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Project Manager - System Integration and Assurance

Date: 25-Nov-2022

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To Project Manage a range of projects to agreed time, cost and quality criteria whilst supporting the strategic goals of the Business. Support the continuous improvement of business and project management processes in a matrix organisation.

You will be part of a business providing support to customers delivering maritime capability including combat systems, communication systems and information systems.


Job description/Person specification:

You will be managing a multi-disciplined team of highly specialised engineers across various locations developing, integration and gaining acceptance of complex development projects in the Maritime domain. The projects include ‘in-house’ development and customer friend activities.


Key Accountabilities:

 Responsible to the System Integration and Assurance Programme Manager, you will provide leadership of the whole project and engineering team for the safe and effective deliveries of development projects; responsibilities include:

• Meeting contractual obligations

• Achieving excellent customer satisfaction

• Delivery of project to time, cost and quality

• Production of open, accurate and timely financial and workload forecasts to support planning within the business

• Build relationships to enable successful engagement with a broad range of stakeholders (external and internal) often with competing interests

• Management of subcontracts, some with significant development work

• Application of appropriate project governance in-line with the QinetiQ Operating Framework

• Develop and maintain key project documents including Project Management Plan, Risk Register and Project Reporting Pack

• With the nominated Lead Engineers, leadership of projects through the system engineering lifecycle, ensuring that the lifecycle artefacts (business cases, documents, design reviews, etc.) are produced as required

• Promotion of best practice within your projects and ensure that previous lessons learnt are adopted and new lessons identified for future benefit

• In conjunction with your Programme Manager, develop any appropriate follow on work including proposal writing


Key Capabilities/Knowledge:


• Drive and determination to achieve successful project delivery overcoming problems and issues as they arise and preferably beforehand

• Track record of successful delivery of development, build and system integration of projects

• Teamwork - 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.

• Good problem solving abilities

• Open, honest and enthusiastic team member

• Good communication and interpersonal skills

• Able to exercise good commercial judgement

• An understanding of budgeting and resource allocation


APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)  or equivalent professional qualification is essential.

Able to hold and maintain a UK MOD SC Clearance



• An understanding of the wider Defence and Security context

• Knowledge of Maritime domain

• Experience and success of supporting winning bids.

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.