Project Controls Manager

Date: 16 Sep 2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:                     Project Controls Manager

Location:                     Bristol, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Farnborough, UK

Package:                     Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type:                   Full time / Permanent

Role ID:                       SF15590


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Project Controls Manager at our Farnborough site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


The role

As a Programme Controller, you’ll be responsible for leading controls disciplines for a Business area within UK Defence PMO, ensuring consistency is delivered in this area across all projects and programmes.


Day-to-day, you will build a team of competent controllers and promote the work of the PMO. You will provide controls services to a high and consistent standard, ensure effective and efficient data management to feed consistent reporting across the sector and at all levels. You will integrate controllers into projects, programmes and bids to achieve effective and efficient delivery in order to achieve profitable growth.


  • Capability: Responsible for implementing and operating the strategy for their professional capability in line with the UK Defence and PMO requirements
  • Technical Expertise: Significant knowledge of the development and delivery of complex project controls (reporting, monitoring and control) using proprietary tools, specifically PPM2016 and SAP – to enable the successful delivery of Projects and Programmes.
  • Customer: Develop key relationships with customers (Internal/External), to enable their profession’s capability to meet future customer and business needs.
  • Build a team with the right skills and competencies to meet current and future demands in order to deliver excellent results to customers and predictable outcomes for QinetiQ.
  • Systems, Tools and Processes: To develop with the business appropriate systems, tools and processes to allow cost effective and efficient work practices.
  • Services: Provision of effective and efficient Controls services to the assigned Business.

This role is full-time, with an adaptive working arrangement.


Essential experience of the Project Controls Manager

  • Able to quickly recognise interventions needed to drive change and performance
  • Experience of developing and functionally managing others and building effective teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, able to engage with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • Demonstrable experience working on a diverse range of projects and programme
    Proven leadership and capability development in project organisations to meet specific objectives
  • Director level stakeholder engagement and leadership (both within and external to QinetiQ) to ensure successful delivery of complex projects and programmes
  • MAPM or commitment to become so


Qualifications for the Project Controls Manager

  • Prince2 Qualification, desirable

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

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible 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.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave.
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.


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.


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. 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.