What do we do?

From the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on earth, to the coastline and anywhere in-between, we make the impossible possible through our continuous passion for innovation.  That innovation comes from our greatest asset: our people. They design, engineer and manufacture technologies that are enabling our customers to discover, navigate, measure, detect and communicate in the toughest environment on earth: our oceans.  We’ve been actively developing the technology to make the oceans accessible for nearly 50 years and we’re only just getting started…

Who are we looking for?

This role will primarily be responsible for successful execution of engineering projects against specified objectives (Project Manager). The role will also share responsibility for the Project Management Office tools, processes and compliance with other PMO officers and the Engineering Director (PMO Officer).

Your responsibilities:

A Project Manager at Entry level is likely to be responsible for applying the following under supervision in non-complex situations:

  • Promoting the wider public good in all actions, acting in morally, legally and socially appropriate manner in dealings with stakeholders and members of project teams and the organisation
  • Preparing and maintaining schedules for project activities and events, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements
  • Managing stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests

A Project Manager at Entry level is likely to have a working knowledge of the following but unlikely to have to apply their knowledge:

  • Identifying, addressing and resolving differences between individuals and/or interest groups
  • Securing the provision of resources needed for projects from internal and/or external providers
  • Preparing and maintaining definitions of the requirements of projects
  • Determining the best means of satisfying requirements within the context of project objectives and constraints i.e. developing solutions
  • Developing, implementing and updating resources allocations plans (other than finance) needed for projects, taking account of availabilities and scheduling
  • Developing and agreeing budgets for projects and controlling forecast and actual costs against them
  • Identifying and monitoring project risks (threats and opportunities), planning and implementing responses to them and responding to other issues that affect projects
  • Developing, maintaining and applying quality management processes for project activities and outputs
  • Consolidating and documenting the fundamental components of projects (scope, schedule, resource requirements, budgets, risks, opportunities and issues, and quality requirements)
  • Establishing, and implementing where necessary, protocols to change the scope of projects and updating configuration documents as required
  • Preparing, gaining approval of, refining and updating business cases that justify the initiation and/or continuation of projects in terms of benefits, costs and risks

A Project Manager at Entry level is likely to be aware of the following but is unlikely to have to apply their knowledge:

  • Selecting, developing and managing teams
  • Empowering and inspiring others to deliver successful projects
  • Agreeing contracts for the provision of goods and/ or services, monitoring compliance and managing Variances
  • Managing the integration of project outputs into business-as-usual, addressing the readiness of users, compatibility of work systems and the realisation of benefits
  • Establishing and maintaining governance arrangements for the delivery of projects, defining clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, that align with organisational practice
  • Identifying and/or developing frameworks and methodologies that ensure management of projects will be comprehensive and consistent across different initiatives (“framework” refers to the parameters, constraints or rules established to standardise delivery)
  • Establishing and managing reviews at appropriate points during and after projects, which will inform governance of projects by providing evaluations of progress, methodologies and continuing relevance
  • Identifying, defining, evaluating, planning, tracking and realising the business benefits of programme (and/or the projects within them)

Typical responsibilities for PMO Officers

A PMO Officer is likely to be responsible for applying the following independently, primarily in situations of limited complexity:

  • Promoting the public wider all good in all actions, acting in morally, legally and socially appropriate manner in dealings with stakeholders and members of portfolio teams and organisation
  • Identifying, addressing and resolving differences between individuals and/or interest groups
  • Preparing and maintaining schedules of activities and events of projects and/or programmes in portfolios, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements
  • Developing and agreeing budgets for projects and/or programmes in portfolios and controlling forecast and actual costs against them
  • Identifying and monitoring project and/or programme and/or portfolio risks (threats and opportunities), planning and implementing responses to them and responding to other issues that affect projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios
  • Managing stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests
  • Identifying and/or developing frameworks and methodologies that ensure management of projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios will be comprehensive and consistent across different initiatives (“framework” refers to the parameters, constraints or rules established to standardise delivery)
  • Establishing and managing reviews at appropriate points during and after projects and/or programmes in portfolios, providing evaluations of progress, methodologies and continuing relevance
  • Establishing, and implementing where necessary, protocols to change the scope of projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios and updating configuration documents as required
  • Identifying, defining, evaluating, planning, tracking and realising the business benefits of programmes (and/or the projects within them)

