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Programme Manager

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4 Apr 2024

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  • Competitive salary and remuneration package including, 27 days holiday, pension contributions matched up to 9%, car allowance and private medical
  • Cambridge based the role has the opportunity for hybrid working, around 70% onsite
  • Marshall, an independent, family-owned British company, proudly helping our customers move forwards since 1909
  • Marshall Land Systems have announced that they will be moving the Cambridge site to Alconbury Weald (PE28). Planned move will be towards the end of 2025

Why join Marshall in this role?

Working within Managed Support Services the, Programme Manager - Equipment Support Programmes, will be responsible for leading the programme delivery for a growing portfolio of equipment through-life support and modification projects. These are typically in-service systems for Defence and Security applications and the work is both technically challenging and delivers important ongoing capability for the end users. You will lead and develop a team of project/support managers within your domain to ensure success on existing and new projects.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring on time/ on cost delivery of the project portfolio to ensure optimal financial results and customer satisfaction are delivered.
  • Ensuring project baselines are protected and variations controlled, documented reviewed and agreed.
  • Ensuring opportunities afforded by customer scope growth to increase contract worth are seized, and overseeing the timely and accurate development of quotations/proposals to support portfolio growth.
  • Implementing Lifecycle Management and Project Management processes on all projects/bids and support continuous improvement of process.
  • Leading Contract/Project Reviews to ensure monthly and lifecycle governance checkpoints, ensuring full involvement and support of all key stakeholders as required.
  • Demonstrating control and management of risks, issues and opportunities.
  • Ensuring all project requirements and contract deliverables (technical, commercial, project management, delivery etc., both internal & external) are clearly understood from the outset (or firmed-up during the bid/contract negotiation phase) and documented.
  • In conjunction with commercial colleagues, provide guidance and escalation for your team to ensure commercial agreements are adhered to, and if necessary adapted.
  • Ensuring appropriate project management team capability via recruitment, management and staff development, whilst providing strong and inspirational leadership to your team.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate financial projections.
  • Consistently delight our customers by delivering high levels of service, quality and engagement whilst ensuring the value they require is being created and delivered.
  • Promote strong collaborative working across the organisational matrix.

Apply if you have most of the following:

  • APM/ degree level programme management qualification.
  • Technically you would have come from a Project or Programme Management background, but when it comes to the successful candidate, we are open to someone if they haven't been in the defence and security sector before.
  • Strong programme management skills and the ability to flexibly deploy those skills in accordance with the complexity and risk of underlying projects/ problems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, and comfortable presenting when required.
  • A high level of customer focus, commercial awareness and change management skills.
  • An understanding of financial and wider management principles and techniques.
  • Demonstrably strong Project or Programme Management background is essential.
  • Experience in defence/military environment would be beneficial, but not essential.
  • Experience in an engineering environment, particularly equipment through-life support, would be highly beneficial.
  • Experience of partnering with a range of external and internal key stakeholders.
  • Experience in managing complexity on programmes.
  • High levels of computer literacy with MS Office and MS Project. Experience with IFS is desirable, but not essential.

To be successful in the role, we are looking for someone who:

  • A self-starter, with high energy levels, the ability to tackle problems and see them through to successful conclusion.
  • Ability to interface well and influence effectively at all levels including internally and externally with customers, partners and suppliers.
  • Business focussed and customer oriented, with organisation and commercial awareness.
  • Displays passion, drive, agility and resilience in achieving goals.
  • Displays energy and enthusiasm to create and seize opportunities, with the imagination and flexibility to question the accepted.
  • Excellent leadership, organisational and communication skills.
  • Empowers teams to solve problems and deliver results whilst striving for capability improvement.
  • Passion, drive and people management skills, alongside clearly identifiable personal attributes that match the corporate values.

The benefits we will offer you include:

  • 27 days holiday increasing with service up to 30 days (option to buy /sell)
  • Pension contributions up to 9%
  • Private medical insurance for you and your partner
  • Extensive flexible benefit program including Cycle to Work
  • Life assurance at 4x basic salary
  • Enhanced parental leave and pay
  • Paid volunteering leave
  • Access to industry leading wellbeing resources and tools

Additional local needs

  • Hybrid working offered - 70% on site in Cambridge however would need to flex with business needs
  • UK travel required.


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