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1 Oct 2020

Temporary DE&S Project Manager

DE&S Project Manager – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Helensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description


£34,850 – £41,000  per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.


Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s armed forces deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

Job description

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is the force behind the Armed Forces, and is a highly specialised part of the Ministry of Defence. From the procurement of clothes to carriers, food to fighter jets, we ensure our UK military customers – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – have the equipment and support they need to carry out their duties effectively.

As a Project Manager, you may lead or be part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the delivery of new equipment or a major upgrade to an existing system. This might see you managing the acceptance trials programme for a new ship or aircraft, being accountable for the delivery of a new military bridging system, or developing a strategy to rationalise the provision of electronic countermeasures across a range of platforms.

We currently have an opportunity for a Project Manager to join DE&S, on a Fixed Term Appointment of 1 year, at the naval base in Clyde as part of the Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP).
FMSP is the largest Support Programme ever undertaken by the MOD. The programme is developing and implementing new commercial arrangements with Industry from March 2020. The programme scope includes all aspects of Naval Base Support, Warship and Submarine Engineering. From the beds Royal Navy personnel sleep in, to the Warships and Submarines they serve in, the FMSP will support all of this in every UK Naval Base.

Under the direction of the FMSP leadership team, you will be supporting multiple change initiatives aligned to the implementation of FMSP at HMNB Clyde. This will involve the realisation of the FMSP operating model to initial operating capability, the parallel organisational change in support of FMSP and the creation of associated processes and governance.

You will also support activity that facilitates and ensures the successful transition from existing contracts and suppliers to new following their appointment.


  • Responsible for leading, managing and developing multidisciplinary teams covering a range of subject areas within associated semi-complex projects, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
    • Accountable for the delivery of their projects’ outputs within the performance/cost/time envelope for a semi-complex project, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
    • Responsible for ensuring the most cost-effective and efficient means of delivery, whilst mitigating risk and leveraging opportunities.
    • Support an open, honest, no blame culture. Actively highlighting failures and shortfalls positively and drawing through Learning from Experience (LFE) into the project or control account, advising on mitigations and engaging with Order Book Item (OBI) owner to mitigate wider occurrence.
    • Responsible for embedding and adhering to all governance and policy and enable the required compliance throughout their team, ensure appropriate challenge and gain approval to deviate when necessary.
    • Regularly meet the customer to understanding the objective, requirements and the means of acceptance in line with the Ministry of Defence’s Operating Model and Defence Lines of Development.
    • Deliver project requirements within the performance/cost/time envelope. Sustain and leverage value through the monitoring and management of contract performance against commitments (product and services) and meet our own obligations under the contract.
    • Responsible for meeting budgets within all In-Year and longer-term accounting periods Equipment Plan Procurement, Equipment Support Plan and Operating Expenditure. Lead and ensure that the wider financial (and resource) profiles are driven from the activities in the project schedule and the Work Breakdown Structure
    • Lead the construction (through the Project Controls Function) of the Performance Measurement Baseline for the control account.
    • Proactively support career management and the wider development of the Project Managers.Due to the secure nature of position this post is reserved for sole UK nationals only.

    What you will be assessed against

    To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essentialcriteria:

    • Evidence of leadership and people management, or that of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Proven track record of delivering semi-complex projects in a business transformation and change environment
    • Experience of managing stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external
    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
    • Influencing and negotiation skills

    It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:

    • A degree in a relevant technical discipline
    • Experience of maintenance of Royal Navy ships or submarines

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

    • Controlling a project
    • Industrial Leadership

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

    • Making effective decisions
    • Leadership

    What’s in it for you?

    You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

    Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

    Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

    About your team

    The Project Management Function provides a pipeline of project professionals to deliver our complex programme of work. The breadth of what our Project Managers do, means a career with us gives you a fantastic level of variety and a genuine ability to develop your project management career. From developing the nation’s future submarines to acquiring armoured vehicles, our work is at the forefront of fast-paced, cutting-edge project delivery.

    Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

How to Apply

Please click here to apply   Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 13th October 2020

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: DE&S, manager, Project, and Scotland. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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