Programme Manager

Date: 27 Sep 2023

Location: London, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Programme Manager
Location:        London, SE1 + Adaptive Working Arrangement 
Package:        Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full time / Permanent or Fixed Term Contract 
Role ID:          SF15509

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


QinetiQ’s National Security business delivers innovative technology solutions to help our partners protect national interests. We are mission focused, and thrive on bringing together a blend of engineering, scientific and technology related experts. Further to recent acquisitions and investment in the areas of National Security Advisory Services, Intelligence and Security Solutions and Data Intelligence, our business is set to scale-up our capability for how we collaborate and innovate with our customers.


The Role
As a Programme Manager reporting to the National Security Advisory Services Business Lead, you will lead a portfolio of work that includes a mix of research, technical and business consultancy and framework management:


  • Delivering portfolio outcomes (customer satisfaction, orders, revenue, margin)
  • Leading engagement with customers, partners and suppliers
  • Ensuring suitable governance and controls are in place to manage risk; always conscious of operating in a Safe & Secure manner
  • Leading resource planning – managing demand forecasts, supporting recruitment and retention plans, and making prioritisation decisions
  • Ensuring accurate management information is generated, maintained and reported


This position is full time, based at our office on the Albert Embankment, with an adaptive working arrangement:  a mix of office, WFH and regular visits to client-sites, which are in close proximity to the  office.


Esssential skills and experience of the Programme Manager

  • Experience leading portfolios, programmes or complex projects to different customers
  • Delivery of technology focused research and solutions
  • Understanding of Defence and National Security industries
  • Use of P3M and business management software/data to drive decision-making and achieve successful outcomes; therefore experienced in making trade-off decisions to balance cost/schedule/scope
  • Stakeholder Management; ability to manage a breadth of internal and external relationships; being able to identify, plan and implement actions to positively engage parties with an interest in, or influence over, the portfolio outcomes
  • Leadership; leading multi-disciplinary teams; being able to create an environment where a group of people with diverse personalities, skills, experiences and perspectives are empowered to collaborate towards a common goal
  • Human Resource Management; supporting functional teams (including HR) to develop and manage our people in line with legal requirements and QinetiQ policy
  • Commercial Management; able to identify and apply different contracting approaches; understanding of commercial risks and methods to mitigate them
  • Business Development; building trusted relationships that enable follow-on sales to be generated and new leads to be identified; ability to understand our customer’s challenges.


Qualifications of the Programme Manager
We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education. You might have gained a degree in a related field. You might not.  You might  instead be able to demonstrate how you have trodden the path for yourself - gathering the skills and experience required to be successful in this role. Provided you can show the required level of knowledge and experience then we would really like to hear from you. 


The successful candidate will be a sole UK national who holds, or is able to achieve the highest levels of UK Government security clearance. For further information please visit United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applicant - GOV.UK (


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.

Application Guidance

Every time someone joins the company, there is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective. We are always eager to continue to diversify our team. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive.


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 are happy to talk about flexible, adpative 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 a 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.