  • Experienced leading programmes or complex projects to up to 3 different customers.


Desirable Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree or higher degree (or equivalent experience) in appropriate discipline
  • Hold a recognised PM qualification (APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) or Prince2)
  • MSP Practitioner qualification.
  • Experience in Defence, Aerospace or other closely related sectors


Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience 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, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

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 highly 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, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. 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. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.