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Job description for SDA Junior Project Manager

Are you an inspiring Project Manager excited by the opportunity to shape and define the project delivery of some of the biggest and complex defence programmes in the UK today? The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) are currently seeking an enthusiastic, driven and dynamic Junior Project Manager to join our team at Rosyth.

As a standalone entity within the MOD, the SDA has been created as a high-performing organisation, bringing together existing expertise with heightened managerial, commercial and procurement capability to ensure the excellence and cost-efficient delivery of the UK’s nuclear submarine assets for decades to come.

This role will see you directly supporting the introduction of the Submarine Dismantling capability, working hand in hand with our industry partners.  Want to hear what one of our team thinks of their role?

“I would highly recommend working in the SDP; they are a fantastic and friendly team. During my time, I have been able to integrate easily and work alongside people who bring a wealth of experience to the SDA and valuable benefits to the business. The work is always varied and interesting which leads to a breadth of opportunity that can’t be matched in most other jobs. There are also many benefits to joining the MOD that can’t be replicated in the private sector: a sector-leading pension scheme and flexible working arrangements, for example.”

The SDA is also responsible for the decommissioning and dismantling and fully recycling of 27 ex-service nuclear submarines under its Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP) and this vacancy will work within the SDP team in Rosyth. Working in a team of 25 civil servants, you will be directly involved in the delivery of the Submarine Dismantling & Recycling capability, working hand in hand with our industrial partners (Babcock) and suppliers towards delivery of associated projects.  As a Junior Project Manager, you will be reporting to and supported by the Senior Project Manager, playing a key supporting role in the delivery of these projects.

We operate a hybrid working environment and the expectation is that you will attend site around/approximately two to three times a week subject to business needs.

Responsibilities for SDA Junior Project Manager

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary functions in managing a Control Account or simple projects demonstrating ability to lead as future managers.
  • Develop and control all relevant project documentation from project plans, project schedules, status reports and risk registers to deliver specific project outputs within an established baseline, measuring progress via monthly drumbeat, explaining variances and taking corrective action.
  • Conduct internal and external stakeholder analysis work to identify and understand stakeholder requirements, interests and influences or support in the development of these elements for control accounts.
  • Understand and demonstrate the contractual obligations and the role of suppliers to meet a project’s requirements.
  • Manage risk, assumptions, issues, dependencies and opportunities for simple projects or support in the development of these elements for larger projects proactively engaging with Project Controls Function
  • Maintain project delivery within defined parameters through effective liaison with project controls.

Proactively ensure the development of your career management plan

Person specification

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

  • Experience in managing a project to deliver outputs and outcomes
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and building positive working relationships
  • The ability to solve problems and find solutions
  • Proven ability to be resilient in an ever changing and volatile environment

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

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Controlling a Project
  • Planning and Scheduling


We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • 25 days’ holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, with plenty of opportunities and support for progression
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • Up to six days of paid leave a year for volunteering
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave schemes, offering 100% pay for 26 weeks (after a qualifying period)
  • We champion a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and give their best. We believe that by harnessing the power of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
  • Discover more about SDA Benefitsand pension schemes.

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Job Details

Job title

SDA Junior Project Manager


£32,500 – £35,000

Contract type


Business area

Project Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts


Recruitment contact

Eva Manley – SDA Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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