Programme Manager

Date: 18 Feb 2024

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:       Programme Manager
Location:       Farnborough or Salisbury

Package:       Excellent Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:     Full Time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF13507


About the role
The Research and Technology Development Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) is a key part of QinetiQ’s newly formed Science and Technology business within QinetiQ’s UK Defence Sector. It delivers a wide variety of exciting projects and programmes to the UK MoD, UK defence companies and commercial customers. Our activities and projects range from cutting edge innovative research, experimentation, testing, developing new capability and future focussed consultancy. The majority of the team are based in Farnborough, Cody Technology Park and our Malvern site although the team also work remotely or taking a hybrid approach.


Accountabilities of the Programme Manager

This senior role will be responsible for leading the growth and delivery of some novel defence projects. This is an area which has been expanding rapidly over the past couple of years, and is strategically important for QinetiQ UK Defence & the MoD as they seek to meet future challenges.


The role will include close engagement with many external and internal stakeholders to be successful including; their direct delivery team and Technical leads, direct with customers, MoD, Supply Chain & Resource Managers. The projects will include a fascinating and diverse range of technical topics, which offers the successful candidate a great opportunity to build wider relationships within QinetiQ, customers and suppliers.


  • Delivery of standard or complex programmes minimum £5m revenue per annum.
  • Development and maintenance of positive engagement with programme customers, partners and suppliers.
  • 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.
  • 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 sales and delivery work.


This role is full-time, 37 hours per week and we offer flexible, adaptive working options, with typically two to three days working from home. The ability and willingness to travel to various sites is required.


 Essential experience of the Programme Manager


  • Leadership: establishing the vision and direction for the portfolio 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.
  • Stakeholder Management: identifying, planning and implementing actions to positively engage parties with an interest in, or influence over, the portfolio outcomes.
  • Human Resource Management: supporting functional teams (including HR) to develop and manage our people in line with legal requirements and QinetiQ policy.
  • 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.
  • 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 A
  • Experience gained 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.

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

Our Benefits

  • Flexible, adaptive working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more

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.