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Graduate Project Manager

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Job Description

Leonardo – Engineering the Future


Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?


Leonardo’s Graduate Programme develops promising young graduates into engineers and business professionals of the future.


As Graduate Project Manager, you will:

  • Manage and deliver assigned projects Detectors infra-red projects for new and existing products to time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction under the guidance of the Programme Manager. 
  • Work with the Programme Manager and project teams to clarify and document business requirements in order to ensure project plans are comprehensive, realistic and in line with Detectors business objectives.
  • Communicate project plans and progress across the business in order to ensure all stakeholders are briefed and up to date.
  • Summarise salient planning and project progress in order to provide advice and make recommendations for consideration by the senior levels within organisation.
  • Learn to lead and develop a project team, ensuring work is resourced and allocated effectively by coordinating with Functional Leads to satisfy project requirements while following business processes.
  • Implement the Business' Life Cycle Management Process in your assigned projects


Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented graduates who want to work at the forefront of our technology.  With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.


Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body.  

At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge.  As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking.  We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges




Key Responsibility Areas

  • All responsibilities will be supported by the Programme Manager
  • Responsible for successful delivery (on time, to cost & quality) of all assigned projects across the whole life cycle including preparation, review and management of project plans, whilst mitigating risk, to ensure the business meets targets & objectives.
  • Maximise the profitability of the assigned projects.
  • Management of project risks and opportunities
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships, with both internal and external stakeholders, in order to influence project activities through effective communication.
  • Lead the project teams effectively
  • Reporting on project progress to Senior Management



Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • All our roles require predicted minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Engineering or science degree or a higher degree such as a MEng, MSc. or PhD. 
  • You must be able to satisfy the necessary security clearance for the role applied for and meet a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Flexibility including ability and willingness to travel and visit customer sites (occasional travel in UK and abroad).
  • Fully conversant with current IT/computer software packages (i.e. word, excel, PowerPoint).


  • Background in a technical development or manufacturing environment would be an advantage.
  • SAP Experience


What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values its people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus
  • Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility) & 3 performance related pay reviews within the 2 years
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers, including gym membership 
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site 
  • Free parking


Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.


Our Assessment dates run from November 2018 to April 2019 and roles WILL be closed once offered.






Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,600 employees. With its offices and industrial plants, the Company is present in 180 sites worldwide, with a significant industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.


Contact information:

Recruitment Team

Email: leonardo.gb@mailhr.info

Phone: 0333 999 3379