High Performance Computing Project Manager

  • Full Time
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • £45110 - £65000 per annum + plus benefits USD / Year

Website AWE

AWE is looking for an experienced and adaptable Project Manager to lead the delivery, installation and commissioning of a new High Performance Computing (HPC) capability. The Project Manager will also be responsible for reporting to the accountable Senior Project Manager for ensuring the obsolescence management of future HPC, Storage, Networks and Workstations capabilities in accordance with the customer’s service level agreement. Your focus will be on taking ownership of assigned projects, addressing any technical and resource issues to mitigate risks, and driving the delivery forwards to time, cost, and quality. You will work closely with the HPC team to ensure capability, the availability of networks around site, and work stations etc. As the Project Manager, you will be the main point of contact for all suppliers, the construction team, and sub contractors. This is a fast paced and interesting area of the business, you will need to be both reactive and proactive, thinking pre-emptively on equipment obsolescence and renewal. This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the safety of our nation.

Location: This role is located in Aldermaston, in the Berkshire countryside between Reading and Basingstoke. This role is suitable for hybrid working.

Salary: From £45,110 – £65,000 depending on experience and suitability.

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (including bank holidays, plus every other Friday off).
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, and access to mentors & training.
  • Employee assistance programme and occupational health services.
  • Market leading contributory pension scheme.
  • AWE Life Assurance policy.
  • Discounts & salary sacrifice scheme – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • A technical degree qualification (i.e computing, electrical engineering etc) would be beneficial but is not essential.
  • Demonstrable experience utilising Microsoft Project to schedule and plan would be advantageous.
  • Experience working in a HPC environment, including facilities and data hall management, factory and site acceptance testing management and commissioning, HPC original equipment manufacturing, reading technical specifications etc.
  • Demonstrable leadership and the ability to build strong focused teams.
  • Skills to create and update all project documentation, including project management plans and supporting risks, assumptions, actions, issues & dependencies.
  • Experience of project management tools and techniques for budgeting, change management and project goal setting.
  • Ability to effectively prioritise workload, resources, and deadlines within high pressure complex environments.
  • A proven record to drive project deliverables forward, working cooperatively with teams who have a broad range of skills.
  • Robust interpersonal skills with staff at all levels, with excellent customer and key stakeholder relationship skills.
  • Knowledge of methods to track project deliverables including implementing key performance indicators and producing project progress reports.
  • Risk techniques to manage project risks and interdependencies with efficient mitigation and contingency plans.
  • Experience to manage projects through a lifecycle and the associated governance, including stage gate approvals.
  • Ability to solve problems and deliver results through creative solutions and collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  • Desire for continuous improvement through evaluation of both successes and failures.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to be hands-on in a fast-paced, growing company.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Deliver assigned projects in accordance with requirements, operational constraints, time, cost, and quality.
  • Lead, coach and develop a team at a local level to deliver team and personal objectives safely and securely to meet our operational plans.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security, and quality and be a great team player.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects with focus on Governance (compliance and reporting).
  • Management of project resources (people, money).
  • Lead the planning of the task/project.
  • Lead, support, and initiate change against the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB).
  • Lead, initiate and perform risk and opportunity identification and subsequent actions.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post. The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.


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