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Programme Management Officer

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Dependent on skills and experience, we are looking to appoint this role at Officer (band D) or Senior Officer (band E) level. Each position will have varying responsibilities which include:

Programme Management Officer

Salary: Band D: £31,305 to £34,028 or Band E: £38,969 to £43,300 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)

Grade: UKRI Band D or UKRI Band E

Contract Type: Open-Ended

Hours: Full Time/Part Time (min 30 Hours)


About the role

The UK is making a major contribution to the European Spallation Source (ESS) project near Lund in Sweden. This exciting €2 billion project will help shape the future of neutron science, which is a vitally important underpinning technology for the UK’s wider scientific endeavour. With a £200M stake in the construction project, the UK is a major player.

The majority of the UK contribution is in the form of in-kind hardware and software. The programme is made up of around twelve projects varying in size up to around £40m. A small programme office (PO) is managing the £200M programme and there is now a requirement for a Programme Management Officer to work in the PO, helping to ensure that appropriate programme management structures are in place. Within this role you will also ensure that the programme and its sub-projects are functioning in accordance with these structures, and gathering and interpreting data to allow the PO to track progress against plans, identify key risks and resolve issues that arise.

Dependent on skills and experience, we are looking to appoint this role at Officer (band D) or Senior Officer (band E) level. Each position will have varying responsibilities which include:

Band D:

•     Work closely with the sub-project managers to monitor and track progress, understand key issues and risks. Support, probe, challenge and escalate as appropriate.

•     Lead on resolution of less complex issues, taking account of programme governance, processes and priorities.

•     Prepare clear and concise progress reports for the UK-ESS Board and other stakeholders.

Band E:

•     In addition to the above, you will support the project managers with advice and expertise in areas including, scope control, change control, risk management, stakeholder management, timescale management, financial management; assist the sub-projects in agreeing creative solutions to problems in order to remain on track.

•     Lead application of the programme change management principles to complex situations and grey areas, considering reputational and political consequences.

About You

You will have significant background experience of project or programme management and its associated methodologies, ideally in an international science infrastructure or complex engineering context. You will have held responsibility for, or assisted in, managing schedules, financial reporting, earned value analysis, quality assurance, risk, and change control on projects, either from a Project/Programme Management or Project/Programme Management Office perspective. You will be able to demonstrate experience of interpreting and manipulating large amounts of detailed information into easy-to-understand reports and spreadsheets with a clear visual impact.

In order to be appointed at the senior level, you will need to demonstrate the above skills and experience as well as show your ability to build strong relationships and influence internal and external colleagues and stakeholders at all levels, without direct line management authority. You will have the ability to cope with uncertainty and apply good judgements and flexibility to make recommendations on complex issues, taking account of both project management best practice and other constraints.


About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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 engineering.

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.


How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please ensure you showcase your skills in relation to the defined criteria. Early applications are encouraged, as candidates may be invited for interview ahead of the closing date.

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


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