Operations Director - Design, Engineering & Science

Global Innovation and Technology Centre, Back Lane, Melbourn, Hertfordshire, SG8 6DP, United Kingdom, Melbourn SG8 6DP, GB


Company description

About PA. 

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.  

As strategies, technologies, and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity. 

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results. 

We are over 4,000 strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers, and technologists. And we have deep expertise in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport.  

Our teams operate globally from offices across the UK, Ireland, US, Nordics, and Netherlands. 

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job description

Would you like to work with a high-performing team that builds cool products? 

Our Design, Engineering & Science (DES) team are looking for an exceptional Operations Director. You will be a leading contributor to the transformation of the DES stream operating model, impacting how we work both internally with other teams and externally with clients. You will also be key in making sure that the operations of the DES stream run smoothly and efficiently, via improved resource management, governance and financial management.  

You will report to the DES Stream Lead 


Flexible working - We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.  

You will have opportunity to: 

  • Implement an operational engine to deliver the DES business plan. 

  • Define and deliver a governance structure for DES leadership. 

  • Own the quality system for DES along with the associated delivery and transformation objectives. 

  • Deliver the organisational change necessary to deliver a consistent approach to major project delivery across the DES teams and studios.  

  • Support the definition and delivery of an apprpriate approach to global resource management. 


About You 

  • You will have experience owning operations within a Professional Services environment. 

  • You will have led on transformation activities and the associated organisational changes.  

  • You will be a leading voice in setting the direction of travel for your department/organisation.   

  • You will have experience in producing and presenting reports to Senior/C-suite stakeholders.  

  • You will be passionate about growth and innovation, and will look to improve performance via a growth mindset rather than cost-cutting.  

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you. 

Apply today by completing our online application 

Additional information

Life at PA 

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work. 

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.  

Find out more about Life at PA here

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits: 

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family 

  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days  

  • Generous company pension scheme 

  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives  

  • Annual performance-based bonus 

  • PA share ownership 

  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn) 

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups. 

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us. 

Operations Director, Operations Manager, COO, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations 

Contact the team

We look forward to hearing from you.