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Project/Program Managers

Date: 21-Jul-2021

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 6000 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.

QinetiQ is currently looking to employ Skill Level 4 (Expert) and a Skill Level 3 (Advanced Practitioner) Project Managers to work within the Defence environment. QinetiQ supports a significant spectrum of project engagements within Defence, ranging from business feasibility studies, conceptual analysis, test & evaluation, and conformance activities, through to systems integration. The Project Manager, as part of QinetiQ Advisory Services, will provide leadership and hands-on capabilities assisting Navy, Army, and Air force, in addition to enabling Groups including CASG, ASD and CIOG, to support acquisition, military and business operations. Defence has a number of programs, projects and other key strategic business initiatives to plan, deliver, and sustain capabilities. QinetiQ are therefore seeking Project Managers that have the ability to demonstrate experience in speciality areas, as well as those that have more broad–based capabilities.


As a Project Manager your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide holistic oversight, direction and coordination of Defence project engagements from concept to retirement
  • Plan, manage and evaluate programs, operations, and processes
  • Conduct research by sourcing information from across Defence
  • Analyse complex data sets and systems
  • Identify trends; prepare reports, recommendations and advice
  • Support the Capability Life Cycle as required, and
  • Delivering urgent or high level tasking across projects.


Experience working within Defence, or a Defence related industry is a positive, though consideration to applicants with a background in large-scale engagements, either other Government Agencies, or major Private Sector organisations will be considered. Other desired experience includes:

  • Knowledge of the project management capability lifecycle, or industry equivalent
  • Experience in planning, development, and delivery of Defence or similar engagements
  • Project management experience within complex project, or program of projects
  • Working within Australian Government Departments experience or Defence Industry
  • Developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in building and maintaining stakeholder relations to influence and lead decision makers, and
  • Hold AIPM, PMI, or equivalent Project Management qualifications


Applicants MUST be eligible to obtain an Australian Government security clearance.

The nature of the information that practitioners in this role handle or may be exposed at Defence dictate the necessity for security clearances issued by the Australian Government.  As such it is a requirement that all applicants currently hold, or are eligible to obtain a security clearance.

QinetiQ Advisory Services

In our Advisory Services division, everything starts with a problem that needs a solution. We act as an independent, technical partner for customers looking to procure defined services and develop specific capabilities. We help them diagnose, rationalise and solve intractable problems by providing analysis, advice and assurance, enabling our customers to make sound decisions about cost, time and performance.

Life at QinetiQ

Our people and our culture make QinetiQ a great place to work, we value integrity, collaboration and performance.

QinetiQ is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice, Work180 Endorsed Employer for Women and past winner of the Defence Teaming Centre Employer of Choice Awards.

We look after our people are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market. We celebrate our differences and incorporate diversity and inclusion into everything we do. Our salary and benefits package is designed to make sure we support our diverse group of employees through the different stages of their life and careers.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Annual professional development allocation and study leave;
  • Flexible working options that suit you;
  • Leave purchase scheme to balance what’s important to you;
  • Loyalty leave,  earn extra days of annual leave up to an additional 10 days per year;
  • Performance bonus awards for individual and company success;
  • Salary continuance Insurance, protecting you financially during times of ill health;
  • Cultural or Religious day of significance leave to observe days of significance to you;
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave with no minimum qualifying period;
  • Dress for your day, no formal dress code just wear what feels good and suits your day;
  • Give back with an annual volunteering day;
  • Save money with our travel club and discounted health insurance options; and,
  • Be supported with employee assistance services and family violence leave.


A full list of our employee benefits and further information 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.