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Site Operations Manager

Date: 23-Jun-2022

Location: Isle of South Uist, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Hebrides - Operations Manager Job Description:


As the Site Operations Manager you will be accountable to the Head of Site for assuring the established Operational sub elements of the Hebrides Range are demonstrably compliant with the MOD Authority and HS&E legislation.
As part of this role you will work closely with the site Operations & Engineering Teams, Customer facing Projects and Capability Investments Projects to understand the future demand requirements for the business unit, ensuring prioritisation across the site teams to enable customer outputs.

The post holder will also be required to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders to ensure their needs and those of the Hebrides Range are represented in all phases of Operational output planning.

Key Accountabilities:
• Ensuring the availability of detailed staff & facility demand plans that enable safe and effective Operational output for the business priorities.
• Oversight of team outputs for Security, Emergency Planning & Response, and contracted supplier management to ensure they align with business and MOD authority compliance requirements.
• Authorise Hazardous Activities in the absence of the Head of Site based on analysis of evidence presented.

• Provide the Head of Site with overarching assurance status by monitoring and evaluating the day to day output of the Range. Coordinating the collation of demonstrable evidence via Business Assurance tools.

• Ensuring availability of 3rd party enabling assets required for the delivery of Range Operations

Specific Responsibilities:
• Functional Leadership of assigned staff.

• Assuring that the Site facilities comply with Environment, Health & Safety, Security and Accreditation standards – Coordinating and maintaining the assurance data set across the responsible management cells.

• Functional Liaison with Trials and Investment Project Managers to validate future demand plan – aligned and de-conflicted facility and people resource against Programme/Project definition.

• Preparation of site Enablement demand plans to ensure resourcing of core operational compliance tasking
• Act as initial site focal point supporting Integrated Capture (Sales) and Delivery teams (Contracted Projects) with proposals, delegating actions to define options to meet the customer requirement. Specifically representing risks and opportunities during bid phase.
• Oversight of 3rd Party contracts required to support the site Operations.

• Point of contact for external stakeholders relevant to Range estate and Operational conduct such as Townships, National Trust for Scotland and Defence Estates
• Support the Head of Site with KPI measurement and reporting.
• Monitoring pipeline demand and contracted output pro-actively identifying variances and solutions in preparation for periodic Supply & Demand business reviews.
•Driving collaboration within site and wider business to embrace and drive opportunities for continuous improvement
•Delivering to the QinetiQ objectives, vision and Strategy


Successful Outcomes:
• Provision of world class Air Range Test, Trials, Training and Evaluation (T3E) facilities that efficiently delivers Customer requirements to the highest level of Health & Safety, Governance and Security to the satisfaction of our Customers, MOD Authority, HSE and BSi.
• Maintain QinetiQ position for providing leading edge T3E Facilities and services.
• Delivering to the QinetiQ Group strategy, and associated Business Unit strategic aims
• Growth and collaboration with all Range users

Knowledge, Skills and Personal Qualities Required:
• Good knowledge of Health & Safety, Governance and Security
• A good working background in Engineering or other Technical/Safety discipline

• Advanced communication and presentation skills for all levels of audience engagement

Essential Qualifications:
• Candidates should have a generally good technical and/or scientific based education at ‘A’ level, ONC/HNC, OND/HND or Degree level.

• 5years+ experience in leading diverse teams

Desirable Qualifications/Experience:
• Project Planning tools
• SAP or equivalent business administration tools
• Working knowledge of Unmanned Air Systems Regulations and Operations
• Change Management
• Experienced in Operational delivery within a high Hazard and Safety critical envelope

Behavioural Requirements:
• Self-motivated and able to work without supervision
• Professional attitude to our customers, both internal and external
• Strength of character to uphold QinetiQ values regardless of the operational pressures
• Organised and methodical
• Open and honest team member




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.