Project Manager in Filton, England, United Kingdom



The Job

Join an integral part of the UK's Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces' equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country's armed forces deliver on operations at home and abroad, apply now!

Are you an experienced Project Manager, with an interest in Defence and the Armed Forces? Do you have experience leading teams and projects in Procurement, Commercial or Operations Management and are looking to develop your career in Project Management? Would you find it exciting to work with military colleagues and industry on some of the most important and challenging work the UK Government is undertaking? If so, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

Both the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) and Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) have exciting opportunities for Project Managers across Land, Air, Maritime and Submarine domains. You may be responsible for projects, including the development of the nation's future submarines, the procurement or upgrade of fast jets, ships, helicopters or armoured vehicles and managing the delivery of food, support vehicles, small arms, Special Forces equipment and clothing.

Great Delivery is a key element of our vision for the future at DE&S/SDA and, as part of our Project Management function, you will be tasked with the delivery of equipment and support in order to keep our Armed Forces supplied with what they need to achieve their operations. From fighter jets, armoured vehicles, aircraft carriers and submarines, to weapons and ammunition, you will be play your part in the procurement and support of our Armed Forces' equipment. You will play a pivotal part in the delivery of projects, working as the lead Project Manager on a complex project or programme, taking ownership and accountability for delivery against requirements, managing colleagues in a matrix organisation and influencing external industry to perform to plan.

Essential Experience

  • Demonstrable experience establishing, leading and managing high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams in successfully delivering complex projects

Other Relevant Experience

  • Proven record of pro-actively building and sustaining relationships
  • Persuasive negotiator and influencer of stakeholders
  • Developing business cases for projects/programmes, documenting the outcomes to achieve, the requirements to meet, and the required budget and timescale for completion
  • Driving the timely establishment of effective contract(s) to enable the required project contribution from suppliers, monitoring and managing contract performance to ensure contractual commitments (product and services) met
  • Implementing project controls by leading governance reviews and taking effective corrective action. Managing risks, assumptions, issues, dependencies, opportunities
  • Communicating complex analysis and issues, simply and effectively

What's in it for you?

A generous benefits package including employer pension contributions of up to 21% of salary (excluding personal contribution), annual bonuses, flexible working pattern, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year (up to 30 days), an onsite gym, restaurants, cafes and more.

About DE&S/SDA and your team

We are currently recruiting vacancies across both DE&S and the SDA. If successful, you may be assigned to either depending on your skillsets and the business need.

DE&S is a specialised branch of the MoD, with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From procurement of aircraft carriers to the provision of food, we ensure our armed forces have the equipment and support needed to achieve their operations. We employ over 12,000 people across more than 150 locations around the world.

The SDA is an Executive Agency of the MoD responsible for procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK's nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance, ensuring the security of the UK's continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1400 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

The Project Management Function provides a pipeline of project professionals to deliver our complex programme of work. The breadth of what our Project Managers do, means a career with us provides a fantastic level of variety and ability to develop your career. From developing the nation's future submarines to acquiring armoured vehicles, our work is at the forefront of fast-paced, cutting-edge project delivery.

Selection process details

Upload your CV which demonstrates the following areas (for assessment):

  • Key Achievements
  • Career History
  • Applied Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Things you need to know

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

Open to UK, Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA nationals. Due to security reasons, some of these posts are reserved for sole UK nationals only.

* * * Please note that the closing date for applications is Sunday 26th January 2020 * * *

Matchtech Group Plc is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

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