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Senior Program Manager

Date: Mar 13, 2023

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Company: QinetiQ

It’s an exciting time to be part of QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.

If there is alignment between your skills and the opportunities currently available, we will be contact.  Should there not be anything suitable at present, with your permission, we will keep your CV on file for consideration as future roles become available.

The Senior Program Manager will support our Land Systems Division with a focus on the following areas:.

  • Act as primary customer interface for all program aspects and lead program reviews to discuss technical, cost and schedule activities.
  • Create program plans including the development of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) for management of scope to ensure alignment with contract requirements, budgets, and internal commitments.
  • Monitor and assess program performance against plan (schedule and financial) using and Earn Value (EV), identify risk and scope changes, develop and implement corrective action when necessary to initiate program changes. Maintain MS Schedule regularly.
  • Control expenditures per the project budget and report monthly on project budget to actual performance via the Estimate to Complete (ETC) process.
  • Understand the role and responsibility of each program team member, and through expert communication and leadership skills, establish a common understanding among team members on scope, schedule, and financial objectives.
  • Work with functional managers to develop program resource plans. Direct assigned program resources.
  • Work closely with the Business Development, Engineering, Operations, and Finance departments to support proposal efforts, contract negotiation and award.


To Land This Job, You Need:

  • Minimum of 10 years of Project Lead experience with Department of Defense customers
  • B.S /B.A. in Engineering, Science Mathematics or equivalent
  • Proven track record of managing programs with challenging technical, schedule, and cost requirements as well as complex customer and subcontractor relationships.
  • Must have hands on experience creating and maintaining plans in MS Project.
  • Must have experience managing with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS)
  • Possess excellent people and leadership skills – must be capable of leading a team of technical personnel from different functions and foster collaboration and excel at conflict resolution.
  • Strong customer management skills - must be capable of managing a customer to assure the customer’s needs are met without incurring scope growth.
  • Ability to perfume scope/requirements analysis – must be capable of working with a customer to translate the customer’s wants and needs to top level scope and requirements.
  • Estimating – must be capable of working with subject matter experts to develop estimates for duration and cost.
  • Develop and maintain schedule/budgets – must know how to develop a WBS and translating that to a Microsoft Project schedule and identify budgets for all work packages in the WBS.  Use EMVS to track progress and performance
  • Hands-on project experience in design, development, test, installation, and/or repair of hardware is highly desirable
  • Familiar with DOD/MIL standards and the military equipment acquisition and qualification process.
  • Excellent computer skills with a strong proficiency in Windows platform, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio), Microsoft Project, knowledge of Deltek CostPoint or similar MRP/ERP software systems, Jira, Windchill.
  • Excellent analytical, project management and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated execution of programs using Earned Value.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively to promote collaboration among the program team.
  • Exceptional leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Familiar with Agile methodology
  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 15%


Job Type:  Full Time


Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:

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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.