Digital Project Managers

Company Details

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science inside UK defence and security.

Job summary

Job grade – Senior Executive Officer Grade 7 Dstl Level 5 and Dstl Level 6

We are looking for a number of talented Digital Project Managers to join us in the P3 (Project, Programme and Portfolio) Group in Operations Division. The Division, working with the Digital delivery team, provides the platform (building and digital infrastructure) and capability to enable the delivery of high impact Science and Technology and our project managers are key in delivering projects that make a difference to the whole organisation.

As Project Manager for the delivery of digital projects within the P3 Group, you will have excellent people skills and provide leadership, enabling the team to deliver. The ability to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure continued engagement is important and you should be comfortable working with a variety of people.

You will be accountable for the definition, coordination, direction and assurance of one or more projects that deliver the outputs that enable the Science &Technology (S&T), or Operational outcomes of the parent programme. The PM is responsible for the delivery of the Projects in accordance with the Project Mandate.

As PM you will ensure that the project operates within the agreed performance, quality, time and cost envelope and adheres to Dstl’s P3 processes. You will work closely with the Programme Manager or Portfolio Manager who will oversee the generation of project goals and monitoring project performance.

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

We are looking for someone who has:
• A strong desire to deliver outputs for Defence through Science and Technology and our strategic Digital projects;
• The ability to lead, influence and motivate a broad team to deliver exploitable project outputs;
• The ability to manage and influence stakeholders to ensure project success.

Role Dimensions
• Leadership and tasking of project team;
• Assurance of project delivery to time, cost and quality;
• Budget management – as specified in the project mandate;
• No line management is expected within this role, however matrix management of project(s) resources will be required.

Person specification

Role 1: Project Delivery Capability Framework (PDCF) Project Manager 2 (PM2) – Dstl L5

In this role you will have the following typical responsibilities:
• Delivery – Create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.
• Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Design the project structure appropriate to stage. Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies.
• Business Case – Coordinate development of the Business Case.
• Budget – Track delivery within budget.
• Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. May work independently or with a small team.
• Benefits Realisation – Ensure benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place, and monitor longer term delivery of benefits against the Business Case.
• Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships.
• Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate.
• Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision making.
• Assurance – Support or set appropriate project assurance.
• Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
• Guidance & Support – Seek appropriate support, guidance and coaching from the project community. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.
• Project Performance & Controls – Build Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones.

Additional Responsibilities:
• 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;

These responsibilities are taken from the Project Delivery Complexity Framework (PDCF) and describe the career pathway for the Project Management role.

Role 2: Project Delivery Capability Framework (PDCF) Project Manager 3 (PM3)- Dstl L6

In this role you will have the following typical responsibilities:
• Delivery – Create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.
• Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Provide effective leadership and management controls. Set project controls. Design the project structure and organisation appropriate to stage. Set appropriate delivery methodologies. Manage effective transition between project phases.
• Business Case – Develop and draft the business case, with input from specialists as necessary.
• Budget – Develop the budget and track delivery within budget.
• Resources – Identify skill requirements; and deploy and develop resources. Manage medium sized team.
• Benefits Realisation – Deliver the agreed business case benefits and outcomes. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place, and monitor longer term delivery of benefits against the business case.
• Stakeholder Management – Identify and manage stakeholder relationships and need for senior level support. Manage internal and external relationships as appropriate.
• Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate. Identify and work with related projects to manage interdependencies.
• Governance – Support effective governance and decision making. Provide reporting and engage in mechanisms that hold the Project Manager to account for delivery.
• Assurance – Engage with assurance reviews and support action on recommendations. Organise assurance processes such as gateway reviews, as required.
• Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
• Guidance & Support – Provide support, guidance and coaching for the project team. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.
• Project Performance & Controls – Cascade vision and translate into delivery objectives for the team. Develop and maintain project plan. Identify and set appropriate project controls. Manage performance and report progress to sponsors.
Additional Responsibilities:
• 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 (required for PM 3 level);
• 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 (required for PM 3 level).

These responsibilities are taken from the Project delivery Complexity Framework (PDCF) and describe the career pathway for the Project Management role.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that 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:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Delivery of digital projects.

Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution. In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.
  • Flexible working: Full flexibility working options include alternative working patterns, compressed hours, job shares and annualised hours. Remote working may be available dependent on role.
  • Flexible working hours: Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.
  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.
  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.
  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

The information pack can be found attached to the job specification on Civil Service Jobs.

Our Diversity Networks

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
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