Programme Manager

Date: 5 May 2024

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:               Programme Manager

Location:               Malvern

Package:               Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type:             Full-time / Permanent

Role ID:                 SF16667


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Programme Manager at our Malvern site where you will have the opportunity to work on mission-led innovative programmes with many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


The Role

As a Programme Manager you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary. You will be responsible for the effective management delivery of one or more Programme(s) within the UK Intelligence Sector for defence and national security customers. In addition, you will be expected to develop and grow customer relationships, lead major bids, support complex bids, secure associated follow-on sales and successfully contribute to the overall strategy and business targets.


Day-to-day, you’ll:

  • Develop and maintain positive engagement with programme customers, partners and suppliers.
  • Delivery of the Programme outcomes, to agreed baseline (customer satisfaction, time, cost, quality, cash and sales).
  • Ensure programme members operate in line with the Operating Framework and functional competency management requirements; and have appropriate personal objectives recorded in the QinetiQ performance management system.
  • Resolve conflicts (including prioritisation calls) within the programme and collaborating across QinetiQ.
  • Lead the embedding of improvement in the QinetiQ project and programme management function, as agreed with IDT Leads and the Performance Excellence team.
  • Maintain 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 and independent reviews as appropriate) for foundation sales and delivery work.
  • Report progress on all accountabilities to Business Lead (or their delegate).


Whilst based at our Malvern site, travel to the customer location will be required.  The role will be delivered by working 4-5 days at a QinetiQ or the customer’s location.


Essential experience of the Programme Manager:

  • Experience leading a business, projects, programmes, portfolios or P3 function; successfully delivering complex programmes.
  • Experience leading programmes to numerous customers.
  • Proven track record in delivering complex engineering projects, dealing with demanding timescales, uncertainty and risk.
  • Able to manage multiple stakeholders, PMs and subcontractors simultaneously.
  • Being able to establish the vision and direction for the programme to influence and align others towards this common purpose and empower and inspire people to achieve success.
  • Change Management experience being able to develop and enact 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.


Qualifications of the Programme Manager:

  • APM Qualfied, or a similar professional accreditation.
  • Demonstrable capability to International Project Management Association Level A.

Please note that all applicants for this role must obtain a current DV 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.


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.

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.