Senior Project Manager
About the Role
Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing. As a Senior Project Manager, you’ll work on a number of large-scale, high-risk and technically complex projects and contracts that are destined to shape the world we live in. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.
You'lll be assigned to some of our more high-profile R&D and commercial projects, which could see your work with UK government and industry, as well as European and international collaborators. Critical to your success, is your ability to build strong relationships to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality – as well as being strictly compliant to our governance standards. Working with the Group Leader and customer, you’ll keep on top of progress, follow-up on deliverables, highlight any risks, and keep budgeting, forecasting, and financial controls on track – issuing reports and invoices in a timely manner. You’ll also see to it that the right resources are available, for both live projects and for any bids or tenders that might need their expert advice. As an organisation we learn from one another, so you’ll take the mentoring of members of your team seriously, leading by example and demonstrating best-practice at every stage of delivery.
You are a highly experienced project manager who’s used to working on sizeable and complex projects. It’s one of the reasons you will need to have excellent communication and negotiation skills, as well as experience of working within a PMO environment.
Essential experience and abilities
Strong track record of successfully leading and managing multiple large, high-risk projects for a range of stakeholders
Experience of pulling together senior management across a business to deliver success
Ability to define the scope, baseline and deliverables of highly complex projects through interactions with senior external and internal stakeholders
Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the business
Ability to understand and navigate the political landscape to ensure that delivery meets the customer’s requirements and expectations
Experience of working within, and driving improvements through, a Project Management Office (PMO) environment.
Ability to travel both outside and within the UK
Skills, Knowledge and Background
Proficient in utilising and applying a number of project management methodologies
APM Project Management Qualification or equivalent
Proficient in Microsoft Project
Ideally educated to degree or equivalent level
About The Company
We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field.This value is at the core of our organisation.
We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well being of our employees.Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits(see our careers website for more information).
As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.
To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.