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Principal Project Controller

Date: 19-Jan-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title: Principal Project Controller (13588)
Location: Farnborough, UK

Company: QinetiQ


QinetiQ is currently offering an exciting opportunity to become a Principal Project Controller within the Marine & Land part of the business. This is an amazing opportunity to come into the business from project controls backgrounds to pursue a long-standing career within a leading global defence organisation. With the chance to take part in a hands-on training period, you’ll get an engaging understanding of the fantastic culture that’s synonymous with QinetiQ. You’ll also hit the ground running, meeting and working with colleagues in several areas of the business. You’ll gain practical experience and insights from working directly with various members of the project controls team.


After a period of training you’ll have the opportunity to progress within a hybrid working model which offers a fantastic work-life balance, whilst pursuing an exciting and varied career. You’ll work across projects of varying complexity, expense and timeframes meaning no one day may look the same. You’ll be working closely with the IDT team to deliver all aspects of controls, including scheduling, forecasting, managing of teams and reporting to various commercial customers/clients


There is an opportunity for training and development with the ideal candidate having an excellent attitude to learning & enthusiastic approach, with aspirations for a career and development within project controls.



What will I be doing?


Using your skills and experience you will be responsible for providing the delivery of management, planning, documentation and processes for various projects within the business. You'll be responsible for the delivery of project controls within an assigned team, under the leadership of a Senior Project/ Programme Manager or Senior Principal Project Controller.


You will be responsible for:


  • Monitoring and implementing of project design and improvement using project finances and reporting metrics.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to other members of the PCP&R and wider Delivery Support function
  • Contribute to the design and improvement of project support capability and process.
  • Day-to-day management and control of purchasing, planning, documentation, processing, scheduling, forecasting and reporting within various projects.
  • Introductory leadership skills leading to a range of small team leadership through task management, with eventual coaching and mentoring and/or Line Management if desired by the candidate
  • Providing project support to IDTs and other large and complex strategic programmes



What do I need?


You’ll need experience in some of the following areas. The criteria would be desirable, but not essential:

  • A degree of relevant certification would be highly desirable e.g:
  • Project controls Competency Framework (Foundation) or
  • APMP Introductory Certificate
  • Years’ experience working within a relevant field. There’s flexible consideration to relevant experience
  • Experience using systems such as MSP, PPM
  • Up-to-date systems experience is highly desirable e.g. EpicFlow, SAP, MS Project, Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and Sharepoint are highly desirable.
  • Experience of managing a team of professionals
  • Goof organisational skills with the ability to prioritise activities to manage workload and pressure effectively 
  • Awareness of the project lifecycle and record keeping skills would also be highly desirable criteria
  • A good understanding of project finances and reporting metrics
  • Intermediate process management skills




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 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.