Project Management & Controls

Project Managers are the people who have the responsibility of delivering projects safely, on schedule and on budget.


Project managers lead an integrated project team of professionals in the design, construction, commissioning or decommissioning of some of the most challenging projects across industry.

Programme managers take a more strategic view whilst managing a group of related projects and business as usual activities to bring about a beneficial change to the organisation.

Project controls are vital for the successful completion of any project and provide the “eyes and ears” of good project delivery. Project Control is about the intelligent use of lifecycle data to support delivery and adds value by looking ahead and identifying potential issues that may impact delivery.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Whether you are embarking on a career in project management, programme management or project controls, it is vital to understand all areas therefore, whilst on the scheme, you will have 6 monthly placements in all 3 professions. You will typically take the role of supporting the Project Manager, Programme Manager or Project Controls Manager; whilst working in these roles you’re given hands on responsibility and accountability for delivering work on challenging, live projects and programmes.

Progression possibilities:

Within project management, programme management and project controls there are fantastic opportunities for career progression. The project management and programme management career pathways are well-defined and detail the steps you need to progress to the next stage in your career. Through hard work and commitment you could potentially become an industry-leading project or programme manager who is responsible for multi-million pound projects/programmes.

Similarly, with Project Controls you will be aligned to a discipline (planning/cost engineering) to specialise in. As you progress through the dedicated project controls career pathway you can potentially become senior within that discipline, or progress to become a Project Controls Manager.

The professions align to the Association for Project Management (APM) as the professional chartered body. All of our graduates also receive funding for professional membership.

There are also a number of opportunities for further training and education across the project delivery professions through the Project Academy for Sellafield, both on the graduate scheme and beyond.

Take the step for a rewarding and exciting career with Sellafield Ltd, apply for our graduate scheme today.

Location: Sellafield, West Cumbria

Join us as a graduate in project management, project controls & programme, and from the outset you’ll be responsible for delivering highly challenging and ground breaking projects. We’ll support you to achieve professional qualifications through the Association for Project Management (APM) and develop the skills to fulfil your potential.

What degrees are we looking for?

Project and programme management is an exciting and challenging industry to work in where you will be responsible for working in multi-discipline teams to deliver projects and programmes safely, on schedule and to budget.

We’re looking for graduates with a 2:2 (Hons) degree or above in any subject. Most importantly, we’re looking for candidates with the skills and behaviours to work in dynamic integrated project or programme teams. These include great organisational skills, logical thinking, attentive listener, proactive, confident and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders.

We also have some incredible professional development opportunities available through the Project Academy for Sellafield – an industry leading training and development framework.


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