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Project Controller

Atkins - Defence
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Leading the edge of transformation.

Join our organisation, where we have a huge variety of projects on-the-go at any one time. So when you start this role with us, it could take your career wherever your interests lie. You'll find everyone here is willing to pitch in and help because we all want you to succeed, and we're ready to help you grow.

When it comes to living your life, we want you to get the most out of it. So talk to us about all our flexible and remote working policies that can support your personal priorities. Also, ask us about some of our recent pledges for Women's Equality, as well as being a 'Disability Confident' and 'Inclusive Employer.'

Read more about how you can thrive with us.

As a Project Controller in the PMO Services and Solutions Practice you will make a tangible, sustainable impact on the world as part of our Security, Intelligence, and Government markets within ADS&T. Support projects across their entire lifecycle, providing key controlling and governance. Your focus will be financial management, updating cost trackers, managing time and expense bookings, preparing invoices, and contributing to project financial reporting. As you progress with us, your role will expand. You'll take on monitoring and reporting on risk, controlling contract changes, interacting with stakeholders, coordinating suppliers, project planning, resourcing, and general business support.

Your purpose:

About you-

The successful candidate will excel working alongside clients, affecting change and delivering to a high standard in their environments. It is essential you possess well developed written and verbal communication skills and can demonstrate strong stakeholder skills or have consultancy experience. At times you may have competing priorities therefore good time management and prioritisation skills are essential.

Technical Delivery-

  • Experience of working in a project delivery environment or PMO with a good understanding of structured and agile frameworks & methodologies (e.g. APMP, PRINCE2, SAFe, MSP) would be beneficial.
  • Project planning, Scheduling, monitoring, and reporting, with P6, Microsoft Project or JIRA experience desirable.
  • Understanding of Risk and Issue management.
  • Commercial and financial processes will make a large element of this role. This includes:
    • Update interim and final accruals.
    • Investigate and report on variances.
    • Identify existing and future commitments.
    • Hold end of month checkpoints with Project Manager to update and input forecasts.
    • Provide guidance across delivery team on finance matters.

Client Interaction-

  • Ability to identify and analyse problems to recommend actions to clients, communicating both to key stakeholders and presenting information through reports, dashboards and slides as appropriate.
  • Ability to build relationships with immediate contacts.
  • Supporting colleagues in their day-to-day interactions with clients.
  • Engaging with our clients and/or representatives to provide day-to-day advice as required.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team, either on client site or in the office.
  • Building relationships with clients at all levels in a business environment.
  • Gaining client trust.
  • Maintaining a flexible attitude to working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

What you can bring?

  • Teamwork – Ability to work cooperatively with others and provide help where required.
  • Communication – High emotional intelligence - listens and questions effectively, concise verbal and written communication skills and effective questioning/listening skills. Able to communicate with confidence at higher and lower levels.
  • Flexibility – Ability to adapt approach to individual situations and remain calm under pressure.
  • Willing to work flexible working week if required. Understand the needs and constraints of projects and can flex around these constraints.
  • Customer Focus – Delivers a high level of customer service to our external and internal customers.
  • Achievement – Looks to exceed client aspirations and works to goals and manages obstacles.
  • Energy, pride and determination in meeting targets and overcoming challenges.
  • Initiative – Ability to analyse data and situations, break down work into key tasks and activities.
  • A passion for developing technically and professionally.
  • Ethics and integrity – A collaborative team-player and operates to high behavioural standards and business ethics and is always an ambassador for our wider business.
  • Collegiate – Manage client demands whilst contributing to the development of the PMO Services and Solutions practice.

Qualifications we expect-

  • You have at least a degree or equivalent qualification and may hold, or be working towards professional qualifications.
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office products such as Word and PowerPoint or equivalent, advanced Excel skills would be highly desirable.

Why work for Atkins?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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