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Project Manager

Project Manager

Our client ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK, based at Winfrith in Dorset has a requirement to expand its project management capability to support current and future growth in the submarine market. The contingent PMs will have a defence or aerospace engieneering background and will join the Submarine Systems Division which has an increasing revenue stream from products used by Navies across Europe and Asia, and with growth opportunities in both new build and refit programs around the world. Major successes have been achieved over recent years and further opportunities are being pursued in the areas of submarine sonar, signatures, communications, underwater weapons and countermeasures, towed array handling and electric actuation. The next 5 years is forecast to be an exciting and challenging period both for securing new opportunities as well as delivering systems into service that make a difference to the operator.

Key Competencies

  • Experience of successfully delivering complex technical products from initial concept formulation & design definition through to final test and acceptance into service
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills and experience with leading diverse teams, stakeholders and suppliers
  • Experience of managing significant value (financial, strategic) projects to challenging timescales, budgets and requirements
  • Domain experience in the defence business or a recognised high end technical industry
  • Good commercial skills and awareness of relevant contractual aspects associated with project delivery
  • Ability to effectively communicate, present and negotiate direct with key external stakeholders (Government, Navy, industry) often in overseas environments

General duties

  • Reporting to all internal and external stakeholders including travelling for face to face communications
  • Defining the project structure, planning and WBS building on the information generated during the bid phase
  • Definition of the Project Team that will lead the project delivery
  • Clear definition and placement of work packages including key subcontracts required to deliver the project
  • Ensuring appropriate risk, opportunity, security, trade controls, quality and configuration management for the project
  • Planning, monitoring, control and update of the project including management of project Life Cycle
  • Management gate reviews
  • Ensuring that the contract remains up to date and consistent with the project goals and business objectives
  • Ensuring that contract milestones are met and that cash flow is optimised
  • Bid Management - PMs are also key contributors to bids and are required to apply the fundamental project management principles and methodology to bids including:
      • Stakeholder management
      • WBS, OBS and programme definition (external and internal)
      • Customer and supplier negotiations
      • Internal bid reviews
      • Project management documentation
      • Risk management approach


  • Responsible to the Submarine Systems Head of Delivery and Submarine Systems Head of Division in all matters relating to project delivery
  • External to the business, the PM is responsible to the customer for successful delivery of the project
  • The PM represents the project on behalf of the business to the customer, external partners, stakeholders and suppliers

Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance.

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