Naval Assistant B&PM: Thales

Manor Royal Business District
Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

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Thales people architect solutions at the heart of the defence-security continuum. Interoperable and secure information and telecommunications systems for defence, security, and civil operators, are based upon innovative use of radiocommunications, networks, and cybersecurity. We are ground breaking new digital technologies such as 4G mobile communications, cryptography, cloud computing and big data for use in physical protection systems, and critical information systems.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.


Our opportunity

We provide world leading Naval communications equipment to Customers around the globe. If you have an interest in Project Management and are looking for a step into a role working within a team that will give you a clear career direction, facilitate a healthy work life balance and pathway to your future, then contact us now.

We are looking for someone who either has pre-existing experience of working as an Assistant Project Manager, or someone who has worked in a Project Management environment (or similar) and is looking for a step into becoming an Assistant Project Manager.


Thales SIX (Naval) are looking to recruit an Assistant Project Manager to join our integrated communications team.

You will be responsible for providing assistance to Project Managers delivering integrated communications equipment and systems to the Royal Navy. This role will be required to support the Project Manager and the project team in delivering the overall objectives of the project to the business and customer.

This role requires professional project management capabilities to be applied - giving rigour to change control, commercial awareness and stakeholder management together with the successful management of the relationship with internal and external customers.

This role will require SC Clearance. It would be advantageous if currently held; if not currently held it is expected that the post holder will undergo SC Clearance, please visit the UKSV website for further guidance.


This is a great opportunity to gain a broad exposure, knowledge and experience across all stages of the life cycle in bid and project management. You will also get excellent support and development from an extensive team of specialists and experts in the Naval Communication business, as well as the Bid & Project Management function.


What can we offer you?
On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes;

  • Half day every Friday, usually finishing around 13:00pm

  • Pension Scheme

  • 28 days annual leave (Plus Bank Holidays)  

  • Life Cover 

  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app

  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers

  • Gym membership discounts


Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

You will Support the Project Managers to:

  • Deliver key results and performance metrics within projects, including order intake, sales, gross margin and cash

  • Creation of the initial Project Plan during the bid or “Demand” phase of the lifecycle through requirement capture, work definition, estimating and scheduling that will include all Milestones, activities, resources and any other feature that will require to be delivered

  • Project Governance (the Gate and Stage Processes) over the bid and project delivery activities to ensure project, technical, procurement and support processes are applied and are effective in controlling risks

  • Ensure all business planning and reporting is published in accordance with Business directives e.g. Project Management reviews (PMR), Business Operations Report (BOR) and On Time Delivery (OTD)

  • Drive Quality, Cost & Delivery performance through close working with other functions

  • Manage all project stakeholders; ensuring strong communications are established and maintained

  • Ensure that members of the project team are actively managing Risk and Opportunities, and have a robust Project Management Plan

  • Ensure data integrity of all project information including financials and schedule. Use the Oracle and Primavera toolset to hold all financial, schedule and resource information

  • The role will also involve occasional ad-hoc duties that are not listed above but are necessary to respond to the needs of the business. These ad-hoc duties will be consistent with the nature of a management position within Thales


Skills and Experience:

  • It would be beneficial but not essential to have IPMA Level D professional accreditation or an equivalent Association for Project Management (APM) qualification or Prince 2. If not currently held the candidate should have a willingness to study for an equivalent qualification while performing the role.

  • You should have an awareness of generic processes and techniques used to schedule project activities (for example; Work Breakdown Structure, Organisational Breakdown Structure, milestones, dependencies, Earned Value Management).

  • Experience and understanding of the Project Management process (including Change Control, Risk Management and Information Management).

  • Experience and knowledge of the project life cycle for complex projects through delivery of Development, Implementation, Closure and Support activity.

  • Experience at building and managing stakeholder relationships across customers, partners, suppliers and internal stakeholders

  • Possess excellent communication and influencing skills

  • Have experience working autonomously and managing your own deliverables without the requirement of regular supervision


Your Career At Thales

We’re committed to giving you opportunities to be your best. We believe in embracing the passion and potential of our people, and to achieve this we offer market leading training, development and experiences, along with the opportunity to be mentored and coached by some of the smartest minds in the industry.

Your health and well-being matters to us and where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Thales is an equal opportunities employer and diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of Thales.


In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.


At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.


Thales UK is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process. To request an adjustment, if you need this job advert in an alternative format or if you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Resourcing Ops for mid to senior roles, or the Early Careers Team for graduate and apprentice roles.


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Manor Royal Business District
7 Magellan Terrace (Ground Floor)
Gatwick Road
West Sussex
RH10 9PJ
United Kingdom

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