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Program Manager Intern

Project Management/Aerospace.

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Abaco Systems is a global leader in commercial open architecture computing and rugged embedded electronics. With more than 30 years of experience in aerospace & defence, industrial, energy, medical, communications and other critical sectors, Abaco’s innovative solutions align with open standards to accelerate customer success.  

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We have 30 years of experience in our industry

Abaco Systems is a subsidiary of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of more than $4.5 billion. 


Abaco Systems is an acknowledged leader in rugged embedded computing, especially in the military/aerospace market. Our products are used in hundreds of mission critical applications, where the performance and reliability we deliver can be a matter of life and death.

We work in an environment that is constantly evolving and learning is a way of life. This enables us to move forward at the pace required to keep up with new technology and the needs of our customers.  Our strategy puts our customers front and centre of everything we do: their success will drive our success.

If you see yourself being part of a growing organisation that’s making a real difference in the world, Abaco Systems is for you.


The purpose of the role is to experience Project/Programme Management on a selection of Military & Aerospace projects. The duration of the role is up to 12 months.


Our Project and Programme Managers are responsible for the delivery of Projects and Programmes inline with the business goals and objectives.

As a Project Manager at Abaco, you will be assigned to work with existing Project and Programme Managers on a range of products across the Abaco portfolio where you will work on real world products and customer issues.

We understand that you won’t have all the skills we require when you arrive, which is why the Project and Programme Management team, team leaders and engineers help coach and support you throughout the placement so that you can develop and achieve during your time with us.

We follow the APM methodology of Project Management to deliver projects and programmes on time, to budget and to the required quality. A number of tools are utilised to assist for which you will also gain real world exposure and potentially assist in improving. In the Project and Programme Management team, our work involves external and internal Customers.

External Customers are typically Tier 1 suppliers such as BAE Systems, Raytheon, MBDA, General Dynamics who manufacture cutting edge hardware for the military and aerospace sectors. Internal Customers comprise the development of new products to support Abaco’s long term strategy and technology roadmaps which are aligned with our external Customers future developments so that we can deliver new tech where it is needed, when it is needed and at the correct price point.

During the placement as part of their daily work, our interns will interact with groups outside of Project and Programme management, such as Product Managers, other engineering disciplines, supply chain and our production facility in order to support business activities and provide an exceptional product for our customers.

The twelve month internship will allow you to discover what we do and how we do it, and for us to learn from and about you. Our previous interns are our first port of call when looking for new graduates and our graduate scheme recognises the knowledge and experience that our returning interns bring back to the business.

At Abaco, we know that our people are our strength. We’re a team with a common goal – and we’re passionate about what we do, innovative, and open-minded.  We’re not just given responsibility – we’re actively encouraged take responsibility and make things happen. Oh, and – we have fun. If that sounds like your kind of organisation – why not join us?

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work within the Project and Programme Management team to develop and support a variety of internal and external projects and programmes
  • Gain knowledge of project tools and processes, for example, MS Project, JIRA, SAP and Agile development methodologies
  • Produce clear, timely and concise reports to senior stakeholders on project/programme performance
  • Get involved in all parts of the project management lifecycle from bidding to close out
  • Assist in developing and promoting best practice project and programme management techniques and methodologies
  • Ensure business activity is conducted in line with company values, policies & ethics code of conduct
  • Proactively promote and support the company’s compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Studying a Degree in Project/Programme Management or Planning disciplines
  • Knowledge of the APM/PMI/Prince2 theory and techniques
  • Desire to develop project management skills in a real life business environment
  • Good problem-solving and creative, solution-building skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding and Interest in applying project/programme management skills to military and aerospace products
  • An understanding of project/programme management tools.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Ability to contribute effectively to team-working and group discussions
  • Ability to work to timescales, achieve personal deadlines and contribute to team deadlines
  • Methodical approach, including checking of own work. Maintain an enthusiastic, organised and positive attitude to work, with a polite, respectful and professional demeanour at all times.
  • Effective communication, both verbal and written (internal and external).
  • Demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm for the technology domains encompassed by Abaco.

This is a 12-month Internship and you will need the ability to start at the end of July/beginning of August depending on the intake date.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive salary
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Towcester (Northamptonshire)
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  • Aerospace
  • Project Management

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