Head of Science and Project Support

Southampton, Hampshire
£45,271 - £52,061
31 Aug 2018
16 Sep 2018
Job Function
Other, Project Support
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us

The Natural Environment Research Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

About the role

The National Oceanography Centre is seeking a Head of Science and Project Support to provide visible leadership to the Project Management Profession and its user community. The role develops and assures the delivery of an effective and efficient service ensuring appropriate support is available to all Delivery Leads, Principal investigators and the members of each Group in support of their delivery obligations. Paramount to the success of this customer service function is building and developing a team that communicates and builds commitment to a shared vision and sense of purpose so that they can support business areas to take decisions and take the lead in their area of expertise.

You will have oversight of a variety of projects by leading, mentoring and developing the relevant Project Managers and Project Support Officers to ensure efficient delivery e.g. on time, on budget and that the risks are managed and that benefits are delivered over time. A crucial aspect of the role is to lead on the development of continuous improvement through the establishment of lessons learnt logs that need to be maintained and used on a regular basis.   

NOC aims is to become independent from NERC/UKRI by establishing NOC as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. The Head of Science and Project Support will play a pivotal role in leading the team through this significant organisational change, acting as a role model to the wider community throughout the transition, demonstrating positive behaviours and professional excellence by capitalising on the opportunities that the change will bring.

About you

As Head of Science and Project Support, you will provide vision and leadership to develop and deliver an excellent service, essential to this is extensive experience leading successful project teams. Throughout this experience, you will have developed excellent mentoring and coaching skills, with a proven track record of developing individuals and teams to their full potential.  Experience of leading teams through significant change and implementing business change products would be highly desirable. You will report to and work closely with the Associate Director of Corporate Business Support as an integral member of the wider Corporate Business Support (CBS) Directorate. You will work with your counterparts across CBS on a business-partnering basis to ensure continuity and alignment, and a cost-effective, customer focus corporate service to NOC’s delivery directorates.

You will be an excellent communicator with a natural focus on stakeholders, with the ability to foster partnerships and work collaboratively across boundaries in order to achieve performance results. You will have the ability to anticipate, recognise and effectively deal with existing or potential conflicts; adapt to changing circumstances whilst remaining calm and maintaining performance is essential.

As a qualified project manager, you will have experience of managing work streams within a complex interdependent environment that may have involved detailed work associated with a project lifecycle. You will be dynamic and solution orientated with a positive and proactive approach to challenges. You will be highly numerate and have the ability to critically analyse and interpret complex data.

What we offer

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 16th September 2018.