Project Managers - Multi Division

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Apply before 11:50 pm on Sunday 30th October 2022

 

Details

Reference number

222395

Salary

£32,626 - £47,007
Salary will be dependent on level offered, skills and experience - Level 5 Salary: £32,626 - £38,066 / Level 6 Salary: £40,514 - £47,007

Grade

Senior Executive Officer
Grade 6
Dstl Level 5 & Level 6

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Divisions are: Exploration Division - XDIV, Platform Systems - PLS, Operations - OPS, Cyber & Information Systems - CIS and Chemical Biological Radiological - CBR

Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

Number of posts

30

Contents

Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury - SP4 0JQ and Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham - PO17 6AD

Summary

As the Project Manager you will plan and lead projects in a timely and efficient manner to deliver high quality outputs within budget. You will have a key role in project governance to lead successful teams across a range of exciting and varied projects.

We want Projects Managers to join our team who are:
• Keen to deliver and enable impactful benefits for Defence and Security through world-class Science and Technology
• Able to lead and motivate a diverse team to effectively deliver exploitable project outcomes
• Excellent stakeholder management, both internal and external up to departmental head level, with great communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to influence and negotiate
• You will have strong financial acumen to enable realistic forecasting and delivery against agreed budgets


Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

Dstl is looking for experienced Project managers across several divisions:

Our projects address interesting and challenging problems that owing to their sensitivity cannot be done elsewhere and improves the front-line capability of the UK Armed Forces, supports national prosperity, and keeps British citizens safe.

Operations Division provides the platform and capability to enable the delivery of high impact S&T. Operations are responsible for maintaining the legacy, delivering the now and planning for the future to ensure Dstl can continue to deliver Defence and Security S&T through a wide range of infrastructure, digital and business change projects and programmes.

CBR Division provides an integrated Chemistry, Biology, Radiation, Medical and Human Sciences capability. Delivering longer term scientific research as well as providing short-term advice and consultancy, this Division supports the whole of UK Defence and Security including the recent Novichok incidents in Salisbury and the UK’s COVID-19 response. The exciting, innovative projects range from new chemical warfare detection systems to the latest virology advances. Some projects will be short term with tight timescales and others will contribute to major Defence projects, which can span multiple years.

Exploration Division seeks to discover and exploit the science that no one has done before. Projects are wide range from: preparing defence for the future by identifying and promoting generation after next science and technologies; leading the thinking behind key decisions that will shape the future of defence; harness innovation in the information environment; and future proof defence in a climate changing world.

Platform Systems Division brings together science and technology based around the platforms that are used by our armed forces, and the mission systems and weapons systems that are linked to or integrated within them. Examples of platforms include military vehicles like tanks or fighter jets. We primarily support the front line commands (Army, Navy and Air Force), providing advice and solutions when there are gaps in the capability of platforms, to help ensure the UK retains its battle-winning advantage and to maintain national security. Our work also includes ways to keep safe both the platforms and the military personnel who use them.

Cyber & Information Systems Division delivers evidence based resilient sensing, information and effector systems for the defence and security of the UK. The threats that the UK faces every day are many and varied. CIS advance the tools, techniques and tradecrafts required to establish World Class capabilities to detect and counter these threats through research, development and technology assessment. We maintain and develop a range of capabilities that achieve the division’s vision of delivering transformational information superiority. Working with our partners, together we offer the capabilities that provide the skills, knowledge, expertise and facilities that underpin the outcomes needed to support Defence in Cyber, C4ISR and Space related areas - both now and in the future.

To find out more about who we are and what we do visit our Dstl YouTube channel: YouTube channel

Responsibilities

A comprehensive and full list of responsibilities can be found in the role profiles attached to this advert.

Additional Responsibilities per level:
Level 5 PM:
• Role-modelling behaviours and creating a positive working environment which supports diversity and enables staff working on their project to excel;
• Championing the development of project management – including the regular identification and sharing of lessons identified.

Level 6 PM:
• Role-modelling behaviours and creating a positive working environment which supports diversity and enables staff working on their project to excel;
• Championing the development of project management – including the regular identification and sharing of lessons identified;
• Utilise and develop professional networks to foster best practice and develop and mentor other PD colleagues;
• Work with the P3 Improvement team to assist in defining and implementing ‘best practice’ processes by engaging with PD community, professional bodies and other Industry partners.

Important Information
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

If you are a current Dstl employee, you are encouraged to inform your line manager of your application as they can support you through the process and should you be successful it will help in negotiating a release date.

Work location
Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please can you indicate which division/s you are interested in from the list below. For Internal candidates please state only your current division if you are not open to moving across divisions.
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 3 days can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Chartership and accreditation support.
Exceptional Civil Service Pension
25 days annual leave plus bank holidays which increases to 30 days plus bank holidays after 5 years of service , with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
Onsite gyms and restaurants. Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;

- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network

- Race, Faith and Culture Network

- Parents and Carer Support Network

- Alternative Working Network

- Gender Equality Network

- New Starters Network

- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Sifting will begin week commencing 11th July 2022 then weekly for the duration of the vacancy. Interviews and offers will happen during the course of the vacancy also with interviews commencing week beginning 1st August 2022 happen during the life of the vacancy. Should we fill all roles before the closing date we will have to put those to interview on a reserve list.

Interviews will be a combination of behaviour and technical questions.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

Dstl is participating the Great Place to Work for Veterans Scheme. If you are a Veteran and meet the essential criteria for this position you will be offered guaranteed progression to the next stage of the assessment. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

We actively encourage and welcome applications from those who work alternative working patterns (part-time, job share, term-time only etc.), Please be prepared to discuss this if you are selected for interview. You can also discuss your working pattern with the recruiting line manager or talent acquisition adviser at the application stage if preferred.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Dstl Recruitment
  • Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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