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Project Manager UKRI- STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot Band D £30-782 -£33,459 Band E £38,318 - £42,576 (dependent on skills and experience. Pro-rata for part time) Full time/Part Time (minimum 20 hours per week) Open ended

About the role

STFC’s RAL Space department has three opportunities for Project Managers to join our Space Engineering and Technology Division as we work on a growing number of ongoing and new projects. The portfolio of projects covers a wide range of exciting applications including Spacecraft Instrumentation, Space Physics, Earth Observation and Calibration Sources. As a Project Manager, you will have key involvement on Space hardware projects at all stages of implementation, from the proposal stage right through to in-flight commissioning and calibration.

Responsibilities will include:

  • managing multidisciplinary teams to produce project deliverables
  • managing sub-contractors and consortium partners
  • reporting to customers on all aspects of projects using written reports, Gantt charts and presentations
  • leading a team of specialists preparing proposals for future lines of work
  • reporting of project finance and schedule to RAL Space’s senior management team
  • providing advice, training and mentoring on project management to junior members of staff.

About you

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Science, Engineering or Mathematics with dedicated project management experience. A recognised project management qualification, such as APMP (IPMA Level D)/Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C), or CAPM/PMP (PMI) is desirable but not essential.

 To be considered for the Band D post you will also demonstrate:

·       the proven ability to successfully manage projects within strict financial and schedule constraints

·       experience of successfully managing multidisciplinary teams

·       strong communication skills with the ability to negotiate, influence and manage expectations

·       a self-motivated approach with the ability to work under pressure and to set priorities.

To be considered for the Band E post you will also demonstrate:

  • experience managing large multidisciplinary teams
  • extensive project management experience including proven ability to manage projects within strict financial and schedule constraints as senior or sole project manager on project
  • experience of managing subcontractors or other external project partners
  • experience of proposal writing and making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts”
  • evidence of significant experience in negotiating, influencing and leading. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to make decisions independently as required.
  • Experience of developing cost breakdown structures.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. RAL Space are also gold sponsors of Women in Aerospace Europe. Open to all our employees, membership grants access to networking events, workshops, professional development training and mentoring.

How to Apply

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

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at https://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc253647_10632.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2020.



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