Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Project Manager

Southampton. Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments. On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work, and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts. Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals. 

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Your story starts here!

You will gain a wide array of experience in your day to day role, however as part of the programme you will also complete a number of development modules and activities over a two year period. These modules and activities are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to realise your full potential. Leonardo is committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for chartership. 

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates completing our Graduate Development Programme. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our graduate roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges. If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!  

How this role fits in

You will be working in our Integrated Sensing and Protection line of business, based in Southampton.

The line of business integrates and supplies Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) & Force Protection electronic products and systems. We work at all stages of the lifecycle from research and development, through to production and support. We work closely with partners, suppliers and customers to deliver the best outcomes.

Role description

As a Project Management Graduate, you will be working on a wide range of important programmes working closely with an Integrated Project Team (IPT), which is comprised of a large, cross-functional skillset of engineers and professionals from across the business. You will complete set tasks and projects achieving the successful delivery of a solution that is compliant with Customer, Contractual and Legislative requirements. The successful candidate will take responsibility for the effective planning and management of team performance and project schedule, cost and quality for allocated work packages.

What you will do

  • Coordinating the activities of the IPT (Integrated Project Team) by establishing appropriate communication mechanisms, including meetings and reporting requirements.
  • Establish clear success criteria/ objectives for each member of the IPT and for the IPT as a whole, identify and manage the dependencies between IPT members.
  • Establish the tailored Lifecycle Management framework (Project Plans, work based schedules and Cost/Control Accounts) that governs the operation of the IPT
  • Manage the planning, allocation and deployment of team members and workload.
  • Ensuring the IPT is reviewed and adjusted in accordance with the changing needs of the Project.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and the achievement of the Project's economic-financial objectives, ensuring maximum value creation throughout the entire lifecycle of the Project within the contractual constraints/commitments agreed with the Customer.
  • Monitoring and Control of all activities and costs, defining and implementing corrective (or "recovery") actions required to tackle any deviations from the planned activities.
  • Manage and report the IPT's activities, including representation of the IPT at contract status reviews.
  • Organise and coordinate internal Phase Reviews, Customer reviews and supplier reviews and manage all resultant actions to closure.
  • Conduct effective Risk and Opportunity Management, ensuring that all risks and opportunities are recorded, managed and tracked to closure. Where mitigation activities are required, ensure that adequate support is provided to ensure they are undertaken.
  • Establish, develop and maintain relationships with Suppliers throughout the entire lifecycle of the Project
  • Establish and maintain Internal/ external Customer Satisfaction by developing and maintaining relationships with the
  • Customer community throughout the entire lifecycle of the Project.
  • Establish an effective partnership between the Project and the Functions.
  • Flag all issues/ areas for support in a timely manner.

What we are looking for

Mandatory

Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.

Qualifications

All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD. In all cases the subject should be Engineering, other STEM, Business or Project Management.

Highly desirable

  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office applications
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to think laterally
  • Pro-active and results driven with a "can do" attitude

How will we support you?

We want to support you and encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Accelerated graduate performance reviews
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking

What are you waiting for?

Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD,  come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around!

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

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