Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Opportunities

Date: 24 May 2024

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Project Controller, Scheduler, Project Manager, Programme Manager and Portfolio Manager Opportunities
Farnborough, Bristol, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southend

QinetiQ is developing at an incredible pace year on year and we’re not slowing down. This is an exciting phase in our history. We are constantly on the lookout for talented individuals to join our Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (P3M) functions with QinetiQ’s UK Defence Sector.

We share and support UK Defence’s commitment to growing and improving the UK’s military capability. Our work is innovative, varied, often unique, exciting and critical. We work closely with the most advanced Defence manufacturers.


We currently have opportunities across a number of our sites. If you’re interested in joining us, now or in the future, we’d love to hear from you! If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

We are currently recruiting Project Controllers, Schedulers, Project Managers, Programme Managers and Portfolio Managers at all levels of seniority.

Applications from various UK locations will be accepted

What do our Project (P3M) teams do? 
Our P3M team is at the heart of everything we do within QinetiQ. The expertise of our team is essential to the successful delivery of our customer commitments and we empower them to run some of the UK’s most critical defence and security projects. Day-to-day, we lead diverse project teams comprising of members from across a wide range disciplines including technical, project management office, commercial and finance to solve our customer’s problems.


Varied career paths are a part of life at QinetiQ. You could specialise in a particular domain such as our Maritime, Air, Land or Science & Technology domains, or lead projects across the business. With increasing demand for professionals across our international business, overseas opportunities are also a possibility. Secondments and other international working arrangements may be available with our subsidiaries in Australia, the USA, Canada, several European countries and the Middle East.  

New to P3M?
In your first role or have some experience as a Project Controller, Project Scheduler or Project Management such as Junior Project Manager, Associate Project Manager or Assistant Project Manager? Or feel you have transferable skills from another professional role?

Your talents may be a good match for our team. We recruit professionals at all levels and have an on-boarding process that will provide you with the essential knowledge you need. We invest in our community and will support you to complete professional qualifications which align with your current and future career aspirations.

Opportunities for mid-career professionals
If you’re a mid-career professional working in industry or the armed forces, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your expertise across the wide range of project types and methodologies we use – from pure research, to consultancy, through to product and service delivery. Whatever your specialism or background, you can expect ongoing development to help you excel and advance. This includes expert training and mentoring, with increased emphasis on self-development and on-the-job training.

Opportunities for highly experienced Project Management professionals
As a Senior Project Manager, Programme Manager or Portfolio Manager you can expect targeted training and mentoring to develop specific project management skills to help you progress to programme or complex portfolio management, for example. If you have senior management potential, we’ll spot and nurture it. You will also have the opportunity to mentor, coach and develop others in the organisation and we will support your development as a leader in our business. 

Our offering to you  

  • You’ll be joining a diverse and inclusive employer whose people are at the heart of our business. Our development pathways for our employees provides hugely diverse opportunities in terms of role, specialisation or location. 
  • You’ll also be part of a business that was named the Most Admired Aerospace & Defence Company in the Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2021 study. 
  • We have 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. 
  • We explore multiple domains of application - Air, Space, Land and Maritime throughout the life cycle - from concept through development and operation to disposal. 
  • We have practitioners at all levels up to and including internationally recognised individuals. Our blended approach to learning means you’ll have access to formal training, mentoring, and assisted self-development and on the job training. 
  • Excel, and your potential will be spotted. Our continuing professional development covers all career stages and levels of seniority. 
  • With our Adaptive approach, you can work the way you want – flexibly, on-site, remotely or via hybrid working. 


Why we’re different

Our people. Our employees make the critical difference to customers by providing unique answers which combine technical expertise, deep domain knowledge and rigorous independent thinking.


Our independence. QinetiQ is not a manufacturer, and we stand apart from the supply chain. It’s our rigorous independent thinking that helps our customers achieve their goals.


Our breadth of capability. Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know we are uniquely placed to understand these issues and work with them to ensure the success of their mission or reach their objectives.


Our relationships with customers. Our prized possession is trust. Customers around the world rely on the drive and dedication of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where there is no second chance for failure.


Our partnerships. We use partnerships and alliances to accelerate compelling business development strategies and sustainable earnings growth. By licensing our intellectual property we reduce implementation and sales risk, and speed up time-to-market by using third party sales channels.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum. 

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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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 


About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.