Project Support Officer - MSP Canberra

Date: 31 Aug 2023

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 8,000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.

QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

With our continued growth, we are looking for talented Project Support Officer’s (PSO’s) to join our Canberra team, supporting our Major Service Projects (MSP) Division.


Our MSP Division, is part of a large and well respected consortium of independent, technical management partners, which include Nova Systems and PwC: supported by a range of specialist SMEs. The MSP portfolio covers the CASG Maritime, Land, Air and Joint Domains, employing over 800 individual management consultants in partnership with our Defence Clients. This long standing arrangement enables us to provide development pathways for our employees and hugely diverse opportunities in terms of role, specialisation or location. From contributing to the design specification of a new weapon system, establishing sustainment processes for critical defence material or working closely with the world’s most advanced Defence manufacturers.


We share and support Defence’s commitment to growing and improving Australia’s military capability. We do this by delivering large, long term, integrated work packages across the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), working closely with both uniformed and public service staff.


The opportunity

We have a range of different opportunities for PSOs in our Canberra Team, supporting a wide variety of Defence projects. As such, we will work with you to target the area that is of greatest interest to yourself and most beneficial to your future career with QinetiQ. We will also assist you with your transition into the role, and developing your skills as a Junior Project Manager through mentoring and targeted professional development.


As a PSO, your responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Preparation of correspondence, briefings, submissions and reports
  • Coordination and scheduling of a range of project activities
  • Working with external stakeholders to minimise impact to the project delivery schedule
  • Analysis of project performance against agreed plans and developing and initiating strategies to achieve project outcomes
  • Analysis of project plans and artefacts to ensure compliance with legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks


To be successful in the position of PSO, you will need to bring with you:

  • Previous experience in Project Coordination or Project Support  (ideal)
  • Relevant qualifications in Project Management or related discipline
  • The ability to build strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders and effective communication skills
  • A passion for learning and the ability to prioritise and multi-task while working independently or in a team
  • Strong attention to detail along with demonstrated planning and organisational skills


As part of our team, you’ll share our values of Performance, Collaboration and Integrity, and our purpose to protect the safety and security of our nation. You will also be part of a diverse and inclusive environment with an enviable culture which inspires our people to deliver their best work.


Applicants MUST be eligible to obtain an Australian Government security clearance. QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates


Life at QinetiQ

Are you ready to be part of a game-changing team leading the development of tomorrow’s technology? When you join QinetiQ, you’ll work alongside some of the industry’s most brilliant minds. We offer generous benefits to support you throughout each stage of your career, including industry-leading flexibility and generous performance rewards.  At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career. You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed. Some of our benefits include:


  • Individual Professional development allowance
  • Access to LinkedIn learning
  • Flexible work
  • Purchased leave program & loyalty leave
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave
  • Annual incentive scheme
  • Complimentary salary continuance insurance
  • Annual volunteering leave with Operation Give Back
  • Relaxed dress code


A full list of our employee benefits can be found here:


As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Gender Equality Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan we also encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people