Spherea UK, part of the Spherea Group of Companies, is a cross-industry provider of complex test systems; providing solutions to the major Aerospace, Defence & Space Primes as well as the platform manufacturers and defence contractors.

Our mission is to test the world and enable our clients to validate their new products & technologies and commercialise them quickly and cost-effectively. With an outstanding pedigree and test in our DNA we are involved in an unlimited field of applications and industries that can range from commercial aircrafts, light armoured vehicles, helicopters, battle tanks, space platforms, nuclear power stations control systems and even complete metro systems. Whether our customers are at the qualification, production or maintenance stage, we deliver the right solution to meet the requirements of their ambitious programmes.

Your Role

Spherea UK has entered a growth phase and we are hoping to welcome a Graduate/Junior Project Manager to join our team. For this position you will possess the aptitude and ability to develop the key skills required for effective project execution and delivery from launch through to closure, with accompanying responsibility for the achievement of quality, cost and on-time targets.

Initially managing simpler projects and providing support to an existing Project Manager to deliver large, more complex programmes, over time the individual will take full ownership of more challenging, higher value projects, utilising the skills that have been acquired during the early part of their time at Spherea.

Employed as a fully integrated member of the Project Management Office (PMO), the individual will also become actively involved in supporting the Sales Department with proposal definition, costing, scheduling and bid document preparation.

This position applies to entry/junior level Project Managers, with involvement in projects of increasing scope and contractual obligations, with the main characteristics and requirements summarised as follows;

  • Project size up to £50k initially, with a duration of 3-6 months
  • Involvement of COTS and some limited new technologies or products.
  • Build to print activities.
  • Participation in customer facing meetings and discussions.
  • Management of small multi-discipline teams within the organisation.
  • Engagement with suppliers and sub-contractors in support of project delivery objectives.
  • Collation, analysis and presentation of incurred and estimated project costs to senior management.
  • Production of project documents and presentations.
  • Close engagement with the project technical team

Project success

To ensure the success of an allocated project, the Project Manager is expected to;

  • Organise and lead a project Kick Off meeting with the participation of key stakeholders and resources to ensure a proper handover between the bid and execution phase.
  • Organise and lead a project Kick Off event with the customer.
  • Define and maintain the project organisation including but not limited to a quality plan, work breakdown structure, deliverables list and schedule.
  • Ensure that the project is accurately entered into the company’s project reporting system and any other applicable IT tools.
  • Initiate, coordinate and control tasks according to the project plan and in line with the project lifecycle process.
  • Hold project reviews as appropriate with the project team and with the customer, producing accompanying meeting minutes and action list.
  • Identify required resources (skills and capacity) and assign them to the project in coordination with the Delivery Team. Evaluate the need for external subcontractors, seeking the appropriate approvals to address potential internal resourcing shortfalls.
  • Prepare for and participate in project reviews.
  • Pro-actively identify, report and if necessary escalate project issues, proposing and implementing corrective actions.
  • Maintain an up to date estimate of the project’s financial position, including but not limited to: Revenue, cash position, costs-to-date, gross margin, cost –to-complete, work in progress and deliverables.
  • Maintain a risk and opportunities register with mitigation actions identified.
  • Ensure the timely identification of invoicing opportunities.
  • Initiate and monitor external purchases (material, labour and services) with the support of the appropriate business support functions

Contribute to the offer creation process

At the request of the business, Project Managers participate in the Go/No Go and Bid Reviews process for projects that they may lead, or where their experience is needed to develop a commercial and technical proposal.

The Project Managers participates in the offer creation process by:

  • Defining or supporting the definition of the proposed project schedule, work breakdown schedule and key milestones with the aim of minimising risk.
  • Evaluating the project delivery workload and resource requirements.
  • Contributing to the identification and estimating of project risks and opportunities.
  • Identifying the obligations of the customer and propose corresponding wording to be included in the commercial proposal.
  • Assist the Sales Team in presenting the commercial and technical offer

Evaluation criteria

The performance of a project manager is evaluated based upon:

  • The identified project success criteria for their individual or supported projects.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Accurate and timely project cost estimate to completion and resource loading.
  • Adherence to the project management process

Candidates with an understanding or appreciation of a technical/engineering environment is desirable but not essential.

Reporting Line

The Project Manager reports to the Head of the PMO.

Spherea UK offers a comprehensive rewards package including a generous holiday allowance and a pension with a high level of employer contribution. Through our fully funded benefits scheme you can enjoy products that ensure you stay healthy and secure and suit todays demanding lifestyles. These include family level private healthcare, complimentary therapies cash plan (dental, optical, physio, EAP), Life Assurance and Income Protection.


  • Competitive salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Generous Pension Scheme (4% EE & 8% ER)
  • Full Family Healthcare Plan
  • Family Cash Plan
  • 27 Days Holiday (plus Bank Holidays)
  • The ability to work remotely (after a qualifying period)
  • Cycle Scheme

If you feel you could be a good addition to our team, please send us your CV via careers@spherea.co.uk or click the link below.