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Project Manager

Date: 07-Jan-2022

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 6000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

We are currently looking for an experienced Project Manager with diverse industry experience to help develop and grow our business to join our Engineering Services business, based in Melbourne. 


This role will be responsible for the project management of tasks in our R&D & Integration Facility portfolios, within the Engineering Services Program. The role will support early TRL (Technology Readiness Level) projects in power and energy, space, and materials R&D.  Additionally the role will be involved in higher TRL projects involving integration, design for manufacture and production.  The role is intended to be a mixture of hands on PM and providing leadership and guidance to PMs with less experience.


As a Project Manager your responsibilities will include:


  • Lead and provide assurance of performance for multiple projects
  • Plan, Manage and Review outcomes of Project Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Resource, Communication and Risk
  • Develop and maintain detailed project plans (e.g. safety management, risk management, communications, configuration management, etc), budgets and schedules against configured baselines
  • Identify required project resources (includes human, material and facilities)
  • Implement and adhere to all relevant policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Project Management policies and processes under the QinetiQ Project Management Framework
  • Manage project scope and change control and escalate issues where required
  • Monitor project actuals, progress and performance
  • Use Earned Value methodologies, in the context of high paced, fixed price projects, to track, report and act on project performance
  • Provide project status reports and progress reviews to either client, Program Manager, Program Director, General Manager or all as required
  • Ensure administrative management deliverables are met, including invoice requests and resource projections;


To be successful in the role of Project Manager you will require:


  • Vocational qualification (Certificate IV) in Project Management (preferably endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management or an International equivalent body), supported by relevant discipline experience (minimum 7 years), supporting projects within a complex environment; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline supported by relevant discipline experience (minimum 7 years), supporting projects within a complex environment; or
  • Ability to solicit, support and coordinate efforts of a diverse team of technical and functional experts
  • Project management experience within a large complex project or program of projects in a systems engineering driven environment or equivalent.
  • Developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in building and maintaining stakeholder relations to influence and lead decision makers;


Ideally you would also have experience in some or all of the following:


  • Technical, commercial, industry and management experience, gained within relevant sectors of technology development or Defence;
  • Prior experience leading and managing a diverse, matrixed and geographically dispersed team of people across a range of engineering, technical  and PM disciplines
  • Domain experience in R&D, technology development, Defence or defence related industry at a low to middle level discipline leader or equivalent.


Applicants MUST be eligible to obtain an Australian Government security clearance.


Working alongside world-leading defence scientists our Integrated Engineering Services division offers multi-disciplinary professional engineering services supported by in-house manufacturing capabilities, to solve challenging engineering problems for our Defence Science and Technology clients.


Life at QinetiQ


Our people and our culture make QinetiQ a great place to work, we value integrity, collaboration and performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market. We celebrate our differences and incorporate diversity and inclusion into everything we do. 


QinetiQ is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice, and past winner of the Defence Teaming Centre Employer of Choice Awards.


We look after our people and have an attractive compensation package which supports all our employees through different stages of their careers, some of these include:

  • Individual Professional Development Allocation
  • Flexible Working
  • Salary Continuance (Income Protection)
  • Loyalty Leave
  • Leave Purchase
  • Up to 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave
  • Study Leave (Up to 5 days paid leave per year)
  • Performance based rewards
  • Salary Sacrifice and Novated Leasing
  • Referral bonuses
  • Dress for your day


A full list of our employee benefits and further information can be found here: *eligibility requirements apply.   




As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work,  meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Gender Equality Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan we also encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.