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Project Manager

Project Manager (aerospace/defence engineering rather than IT background) required to lead a high profile development project within a wider programme. The project has multiple external stakeholders supporting the introduction of key capability for two major programmes. This role will require the successful candidate to establish, mobilise and successfully deliver the project throughout all phases of the product lifecycle.

The role involves but is not limited to the following:

  • Ownership and management of the project to time, cost and quality throughout all phases of the product life cycle
  • Provide leadership and direction for assigned project personnel, both in terms of the project objectives & the overarching business goals and processes
  • Establish and maintain a robust requirements baseline for the project and ensure strict adherence to requirements during project execution and disciplined application of the change management process
  • Overall responsibility for developing and maintaining the Work Breakdown Structure & Integrated Master Schedule to ensure that all project schedule commitments & deliverables are met
  • Control project spend and track and report metrics as required, including the development and maintenance of a Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Ensure that resource plans are maintained to meet current and future project needs and that tasks are assigned appropriately to project personnel
  • Identify, manage and burn-down project risks, develop & drive risk mitigation actions, review status and maintain a comprehensive Risk, Issues & Opportunities Management Process, resolving and/or escalating issues as appropriate
  • Effectively communicate project status through appropriate management reporting data both externally (customer) and internally (team)
  • Drive ownership and accountability in the project team and develop close, long term productive and conducive customer relationships
  • Identify process improvements and where possible implement initiatives to continuously improve the responsiveness to both customer and business needs

Personal Attributes

  • Experienced Project Management professional with strong leadership skills and demonstrable track record in successful project setup, execution and delivery ideally APMP/MAPM or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills and commercial awareness
  • Ability to demonstrate an execution focus and natural drive for meeting project and business commitments
  • Knowledge and experience in the effective use of Project Management tools and techniques
  • Ability to quickly identify the critical path, and mitigate risks as they are identified
  • Ability to create effective working relationships within a challenging environment
  • Ability to communicate (and report) at all levels within the business
  • Strong negotiation skills with customers, management, peers and subordinates
  • Ideally qualified to degree level in a technical discipline
  • Proficient in MS Project, Excel, Word, Visio and PowerPoint and experience of working with finance teams