A PMO Officer is likely to be responsible for applying the following under supervision, primarily in non- complex situations:

  • Empowering and inspiring others to deliver successful projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios
  • Securing the provision of resources needed for projects and/or programmes from internal and/or external providers
  • Determining the best means of satisfying requirements within the context of project and/or programme and/or portfolio objectives and constraints i.e. developing solutions
  • Developing, implementing and updating resources allocations plans (other than finance) needed for projects and/or programmes in portfolios, taking account of availabilities and scheduling
  • Developing, maintaining and applying quality management processes for project and/or programme and/or portfolio activities and outputs
  • Consolidating and documenting the fundamental components of projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios (scope, schedule, resource requirements, budgets, risks, opportunities and issues and quality requirements)
  • Managing the integration of project outputs and/or programme outcomes/benefits into business-as-usual (programme office only), addressing the readiness of users, compatibility of work systems and the realisation of benefits
  • Planning and controlling finances of programmes and/or portfolios as means of driving performance and as part of the organisation’s overall financial management
  • Preparing and maintaining an overall schedule for resource use, which avoids bottlenecks and conflicting demands, and sequencing outcomes, to enable the efficient realisation of benefits programme office only)
  • Establishing and maintaining governance arrangements for the delivery of projects and/or programmes, defining clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, that align with organisational practice
  • Gathering independent evidence that the information from projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios is valid and are likely to achieve their aims
  • Identifying additional capabilities required by members of the extended team and helping with their Development to.

In addition to the application of the competences listed above (for which the knowledge is inferred), a PMO Officer is likely to require a higher knowledge rating in the competences described below:

  • A PMO Officer is likely to require a detailed knowledge of, and will be able to critically evaluate and adapt as required, the following in complex situations:
  • Promoting the wider public good in all actions, acting in a morally, legally and socially appropriate manner in dealings with stakeholders and members of project, programme and/or portfolio teams and the organisation
  • A PMO Officer is likely to require a comprehensive knowledge of the following, primarily in situations of limited complexity:
  • Developing, implementing and updating resources allocations plans (other than finance) needed for projects and/or programmes and/or portfolios, taking account of availabilities and scheduling
  • A PMO Officer is likely to require a working knowledge of the following:
  • Agreeing, monitoring and managing contracts for the provision of goods and/or services
  • Preparing and maintaining definitions of the requirements of projects and/or programmes
  • Preparing, gaining approval of, refining and updating project and/or programme business cases that justify their initiation and/or continuation in portfolios in terms of benefits, costs and risks

Our culture:

There are no limits to what you can achieve at Sonardyne.  We have an open and innovative culture where every member of the team has a challenging role with plenty of opportunities to develop and grow. Every member of the team has the chance to influence and shape the future of our technology. In addition to mentoring, professional development and training, we actively promote hands-on experience of our solutions in the ocean environment.

We also like to have some fun, with a very active social group regularly laying on subsidised events.  There are great pubs, running and cycling routes on the doorstep and other sports facilities nearby.

We keep our salaries competitive and offer a modest benefits package:

  • 25 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme – employees can buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • Sickness Absence benefit plan with long term absence insurance cover
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Flexible Working Arrangements Scheme
  • Discretionary Performance Related Pay Scheme, designed to recognise employees contribution to our success

Ready to join the team…?  …then e-mail your CV and cover letter to the HR.TEAM@SONARDYNE.COM

STRICTLY NO AGENCIES PLEASE.