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Project Manager - Defence

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Guildford, London
Closing date
11 Feb 2022

Job Details

Role Summary

We are looking for a Project Manager who will help shape, mobilise, plan and lead projects for internal business and for external customer objectives. You will ensure appropriate capability is in place to maximise performance, delivering to the schedule, quality, scope, financials and client satisfaction, all in line with BAE Systems assurance processes (and appropriate external assurance processes).

This specific role will involve leading technical engineering and consulting teams working on data and digital technologies, therefore successful applicants will need to be able to blend the general project management skills detailed below with a foundation level of engineering background in order to be able to understand enough about the project they are leading and communicate effectively with the engineering team. Successful applicants will also need to be experienced in delivering projects using Agile methodologies.

This role will require you to have or be willing to go through Security Clearance.

What you will be doing:

  • Determining the best means of satisfying customer requirements within the context of project objectives and constraints, i.e. developing solutions;
  • Managing both internal and external stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and interests;
  • Developing and managing teams, including managing their delivery and performance and providing appraisal and support to their development;
  • Developing and agreeing budgets for projects and controlling forecast and actual costs against them;
  • Preparing and maintaining schedules for project activities and events, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements, showing the critical path, reporting and tracking milestones, resource levelling, baselining and tracking reporting, contingency and risk adequately covered in the plan;
  • Developing, maintaining and applying quality management processes for project activities and outputs
  • Consolidating and documenting the fundamental components of projects (scope, schedule, resource requirements, budgets, risks, opportunities and issues, and quality requirements), escalating any divergence from the business case to the sponsor and stakeholders (as appropriate) and establishing, and implementing where necessary, protocols to change the scope of the project;
  • Producing progress reports, managing RAID items and escalating with the client and within the business as appropriate. This includes: identifying and monitoring project risks (threats and opportunities), planning and implementing mitigation plans, responding to other issues that affect projects;
  • Overseeing the Change Control process and implementation of Change Request;
  • Lesson learned reports and project closure activities;
  • Promoting AI’s behaviours in all actions, acting in a morally, legally and socially appropriate manner.

What we’re looking for:


  • Good understanding of PM methodologies, toolsets, process and governance;
  • PM experience demonstrated in a professional role within a business or project:
    • Duration of experience: 5+ years , Value of projects managed < £5M;
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills required with the wider team and other functions/disciplines;
  • Developing and managing teams, including managing their delivery and performance and providing appraisal and support to their development;
  • Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


  • Managed full life cycle and project ecosystem including financial forecasting;
  • Identify, adopt and tailor good practice;
  • Bid writing experience of projects.

Life at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day. By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Applied Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours. 


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we believe that digital technology is the key to unlocking our customers’ advantage. By advancing digital technologies, we open doors to worlds of opportunities, together. We work across 6 main areas, Cyber, Defence, Delivery & Advisory, FinCrime, Intelligence and Space. Come visit us at the expo, or our website, to learn more about our opportunities.

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