SDA Project Manager

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HMNB Clyde, Scotland
£34,850 - £41,000 per annum (plus benefits)
16 Nov 2020
29 Nov 2020
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

The SDA are looking for a Project Manager to fill a post in the Submarine Availability Improvements project team located at HMNB Clyde.

Our organisation procures and project manages the construction of future Royal Navy submarines, and supports those in-service, working with Navy Command and the Defence Nuclear Organisation.

As a Project Manager within the Maritime Domain at Clyde, you will play a pivotal role in the delivery of equipment and services across the Domain. You will be responsible for your own individual projects, that affects the wider Submarine Programme.

The role in Clyde will be with the Submarine Availability Improvements Programme, targeting enhancements affecting not only the waterfront but also to industrial policies, processes and procedures. As part of the role you will be working closely with industrial suppliers, at the forefront of change initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness, manage risk and opportunities, realise benefits and improve productivity across the Clyde waterfront.

This could be the ideal career move for you, allowing the chance for you to develop your skills and experience of leadership and delivering successful outcomes.


  • Responsible for leading, managing and developing multi-disciplinary teams covering a range of subject areas within associated semi-complex projects, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
  • Accountable for the delivery of their projects’ outputs within the performance/cost/time envelope for a semi-complex project, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
  • Responsible for ensuring the most cost-effective and efficient means of delivery, whilst mitigating risk and leveraging opportunities.
  • Support an open, honest, no blame culture. Actively highlighting failures and shortfalls positively and drawing through LFE into the project or control account, advising on mitigations and engaging with order book item (OBI) owner to mitigate wider occurrence.
  • Responsible for embedding and adhering to all governance and policy and enable the required compliance throughout their team, ensure appropriate challenge and gain approval to deviate when necessary.
  • Regularly meet the customer to understanding the objective, requirements and the means of acceptance in line with the MoD’s Operating Model and Defence Lines of Development.
  • Deliver project requirements within the performance/cost/time envelope. Sustain and leverage value through the monitoring and management of contract performance against commitments (product and services) and meet our own obligations under the contract.
  • Responsible for meeting budgets within all In-Year and longer-term accounting periods equipment procurement plan (EPP), equipment support plan (ESP) and operational expenditure (OpEx). Lead and ensure that the wider financial (and resource) profiles are driven from the activities in the project schedule and the work breakdown structure (WBS).
  • Lead the construction (through the Project Controls Function) of the Performance Measurement Baseline for the control account.
  • Proactively support career management and the wider development of the PMs.

Due to security requirements, the post is reserved for Sole UK Nationals Only.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Strong evidence of project managing semi-complex projects or multiple simple projects
  • Examples of leadership and people management, or that of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external
  • Skills in influencing and negotiation
  • Demonstration of a varied Project Management background

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • Any of the following: APM, PMQ/MSP or similar, relevant graduate qualification i.e. MSc (Project Management)
  • Working knowledge of Submarines

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

  • Controlling a project
  • Stakeholder management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Leadership

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

The Project Management Function provides a pipeline of project professionals to deliver our complex programme of work. The breadth of what our Project Managers do, means a career with us gives you a fantastic level of variety and a genuine ability to develop your project management career. From developing the nation’s future submarines to acquiring armoured vehicles, our work is at the forefront of fast-paced, cutting-edge project delivery.

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