Project Co-ordinator

400.00 - 480.00 GBP Daily
28 Nov 2016
12 Dec 2016
Engineering, Defence
Contract Type
Full Time
HandyStaff are currently recruiting a Government/Defence experienced Project Co-ordinator for our client based at Porton Down Wiltshire.

Due to the nature of the work and site only UK Nationals will be considered for the role, Due to security requirements Duel Nationals will not be eligible. If you make interview Stage, the following documents must be sent in 48 hours prior to interview to me - Verified Proof of Photo ID, Verified Proof of Address, SC verification Form, 2 DSTL Headed paper 5 Year References, BPSS Form. If these are not provided then the candidate will not be accepted on site for the interview.

Experience required:


Knowledge and experience within Cyber Socio-Technical systems
Demonstrates understanding and application of fundamental scientific/engineering principles.
Takes an innovative approach to problems/issues, and understands the importance of Horizon Scanning to inform strategy, develop research plans, etc.
Practical Systems Engineering skills.
Experience of working within the Defence and Security context.
Understanding of the relevant customer environments (MOD and Front Line Commands as a minimum).
Demonstrates the skills needed to review, direct and sign-off the technical work of others. Champions the scrutiny and challenge of technical work, and the early exposure and management of technical risk.


Understanding of Programme and Project Management.
Experience of delivering work through contractual frameworks.
Understanding of Dstl's business model.

Degree in IT, computer security, systems engineering or other associated discipline.
A Cyber Security qualification would be advantageous.

Other experience required:

1. Cyber socio-technical (people, process, technology) experience
2. Contextual knowledge of the Defence and Security sector
3. Clear evidence of application of scientific and technical knowledge
4. Overseeing the technical work of others
5. Understanding and complying with statutory requirements and standards
6. Demonstrates understanding and application of fundamental scientific/engineering principles.

Dstl has two projects where the Project Technical Authorities (PTAs) meed support. This role is for a Deputy PTA for these projects - Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (Defensive Cyber Vulnerabilities, Risk and Enterprise Decision Making) and Defensive Cyber Concepts and Solutions. With a close and productive working relationship, the PTA supports the Project Manager (PM) throughout the planning, execution and closure of a project as the primary focus for the project technical design, technical leadership and advice.
Key Performance Indicators will be:
• Contribution to creating and maintaining the project plan.
• Technical leadership including contribution to project reviews.
• Quality of approaches, methods and techniques used in the project, being defendable against scientific scrutiny.
• Project deliverables are of appropriate technical quality with maximum added value.
• Timely identification of technical risks and any assigned mitigating actions.
• Customer Feedback.
• Audit outcomes.
• Technical coherence with other projects.

The Deputy will support the PTA in providing advice to the PM on the overall technical design, including dependencies between work packages. The Deputy PTA will be directly supporting two projects and they will need to work seemlessly with the PTAs to provide technical leadership across the projects, e.g. representing the projects in project reviews, attending scheduled contractual review meetings with suppliers where appropriate, helping the PMs with change control, understanding and management of project technical risks and issues, ensuring technical coherence in project reporting and project deliverables:
• Monitoring technical progress and coordinating the technical aspects of project reviews. Advising PMs on appropriate actions in response to input from the LTR.
• Providing technical direction to the project teams, mentoring project team members on technical issues where appropriate.
• Advising the PMs on appropriate application of quality standards, procedures and checks, and on the selection of appropriate technical methods for the needs of the work package.
• Advising the PMs on key decisions at technical waypoints; ensure technical coherence of external and internal work; anticipating and addressing technical problems that emerge, working with the PMs to modify the project design if necessary.
• Identifying where particular roles in the project team require specific technical skills, professional qualifications and licenses to practice, and making recommendations to the PMs as necessary.
• Advising the PMs on the use of external suppliers, including: technical assessment of bids, technical design and risks, and technical waypoints.
• Ensuring suppliers have a common and shared understanding of customer requirements, a sound technical approach and appropriate technical review and assurance (commensurate with the specific contractual framework).
• Advising the PMs on appropriate mechanisms of technical knowledge capture for future exploitation