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27 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Senior Project Manager

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

Job Description


£46,750 – £55,000

per annum (plus benefits). Salary listed is pro rata. Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information Leaflet for salary details.

Job description

At Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) we’re excited to be expanding our Project Management Team in Yeovil.

In this dynamic and stimulating position, you will further develop your experience in project management and co-ordination, and enhance your commercial understanding, financial awareness, and risk management scheduling.

As a Senior Project Manager, you will join the Merlin Team, forming part of the Helicopters Operating Centre, based at the Leonardo Helicopter site in Yeovil. You will be involved with introducing new capability into the Royal Navy Fleet of Merlin Helicopters, as well as responding to customer change requests and initiating small equipment capability projects within the team.

You will be key in ensuring coherence and consistency to customer led changes with the Merlin Delivery Team. This position offers you the opportunity to liaise with customers and the wider delivery team, whilst working with Joint Helicopter Command and Navy Command capability managers to develop requirements and plan future change requests in accordance with the capability management plans.

In joining DE&S, you will be supported in achieving your career goals and ambitions with this excellent opportunity to work on high-profile defence projects.


  • Lead, manage and develop multidisciplinary teams, covering a range of subject areas across varying levels of project complexity
    • Be accountable for the delivery of project outputs, ensuring the most cost-effective and efficient means of delivery
    • Support an open, honest, no blame culture, actively highlighting failures and shortfalls and Learning from Experience
    • Engage with stakeholders to identify, assess and mitigate risks, to secure project delivery
    • Meet with customers to successfully manage the start of projects, leading the development of project business cases and delivery plans
    • Demonstrate a positive can-do attitude to all aspects of work, with the adaptability and versatility to act as a catalyst for change
    • Contribute to the wider professionalism through a commitment to self-learning and supporting your team’s learning and development

    Please note that due to the secure nature of this position this role is reserved for sole UK nationals only.

    What you will be assessed against

    To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

    • Experience of running and managing complex projects
    • Experience of commercial responsibility and managing budgets
    • Experience of managing people and leading a team

    It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

    • Experience of managing the transition to in-service projects

    In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

    • Acquisition Project Management
    • Technical Competence #2
    • Communicating and influencing
    • Seeing the big picture

    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

    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.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

Please click here to apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Senior Project Manager, and Yeovil. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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