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Project Manager

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Daresbury Laboratory - Warrington
£32,570 to £35,403 per annum (dependent on skills and experience).
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Project Manager

Salary: Band D £32,570 to £35,403 per annum (dependent on skills and experience).

Contract Type: Fixed-Term (3 Years)

Hours: Full-Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Location: Daresbury Laboratory - Warrington


Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, technicians and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity. 

We are currently seeking 2 Project managers to join the Hartree Centre to deliver projects that help businesses solve their challenges through the adoption of cutting-edge technology. The roles will sit within the Hartree Centre’s Programme Management Office, which provides professional and technical programme management leadership to the Hartree Centre’s wide range of projects.

As project manager you will be responsible for the successful delivery of a range of projects from our portfolio. you will ensure that suitable management of the projects allocated to you is in place to enable reliable planning and informed decision making and provide accurate and informative reporting through the use and maintenance of appropriate project tools and reporting.  A rigorous approach to formal project management is essential and an ability to analytically interpret, record and present project plans, risks and performance data to investigate project issues is vital.

The Hartree Centre Programme Management Office follow closely the approach promoted by the UK Association for Project Management whilst being tailored for use within a complex collaborative research and innovation environment.  You will be expected to help develop these methods and processes as a member of the team in the interests of continuous improvement.

Duties Include:

  • Own the delivery of a portfolio of projects from scoping through to completion on behalf of the Centre.
  • Liaise with PIs, collaborators and project partners to understand and agree technical project requirements, manage key deliverables, agree roles and responsibilities and ensure both internal and external stakeholder commitment is gained and maintained throughout the programme;
  • Provide delivery expertise, guidance and input to our projects with particular focus on providing knowledge and understanding relating to project delivery processes, continuous improvement and operational excellence.
  • Maintain an overview of the projects allocated at all times, managing budgets, timelines and resources, whilst working with our partners to ensure all agreed deliverables and outcomes are achieved to time, budget and quality;
  • Use the appropriate STFC and UKRI tools to produce relevant reports, manage programme and project plans and monitor and control project finances;
  • Lead and manage other internal teams through relevant wider STFC processes  (for example the Bid Register), including the preparation of internal and external programme documentation 
  • Work closely with PIs, collaborators, BD teams and other stakeholders in the setup, operation and maintenance of projects including validating technical requirements, leading project initiation activities, creating programme and project schedules, updating resource allocations, developing, curating and populating project reports and closely managing risk and issue logs to ensure successful delivery.

Person Specification 

  • APM PMQ project management certification or relevant demonstrable experience in providing professional project management services to a complex organisation.
  • Comprehensive experience of delivering technical projects as a project manager within a complex delivery environment.
  • Up-to-date understanding and evidence of applying formal project management methods, controls and processes to technical projects.
  • Demonstrable excitement for our projects.
  • Strong communication and personal skills, good writing style, comprehensive experience of creating and proving written and verbal reports and presentations.
  • Ability to integrate into and lead project delivery activities in a highly collaborative and semi structured environment.

Our centre uses a range of project management and administrative tools, therefore a good working knowledge of Microsoft office applications such as PowerPoint, SharePoint, Word and Excel will also be key

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn – about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. Join us and discover what’s possible. 

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 07710 115815.

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2023.

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