Project Manager

Ref: ZR_6944_JOB  ·  Posted on 04 May 2022


Our client is a leading international aerospace, defence, and security company. They help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within four market sectors: Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.

They are looking for an experienced and dynamic Project Manager to deliver a portfolio of projects across engineering contracts, ensuring timely and cost-effective delivery of products and services to customers.

Our client is open to flexible working patterns and the ideal candidate will have experience within an engineering, mechanical, or construction environment. The project management team is made up of about 160 people, based throughout the Southwest. If this sounds like sounds like a good fit for you, apply now!

Our client needs you to support their drive for growth, supporting their teams through exciting and sometimes challenging situations. You’ll be one of their Project Managers, delivering a portfolio of complex projects across a number of engineering contracts and disciplines responsible for the timely and cost-effective delivery of products and services to their customers.

You’ll play a key role in growing their contracts and building strong customer relationships. You’ll drive growth and the role will bring bags of responsibility and the opportunity to work at the front of delivering some key UK Defence and Security contracts.

Key responsibilities
  • Working as a key member of the Prime Contract Office (PCO) which provides end-to-end delivery of all contract tasking and projects, you’ll report to a Senior Project Manager.
  • Project management of a portfolio of complex engineering projects ensuring that delivery teams understand cost, time and quality requirements and remain coordinated in their approach to delivering agreed scopes of work.
  • Providing end-to-end delivery throughout the project lifecycle, you’ll also be responsible for requirements capture, scoping, technical and commercial solutions and the generation of pricing models, gate review and proposal documentation.
  • Identifying, reviewing and applying lessons learnt as part of continuous improvement for future requirements.
  • Providing effective operational risk management to ensure that the business’ risk exposure is kept to a minimum and is effectively managed throughout the project.
  • Ensuring adherence to company standard project management methodology, APM and best practice within the project management profession.
  • Ensuring that effective change management is applied to projects, balancing flexibility to changing customer requirements with the need for robust commercial agreements.
  • Defining acceptance criteria for contracted deliverables and production of professional handover documentation to ensure timely close-out of milestones and projects as well as technical handover to our operational teams.
  • Production, presentation and reviewing of departmental management information including KPI data, regular finance reviews and Project Boards to ensure effective internal stakeholder management and stringent financial management.
  • Ensuring the regular updating of the Jira tasking programme used by the PCO to ensure that task workflows are appropriately managed and key updates are communicated with customer stakeholders.
  • Supporting and deputising for the Senior Project Managers in the effective leadership of the PCO team, provision of management information reporting, attendance at senior meetings and the communication of our strategy and demonstration of our core values.


Skills & experience
  • Experience in the advanced application of Project Management techniques in a relevant technical project environment.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of projects with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Great financial management and control to ensure a high level of profitability on projects.
  • Experience delivering solutions with a diverse team of both internal and external supply chain resources.
  • Experience of working within the Defence and Security sector is highly desirable.
  • Strong commercial awareness and an understanding of contract and commercial management.
  • Experience working with senior level managers both internally and externally.
  • Skills and attributes
  • Project Management expertise – especially in requirements capture, risk and financial management.
  • Relationship management – building effective working relationships with key customers, internal stakeholders and suppliers where appropriate.
  • Business acumen and consultative selling skills – seen by customer as a trusted advisor rather than sales person.
  • Facilitation – engaging a cross section of functional representatives from customer and colleague communities; you’re able to operate at all levels in and across the organisations.
  • Technical – a background in, or a general understanding of, mechanical, electrical, data and minor construction disciplines is highly desirable.
Additional benefits
  • Our clients are committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment.
  • The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.
  • You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.
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