Project Management Graduate - Early Careers 2024

Date: 10 Dec 2023

Location: Winfrith, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.


About the team

Project Management:

Project Managers work directly in our sectors, collaborating with our customers and our internal teams of experts to deliver cutting-edge solutions to performance, cost and time objectives. They help define the scope of a project, assist in planning how to deliver it, and then manage all resources to turn the plan into a reality. Project Managers have excellent communication and time management skills, the ability to foresee risks and overcome issues, and the determination to see projects through to a successful conclusion. You will be part of a project team and shadow a Project Manager to provide you with the experience and knowledge you require to develop.


Our Project Management Graduates rotate on four 6 monthly placements. Total duration being 2 years. These placements provide great exposure to different parts of the QinetiQ sectors and functional areas. This includes Project Management and our Project Management Office (PMO). We also provide the opportunity to apply for a placement with our QinetiQ Leadership Team if you so wish.


Our Project Management Graduate scheme provides a structured introduction to the profession, allowing you to develop your experience and knowledge with on-the-job learning. As your skills develop, you will progressively take on more responsibility until you are a fully competent QinetiQ Associate Project Manager, overseeing many of our projects with our diverse customer base.


What will I be doing? 

As part of the Graduate scheme, you could be responsible for activities such as;


Support Project/Programme and Portfolio Managers and teams

- Support with the delivery of project outputs, to agreed baseline, customer satisfaction, time, cost, and quality.

- Support Project Managers in reviews with their project team, and attend and support at customer meetings.

- Support with the maintenance of forecasts (both financial and resource demand signal) for projects and delivery which reflects the up-to-date expectations for the work.

- Support with the activities in the early stages of the lifecycle including working on proposals, estimates at the bid stage and attending reviews.

- Operating in a Safe & Secure manner.

- Embedding a culture in line with the QinetiQ values.


Support the Project Management Office (PMO) - Project Controls capability;

- Support to the Project Controls team with data and information to enable reporting and decision making, including highlighting inconsistencies in the data/information and recommending suitable actions.

- Support the following project controls activities within the project controls team; planning, scheduling, document control and other project control related activities.

- Working closely with Project Managers and project teams to monitor project finances, milestones, debtors, invoicing and cash collection.

- Support Project Controls improvement activity, and sharing knowledge skills and best practice.

- Work closely with Project Managers to support in developing and maintaining detailed resource loaded schedules of projects.

- Support the team in identifying major milestones, decision points, project life-cycle and other project events.

- Support with troubleshooting and monitor potential scheduling problems.

- Report on trends, forecasts, project contingency, and schedule risks and opportunities.


Academic requirements:

You will need to have obtained or be studying towards at least a 2:2 in a degree with a key focus on any of the disciplines listed below:

  • Project Management
  • Business (All)
  • STEM (All)


 Additional requirements:

  • Any experience in leadership roles; include hobbies, work or academic projects.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • You must have graduated no earlier than 2022 OR will graduate no later than 2024




In accordance with our National Security Vetting requirements, all applicants must also be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum. Please refer to this link for further guidance - UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


Please note that under immigrations rules, our Early Careers roles do not meet the legal threshold for candidates who are residents of the UK on student visas. 


Location(s): Winfrith, Dorchester





Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects. 


Diversity and inclusion

We believe in a workplace where everyone feels like they belong, one that provides a sense of inclusion across the entire organisation regardless of background, culture or identity.

To achieve this, we are building a workplace and culture where everyone can be authentic, feel valued and realise their full potential. We are inspired by each other, enjoying the exploratory journey we are on, and recognising the impact we have on the safety and security of the world around us. It helps build life-time relationships between QinetiQ and our people and is essential for our business performance.


Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We encourage good physical and mental health, which is critical to our collective and individual success. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success


Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.


About QinetiQ

With a focus on protecting the world around us, our goal is to be a Net-Zero company by 2050 or sooner and we have set near-term emissions reduction targets to help us deliver this ambition.

As part of our commitment to the environment, many of our sites have significant protected conservation areas of national and international importance.  We take our stewardship of these conservation areas very seriously, balancing complex trials with careful protection of rare flora and fauna across these 53 important locations.


Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of our identity.  


Come and find out how you can play your part.