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Work Package Manager

  • Location: Stockport
  • Salary: Market related
  • Job Type:Permanent

Morson Talent are working closely with our client Thales in recruiting a Work Package Manager on a permanent basis at their site in Cheadle, Stockport.


Primary Purpose of the Role:

The Work Package Manager is responsible for the preparation and delivery of the work package, performing cost estimates and delivering all work package activities (including those relating to risks and opportunities) in accordance with the requirements of specific bids and projects.
It requires professional project management capabilities to be applied - giving rigour to change control, commercial awareness and stakeholder management.
It requires the successful management of the relationship with internal and external customers.

Principal Relationships:

• The Project Team,
• Other Project Managers,
• Programme Management Office,
• Industry, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering,
• External stakeholders (e.g. customers, suppliers),
• More senior members of the Project Management community (e.g. Portfolio / Programme Management),
• Liaison with other business functions, including Technical, Finance, Commercial, Legal, Quality, Health & Safety, Operations.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

• Undertake the activities that will ensure the successful delivery of the work packages and project.
This will typically include (but is not limited to) the following:
• Ensure the delivery of work package outputs to meet the requirements of bids / projects relating to technical, scheduling and financial aspects.
• Oversees and co-ordinates the activities of other work package management personnel as required by the bid / project management team.
• Manage the creation of the bid deliverables and ensuring review and governance, leading to the creation of a high quality proposal.
• Ensure that cost estimates / target budgets are provided with support of Systems Engineering / Product Management.
• Ensure that cost estimates are effectively reviewed to ensure competitive and winning pricing
• Deliver the key results and performance metrics for the work packages
• Ensure that work package activities are defined, organised and planned in accordance with budget, scheduling, performance and quality of the bid / project.
• Control the requirements, performance, cost and schedule of the work package remit during the work package life cycle.
• Ensure that work package quality is maintained to the correct standard to assure customer and stakeholder satisfaction.
• Identify, act upon and communicate risks, issues and opportunities relating to the work packages.
• Conduct regular reporting on work package progress.
• Provide practical support to the bid / project management team in relation to the monitoring of the bid /project.
• Ensure that the work package is closed effectively (e.g. archiving of documents, closing the expenditure authorisations, capitalising and sharing lessons learnt).
• Drive Quality, Cost & Delivery performance through close working with other functions.
• Manage all project stakeholders ensuring strong communications are established and maintained.
• The role will also involve occasional ad-hoc duties that are not listed above but are necessary to respond to the needs of the business. These ad-hoc duties will be consistent with the nature of a project management position within Thales.


• Strong service delivery ethos and orientation.
• Excellent technical work package management skills (such as scheduling, risk management, stakeholder management, estimating, progress reporting).
• A strong understanding of the need for governance in bid / project management and the ability to uphold governance requirements.
• Ability to establish and meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritise without the requirement for regular direct supervision.
• Proficiency in standard business management software packages (e.g. Microsoft office).
• A practical knowledge of bid / project management phases and lifecycles.
• Effective at operating across functional and departmental boundaries (working in a matrix style organisation).
• Excellent communication skills to convey planning information to a variety of stakeholders.
• Can demonstrate commercial, financial and general business acumen.
• A positive attitude combined with excellent interpersonal and motivational skills.

• Experience of providing a work package delivery service within a medium to large organisation. The experience is required to demonstrate
• A thorough understanding work package management techniques – for example, but not limited to scheduling, risk management, stakeholder management, estimating, progress reporting.
• A high level of proficiency in the use of work package management tools and standard business administration software.
• A track record of excellence in delivery of work package management services.
• A proven track record of delivering successful delivery in contexts relevant to Thales.
• Working in a complex, multidisciplinary, multi-site organisation.
• Comprehensive understanding of generic processes and techniques used to schedule project activities (for example WBS, OBS, milestones, dependencies, EVM).

Values & Behaviours:

As a minimum standard these should be consistent with the descriptions of Thales values and behaviours:
• Customer Trust,
• One Team – One Thales,
• Developing our people,
• Accountable and committed to excellence,
• Agile and Innovative.


• Level D Professional accreditation with the Association for Project Management (or equivalent level of professional accreditation).