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Senior Project Manager

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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.

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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.

Job description/Person specification:

QinetiQ are seeking to appoint a Senior Project Manager to work within our Advanced Services and Products Business (AS&P), with responsibility for leadership of delivery of projects and bids for both MOD and Commercial Customers. AS&P also manages a portfolio of internal investment projects and collaborations with academia.

Key Accountabilities:

Accountable the Programme Manager for: developing compelling value for money propositions in response to assigned customer requirements and leading their closure to contract. Responsible for the delivery of projects safely; within agreed budgets and schedule; ensuring compliance all applicable International & National Regulations and Standards, meeting targets set by the business for agreed milestone delivery performance, customer satisfaction score, financial forecast variances and delivery margins.

Successful outcomes of this role:

  • Managing a portfolio of projects, reconciling conflicting requirements to optimise the resources, maximise turnover & profit whilst achieving customer acceptance on time, first time.
  • Managing internal stakeholders in a matrix organisation
  • Managing a wide disparate group of external Stakeholders.


  • Managing a portfolio of projects, reconciling conflicting requirements to optimise the resources, maximise turnover & profit whilst achieving customer acceptance on time, first time.
  • Managing internal stakeholders in a matrix organisation
  • Management of a wide disparate group of external Stakeholders

Person Specification

Essential Education/Qualifications and Training:

  • Graduate in Engineering, Business or Project Management Discipline or with demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • APMPQ or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Able to hold and maintain a UK MOD SC Clearance

Essential Knowledge, Skills/Experience:

  • Good understanding of the Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BoK) and at least 3 years’ experience in its application and able to apply it in design, delivery and support environment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of the APM competencies
  • The ability to assimilate and re-communicate technical content..

Essential Personal Qualities/Behavioural Requirements:

  • Excellent communication, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Leadership and the ability to influence outcomes in QinetiQ's favour.
  • Excellent collaboration skills able to work with multiple external stakeholders as well as internal stakeholders in a matrix organisation.
  • Proactive with the enthusiasm, drive and initiative necessary to maintain the lead over the competition and maximise QinetiQ growth.

Desirable Criteria:

  • MAPM or membership equivalent professional body, with a demonstrable track record of Continuous Professional Development are highly desirable.
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner is desirable.
  • MSP Practitioner is desirable.

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. 

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. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
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