• TS593 - Programme Manager – Maritime Defence Systems

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Job Description

Programme Manager – Portsmouth, Hampshire – Salary £55,000 to £65,000.

Thomas Search Ltd is a specialist recruitment consultancy for the Built Environment, Defence & Aerospace Industries.

Our client is a leading defence contractor providing key solutions to maritime weapon systems. These projects range from in-house development through to procurement of solutions.


  • Provide leadership to a team of multi-disciplined project managers and highly technical system/software engineers.
  • Meeting contractual obligations
  • Achieving excellent customer satisfaction
  • Delivery of projects to time, cost and quality
  • Production of open, accurate and timely financial and workload forecasts to support planning within the business
  • Ability to network, building relationships to enable successful engagement with a broad range of stakeholders (external and internal) often with competing interests
  • Management of subcontracts, some with significant development work
  • Application of appropriate project governance in-line with business operating framework
  • Support the business to develop future pipeline work
  • Promotion of best practice within the projects and ensure that previous lessons learnt are adopted and new lessons identified for future benefit
  • Develop any appropriate follow on work

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Project Management qualification or equivalent
  • Previous demonstrable experience of delivering Programmes within the Maritime domain
  • Proven ability to decompose complex issues, to an appropriate level of detail, in a methodical manner
  • Experience of procurement and tendering processes (e.g. the production of specifications, definition of supplier selection criteria and contracting) and management of suppliers under contract
  • Experience of systems and software engineering disciplines and lifecycle to develop complex products in the defence domain


  • An understanding of the wider Maritime Defence, in particular Test & Evaluation
  • Knowledge of: Information Management Systems / Electronic warfare test systems / Sonobouy test systems / Electromagnetic test and analysis systems / Acoustic signature measurement systems / Radar Cross Section measurement systems.