Project Controls Manager

Ref: ZR_6515_JOB  ·  Posted on 11 October 2021


  • Our client is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets.
  • Our client also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at facilities in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Our client is a technology company focused on Defence, Aerospace and Cyber & Intelligence with sites across the UK; in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • A fully owned subsidiary of a company in the US, a listed technology company, they have been in the UK, in one form or another, for more than 100 years.
  • Currently, they contribute £700 million* to the UK economy and are responsible for 10,000 jobs within the company and within the supply chain.
  • They are strongly committed to investing in the UK and are ambitious to double the size of the business in the UK in the next five years.
  • Achieving this will involve continued investment in skills and training as well as people and technology in order to ensure that everyone can share in a secure and productive future.
  • The increase in data and connectivity is growing exponentially. This brings many positives, but it also brings considerable threats, too. They work with partners in this dynamic environment to ensure they deliver the right solutions.
Key responsibilities
  • Provide Line Management to Project Controls Staff across the business area by assigning priorities, validating results, providing guidance, managing professional development, undertaking goal setting and providing guidance to team members in line with best practice including on-boarding and upskilling of new staff.
  • Lead the creation, maintenance and reporting on detailed, resource loaded Schedules within the CST business area supported by Quantifiable Back-up Data (QBD) to objectively estimate forecasts and measure performance.
  • Oversee, in conjunction with Finance, Programme Managers (PMs) and Cost Account Managers (CAMs), the production of weekly &monthly reports in line with the programme and business reporting calendar, providing details on progress, actuals, forecast and explanation of variances.
  • Lead the Special Mission Aircraft Programme Planning team who will be responsible for developing and maintaining a Master Schedule for each aircraft input, monitoring and reporting progress and rescheduling / rephasing tasks as required, including provision of detailed job instructions & workcards to the hangar Operations team, on a rolling weekly basis, in line with the requirements of the Part M CAMO provided Work Order and the Master Schedule.
  • Oversee a team responsible for ensuring that the technical / design data, parts and resources are in place to ensure the allocated work can be completed at the specified time. Progress against the plan shall be monitored and reported by the Planning Team in line with the detailed Master Schedule.
  • Ensure adequate Programme Controls and scheduling capacity for the business area by recruiting skilled and effective Scheduling and Controls resources.
  • Provide effective management and development of Scheduling and Controls staff to provide high quality Schedule and performance information to help key decisions and limit surprises.
  • Act as the primary interface for Program Controls strategy and services by developing strong relationships with key stakeholders within the CST business area.
  • Perform Schedule reviews in support of the ERA and Gate 5 process.
  • Work with CST Business area Leaders regarding future business resourcing needs to be able to recruit, assign and prioritise workload amongst Controls Team to meet demands of the business and on some occasions at short notice.
  • Act as a senior member of the PMX functional Programme Controls Leadership Team to lead and support functional initiatives.
  • Undertake ad hoc duties and delegate as required for the Head of Scheduling/Controls.
Skills & experience
  • Expert knowledge of Ms Project and other Microsoft Office applications (Excel. Word, PowerPoint).
  • Experience of working as a Subject Matter Expert in a Project Controls environment.
  • Self-motivated and Process oriented
  • Resilient - Able to operate effectively under stretching project constraints, pressure and displays sound judgment
  • Proactive Team builder who can motivate and lead by example with diverse project teams and stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge of best practice Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Ability to support and guide Programme Managers and their Teams Ability to multi-task, with good written and verbal communication skills across all levels of the business.
  • Ability to support, guide and influence project teams to ensure programmes are set up in accordance with the client’s standard practices and processes.
  • Commercial and Business awareness in a complex projects environment.

The client would also like to see some of the below, but this is not essential:

  • Experience of working with complex programmes in software, Aircraft design and maintenance, systems integration and similar type programmes.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of Risk & Opportunity Management Processes.
  • Experience of working within the Defence Industry.
  • Relevant professional qualifications

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Additional benefits
  • Health coverage
  • Income Protection
  • Investment/Retirement, including Student Loan Repayment Contribution
  • Work/Life
  • Extras
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