Project Director Defence

Job Description

Description and requirements

Skanska, one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, is an inclusive and responsible business that is helping to build a better society.

Our UK-wide building team has built a reputation for delivering high quality projects in Commercial and Mixed-used developments, Healthcare, Custodial, Education and Defence Sectors.

To build on our success we are looking for a Project Director for Defence to lead the Tender, Design and Construction process, maximise the team’s potential to safely and commercially deliver a successful project. Maintain the Skanska Brand, ensuring Clients, users and local community are proud of and satisfied with their development. 


  • Own and control the Contract Programme, the Mode and Method for the delivery strategy, the Target Programme adjustments (through the project planning manager) and the Package split concept (through the commercial lead)
  • Chair appropriate management meetings including Client reporting meetings, monthly senior managers briefing meetings, monthly senior team meetings, Health and Safety meetings and briefings and Forecasting and reporting meetings.
  • Lead and develop the Project Plan and ensure its implementation reflects the Head Contract
  • Lead and develop, in conjunction with the Design lead,  the Design Change Management philosophy in accordance with the Project Strategy
  • Deliver a quality project that meets the clients agreed specification to time and budget.  This includes ensuring the appropriate project reporting is completed within the agreed timeframe and providing clear direction to the project team
  • Sign off the quality plan and lead its implementation

We’re looking for: 

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering DIO/MOD projects working through PCSA stages, successfully converting and delivering on time and to budget 
  • Clear understanding of and demonstrable experience of the MOD/DIO, ability to manage expectations and deliver to budgetary constraints
  • Track record in successfully managing and controlling costs, delivering against deadlines, maintaining
  • Experience in recruiting, developing, supporting, leading and retaining highly successful large project teams 
  • Experience of varied forms of contract including NEC, MPTC and JCT would be highly relevant
  • Knowledge and experience of working within secure UK environments would be advantageous

Equal opportunities

We thrive through embracing differences, whether they be social backgrounds, ethnicity, disability, gender identity or expression, age, religion, sexual orientation and any other protected characteristic – we know that diversity opens a rich potential for new ways of thinking, helping us to build successful and high-performing teams. We call it Naturally Skanska.  

Flexible working 

We welcome you to ask about flexibility at interview stage and we will explore what is possible for the role.  

Reasonable adjustments  

We would like you to perform at your best at every stage of our recruitment process. Please contact us using if you require any adjustments that would support you throughout your application.  

More information about the role 

Please note this is an advert for our job vacancy, and therefore may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the role described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Skanska. For a full role profile, please contact us:  

Closing date 

The closing date for this vacancy may be subject to change any time at the sole discretion of the business.