Project Controller at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Warton North West
Programme Type:
Sponsored Degree Programme
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
June 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I have to update the Floorplan of my office every couple of weeks to make sure there are no overspend or underspend heads.

Whenever any team member is off I have to coordinate their work as well as my own

I have to capture benefits within the organisation and address them

Monitoring Budget and Spend of project making sure there are no discrepancies

Making sure employees have booked to contracts correctly

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I furthered my communication skills by having to give feedback to project managers of their employees booking hours thus this has increased my confidence

Further knowledge is psychological aspect to project management. If someone is in trouble or panicking, I need to know the skills to implement and to try to get the best out of them in that situation.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


It is a very good programme. It caters for my needs by letting me gain experience and paying for my education at the same time.

BAE are also a world renowned firm so there is always chance to move round the firm in relation to the future.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


From day one I felt valued. I thought due to my age people will undermined me within the firm, but everybody values my opinion and they don’t treat me like a child. Being my first full time job it was hard to adjust at first. However it took me a couple of weeks to get used to the environment of work.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It is very well organised. It is a 5 year scheme. For the first 3 years there it is the foundation degree. Also with this we are completing the higher apprenticeship alongside this. Thereafter the last 2 years I will complete the honours degree.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Every time I need my tutor they are always there to answer my emails with questions and queries. I have no problem by the training BAE are providing. But speaking to the 2nd years on the scheme it gets harder!

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


They have given me priceless help in terms of future progression any queries I have. This is particularly common with my my supervisors [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions].

My manager is also very subsidiary. She has taught me the systems of pure project control within BAE Systems. She sits down with me every month to make sure I alright within the firm.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


It is going very well. I have no problem with the salary that is given. It is higher then what most teenagers who are 18 get! It meets my needs by paying rent and food. BAE have also made it clear were I will be after the 5 years in terms of salary so I am satisfied with the pay.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes, BAE have football teams playing once every week which I sometimes join. It helps meeting new people and making contacts within the firm. Moreover it helps you stay fit and healthy which is a positive!

9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?


9b. Why?

Yes. The benefits like car leasing and flexi time is provided by BAE. So it helps with balancing family time. If you have an appointment for example you don’t have to book a working holiday off out can use flexi time which doesn’t affect annual holidays.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?

Be really sure that BAE is right for you. I know a couple of friends who looked at BAE and didn’t think it was right for whatever reason.

Once you’re in the firm staying in one job for 3 years is enough. This is because the first year you learn the job. The next year you implement the job and the following year you see what things could be changed within the role.

Moreover asking plenty of questions and planning your career from the very beginning so you know what steps to take to get to where you want. Lastly you can use reflection techniques because it takes you back so you can learn and improve on you skills.

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