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Project Controls Manager

United Kingdom
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Project Management
Full Time
Flexible working available
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

We are looking for someone with a high level of experience of Project Controls including cost, budget and estimating to join our Project Controls team at AWE Nuclear Security Technologies.

We are in the countryside between Reading and Basingstoke with onsite parking. There are good bus links between Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury.

Salary Range: £48,030 to £58,000 depending on experience

As a Project Controls Manager (within - Governance, Planning, Risk, Reporting, and Controls) you will head multi-functional Project Controls teams. You’ll collaborate with Project Managers and Supply Chain to produce a pragmatic cost baseline.

You will need to engage, negotiate, and influence people across the business to ensure effective project cost controls are in place.

You could be working on maintaining existing infrastructure or ensuring the successful introduction of our new capability.

A typical day for you could look like this:

  • Managing risk, including ownership of qualitative and quantitative assessments to schedule predictability and cost.
  • Influencing and supporting project managers and procurement to ensure schedule momentum and cash flow KPI’s.
  • Role modelling best practice in conceptual estimating, funding stage gates, basic contingency principals and procurement principals.
  • Coordinating and facilitating planning sessions and workshops to compile the master project/programme schedule baseline, ensuring an achievable duration.
  • Utilising your expertise in procurement schedules to create achievable lead times within the schedule.
  • Prioritising materials and equipment orders to meet scheduled install dates.
  • Influencing key stakeholders to facilitate sign off of baseline and encouraging visibility of regular progress updates.
  • Introducing robust change processes, ensuring schedules, interfaces, cost, risk, and changes are managed appropriately.
  • Owning the change management process and workflow
  • Highlighting trends and root causes of deviations against the baseline using lead and lag indicators and reporting effective remedial actions in order to drive best value for the client.

We would like you to have experience of:
  • Delivering Controls in a major project/ programme environment, ideally within Defence, Data Centre’s, Life Sciences, Pharma, R&D facilities, Industrial, Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics sectors
  • Mentoring and developing a multi-functional controls team
  • Controls/ general software applications such as Primavera (P6), Power BI
  • Insight into engineering, procurement, contracts, construction processes
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management
  • Heading collaborative focus groups

Important note: Please be aware, this vacancy is not suitable for Project Managers as we need very specific experience of Project Controls rather than Project Management. This role entails working within project teams alongside project managers, planners and Cost Engineers to advise solely on Cost and Budget.

We have a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Every 2nd Friday off
  • Death in service benefit

You can find out more about our benefits on our AWE Careers careers site which is where you will need to submit your application.

You must be willing and able to obtain and maintain Security/ Developed Vetting Clearance (funded by the AWE) in order to start with us in this role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.

You will be required to carry out all of your duties from the UK and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

Important things you need to know:
  • Interviews will be scheduled during working hours.
  • Interviews will be 90 minutes on TEAMS and will include a 5-to-10-minute presentation.
  • You will be on site up to 3 days per week

For more information about the role or the recruitment journey, get in touch with me at: [email protected]

(Sorry agencies - this role is being managed by our inhouse TA team)


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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