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12 Nov 2020

Temporary DE&S Project Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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

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.

We have an exciting opportunity to join Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) as a Project Manager on a 23 months Fixed Term Appointment, where you will be responsible for managing the Transition phase of Project GUARDIAN, ensuring its smooth introduction to service and simultaneous retirement of the legacy systems it replaces.

Project GUARDIAN is a major Defence acquisition project, delivering a strategic technology upgrade to the essential Equipment that forms the backbone of the UK’s Air Defence capability at 3x sites; one in the South East, one in the South West and one in the North East.

Reporting to the Airspace Battle Management Portfolio Manager, as the GUARDIAN Transition Project Manager you will be responsible for leading and matrix-managing a multi-disciplinary team of civilian, industry and military personnel located at the 3 sites. Your primary mission will be to ensure capability delivery occurs at these sites within the strict parameters of Time, Cost and Performance. Problem solving, personal resilience, and the ability to motivate others is therefore key, as is the ability to commit to regular travel to these sites, including overnight stays of short duration. Finally, you will also be expected to be able to execute your mission with minimal supervision; this is therefore a role suitable for an experienced Project Delivery practitioner.


  • 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 mitigation’s 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 this post, it 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 complex projects in a defence, business transformation or change environment
    • Experience of managing stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external and including industry
    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
    • Influencing and negotiation skills

    It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:
    • Experience of delivering, operating, or maintaining UK Air Defence capability
    • IT and communications systems Project Management delivery experience

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
    • Controlling a project
    • Stakeholder management

    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.

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Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Defence, Fixed Term, manager, and Project. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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