Job description for Risk Manager

Do you enjoy working independently and as a part of a team when required? Want to make a difference in an organisation that protects and supports the UK Armed Forces, bringing real meaning and impact to everything you do in your role? The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) are expanding our Risk Management teams and you could be the person we are looking for.

The risk management community is a group of circa 30 plus individuals focused on using their skills and experience to help the delivery of a wide range of complex, interesting projects and programmes delivering equipment for our armed forces.

You will utilise and develop your excellent leadership and communication skills whilst be proactive in explaining risk management processes. Working closely with our project delivery teams, you will support and guide others with the pro-active identification and maintain ongoing management of risks, threats, and opportunities to ensure successful delivery outcomes.  You will be given the opportunity to develop your risk management skills and knowledge within the nuclear submarine environment.

Want to hear what one of our current Risk Managers thinks about their role?

“As a risk manager I enjoy facilitating the risk processes for a range of interesting projects throughout the project lifecycle, giving me the opportunity to engage directly with subject matter experts in support of DE&S/SDA approvals and project management activities. I love the varying and challenging nature of the role and feeling very supported by the Risk function and community.”

These exciting roles will see you engage with stakeholders at different levels within our organisation. You will broaden and share your experience within the project risk environment with the opportunity for personal development.

At the SDA, we champion flexible ways of working. Regular in-person attendance of approximately 60% of your working week is required to promote the benefits of face-to-face collaboration alongside flexibility of hours to support work-life balance. Initially, you may be expected to attend more frequently to familiarise yourselves with the site, the team, and your role.

What you’ll be doing

  • Facilitating risk workshops on projects to identify and manage specific project / programme related threats opportunities and issues.
  • Overseeing the risk tool project and / or programme activities to ensure quality and accuracy of data therein.
  • Providing the project team with pro-active risk information to allow project team to understand current risk position, risk proximity and pro-active management actions.
  • Communicating key project threat and opportunity management data to key members of the project, programme, and leadership team, and to be able to recommend key items for escalation within the business.
  • Communicating and influencing leadership within the SDA projects and portfolios and supply chain within the risk technical field.

Person specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Demonstrable stakeholder management skills, both internal & external at various levels in an organisation
  • Experience of Risk (threats and opportunities) management in a project environment
  • Experience of interpreting supplier risk & modelling data

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competences and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Controlling a project Practitioner
  • Project Risk Practitioner
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership


Alongside your salary of £42,600, Ministry of Defence contributes £11,502 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • 25 days’ annual leave +1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • Flexible and hybrid working options
  • Market-leading average employer pension contribution of 27%
  • Annual performance-based bonus and recognition awards
  • Access to specialist training and funded qualifications
  • Support for progression
  • Huge range of discounts
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave schemes

Improving innovation and enriching our culture, diversity of thought is vital to our success. So whether you’re looking for a new opportunity, a next step, or a helping hand as you return from a career break, bring your experiences and help deliver for the defence of tomorrow. Here you’ll find a supportive, family-friendly organisation to be a part of – and if you need any assistance with your application, just let us know.

Further Information

Selection process details

Your application will go through the following stages of assessment:

  1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the Person Specification section of this advert. On your CV, please clearly show how you meet the essential criteria.
  2. Sift – Your CV will be assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system: Key Achievements; Relevant Experience; Applied Knowledge and Skills. Please follow our guidance on CV writing for best chance of success.
  3. Interview – If you’re invited to interview, you’ll be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the Technical Competences and Behaviours listed in the Person Specification section of this advert. When two (or more) candidates are on equal interview scores, positions will be offered based on the scores assessed at interview, in this order – 1st) Technical competence, 2nd) CV Review, 3rd) Behaviour one, 4th) Behaviour two.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Ready to join us as a Risk Manager? Apply today.

Job Details

We’re hiring on behalf of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA)

Job title

Risk Manager


£42,600 – £45,800 p.a (plus benefits)

Existing civil servants should refer to the Candidate Information Pack for salary information.

Contract type


Business area

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



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