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UK Defence P3M Capability Lead



Farnborough, UK
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

The purpose of the role is to lead the P3M capability with the Sector. This role will be responsible for the P3M Capability across the Sector and will focus on driving performance through excellence in standards.

The role will be responsible for the improvement in competency of our P3M professionals across the Sector through recruitment, training and ‘One QinetiQ’ method of Project Delivery enabling successful execution of Projects/Programmes delivering predictable outcomes.

This role will work closely and in collaboration with the Sector Head of Governance & Assurance, Sector Controls Lead and Group Programme Excellence (PE) to ensure compliance and build collective leadership confidence in the Sector ability to deliver on contract customer projects and programmes with predictability.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop the P3M capability strategy for the Sector and provide wider strategy input into the Sector and Group.
  • Lead the P3M capability within the Sector to ensure it can meet the delivery strategy with the appropriate SQEP, competency, capability and experience.
  • Provide P3M subject matter expertise, coaching and mentoring to drive improvements in project management excellence.
  • Provide thought leadership to explore and challenge existing practice and culture to develop alternative innovative interventions and create an environment of Continuous Improvement (CI).
  • Nurture a culture of ownership, empowerment and psychological safety with in delivery teams to drive a “Team of Teams” approach to project execution.
  • Responsible for the overall discipline management of Project and Programme manager resource across the Sector, also to ensure that forward demand requirements are met.
  • Overall responsibility for P3M capacity, in collaboration with the IDTs for driving recruitment, redeployment as required and headcount management.
  • Leading early careers for Project Management within the Sector.
  • Coaching and mentoring people to be effective managers and leaders to drive more effective performance in role.
  • Support the development of the external profile of QinetiQ as a professional project organisation.
  • Conduct Programme Excellence (PE) Assurance activities as required (2nd Line).

Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  • Leadership; being able to understand and deliver the QinetiQ and the Sector’s vision and direction for Project Management to influence and align others towards this common purpose, and to empower & inspire people to achieve success.
  • Integrity; being open, honest and doing the right thing. Keeping promises, admitting when I don’t have the answer and when I have made a mistake.
  • Communication; be a leading influence in the delivery of clear and concise communications.
  • Stakeholder Management; being able to identify, plan and implement actions to positively engage parties with an interest in, or influence over, and negotiate with to achieve the programme outcomes.
  • Teamwork; being able to create an environment where a group of people with diverse personalities, skills, experiences and perspectives are empowered to collaborate towards a common goal.
  • Human Resource Management; supporting functional teams (including HR) to develop and manage our people in line with legal requirements and QinetiQ policy.
  • Expert knowledge of Project management, latest ideas, trends, processes and tools.
  • Able to present both internally and externally at conferences, leadership events and channels.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Able to lead on PM initiatives across the Sector as needed.
  • A background in project delivery management and functional management at a senior level for a large PLC/ Government Organisations or consultancy.
  • Strong programme and project management skills.
  • Confident and articulate with well-developed communication, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Able to quickly establish personal and professional credibility, influence, negotiate people and drive change
  • A creative strategic thinker focused on delivering results.
  • Able to operate at a Sector leadership level.
  • Chartered project professional or equivalent project management qualifications desirable
  • Core competencies will include:
    • Attention to Detail, Logical, Flexibility, Professional Image, Pro-Active, Enthusiastic, Conscientious, Customer Centric, Results Driven, Innovative, Engaging
    • Experience in the delivery of complex projects and programmes.
  • Experience in maturating organisational capability through strong leadership and expertise.

Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.