Programme Manager (Defence)

Chelsea Technologies is a market leading sensor design & manufacturing company. We are recruiting for a Programme Manager who will be responsible for the management & leadership of the Engineering and defence-based programmes. The role requires a UK passport holder (not dual) and capable of gaining National Security Vetting – SC clearance.


  • In-depth understanding of programme management methods and principles.
  • Programme Management and delivery of complex high value defence programmes. (5 Years minimum)
  • Deliver programmes on time, on budget and to specification ensuring programmes are correctly planned, resourced and executed.
  • Ensure that comprehensive plans, reviewed project specifications and designs are produced that identify and document the functional requirements and performance characteristics of the system.
  • Establish NRE estimations, monitoring costs against the project plan and raising any deviations with Senior Management.
  • Creating and managing a programme budget.
  • Management and communication of programme risk.
  • Goal setting for team to ensure clear delivery of objectives/tasks.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships with team members, vendors, and partners.
  • Compiling and writing progress reports and making presentations to management and other stakeholders.
  • Project Management & Resource planning. (MS Project)
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects to deadline.

Desired skills

  • Working knowledge of the product design & development, manufacturing and lifecycle processes

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong Leadership and motivational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with energy, pace and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent communication at all levels within and outside the Company.
  • Skills in negotiation, coalition building and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplined team.
  • Attention to detail and time management skills.

Other requirements

  • Due to the nature of the role, there will be an occasional need for working outside normal working hours.
  • There will be a need to travel to customer sites on an occasional basis.


BSc/BEng or equivalent in Engineering or similar discipline (minimum 2:1)
Association of Project Management Qualification (APM) or similar project management certification.

Security Clearance
The role requires a UK passport holder (not dual) and capable of gaining National Security Vetting – SC clearance. Proof of residency in UK for last 5 years.

Application Process

Please submit your CV and covering letter to Ellen Keegan with details of salary expectation.

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