Project Managers

This vacancy is now closed

Closing Date
21/08/2017
Division
Science
Description

Project Managers x 2

Plymouth

Plymouth Marine Laboratory has two exciting opportunities for Project Managers to deliver the effective and efficient project management of societally important marine, social and earth observation research. Position 1 will primarily project manage a large- scale programme that involves numerous partners from the UK and S.E Asia working together to support economic growth, food security, and health and well-being of coastal communities through sustainable use of marine environmental resources in SE Asia. Position 2 will support the project management of a portfolio of projects of interdisciplinary and pioneering research across the various science areas at PML. These projects are focused on the dynamic and complex marine environment that sustains life not only under the water but also across the entire planet.

You will be an enthusiastic, flexible and highly motivated person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, possessing appropriate managerial capabilities and experience. We are seeking to appoint a post graduates with a good working knowledge of MS Office packages and relevant online data and information management systems. Ideally, you will also have an environmental science background and experience in research project management.

Successful candidates will join our ‘Sea and Society’ group. We undertake research on the consequences and benefits of the interactions between society and the marine environment to support sustainable and responsible ocean stewardship.

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a dynamic , highly innovative, independent and impartial provider of research and advice relating to coasts and oceans, globally and locally. PML is an independent research business with charitable status and a NERC Collaborative Centre. Researchers at PML collaborate externally with universities and research institutes across the UK and internationally such that PML has been an integral part of the UK’s strategic marine science capability for over 30 years.

Position 1 – Project Manager, Open Ended Appointment (£29,874 - £35,346)

This is an exciting opportunity to project manage a large-scale programme that involves numerous partners from the UK and S.E Asia working together to support economic growth, food security, and health and well-being of coastal communities through sustainable use of marine environmental resources in SE Asia. You will also manage and support other PML projects as required. This role will involve frequent travel abroad.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Managing research projects as lead partner or co-partner, and ensuring the implementation of the projects’ activities and the delivery of their results;
  • Monitoring project progress including schedule, budget and work plan to ensure that deadlines and reporting requirements are met;
  • To act as the interface between the funder, project Steering Committees, project partner organisations, third parties and scientific management teams;
  • Actively communicating and liaising with project partners and stakeholders as well as building networks and disseminating and exploiting the project results;
  • Writing reports and recording meetings;
  • To check and monitor budget expenditure both at project and partner organisations’ level, including supporting partners to submit suitable financial records
  • Organising external events and project meetings;
  • Maintaining project documentation;
  • Supporting Principal Investigators;
  • Working closely with internal groups in PML including different Science Areas as well as Communications, Finance and Contracts teams
  • Contributing to and supporting new competitive project proposals
  • Providing active support and collaborating with other project managers to ensure all PML projects are delivered to a consistent high standard.
  • Ability to supervise, guide and manage contributions from junior staff members
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Essential Skills:

  • Educated to degree level, preferably in an environmental / science field
  • At least 5 years’ experience of project management, ideally in a research field, delivering activities and outputs against objectives;
  • Financial management experience
  • Flexibility, specifically the ability to manage several concurrent projects, recognise and respond to shifting priorities, and handle different types of information (e.g. scientific, financial, and legal).
  • Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to multitask, to deliver on allocated tasks and to meet deadlines in pressurised situations;
  • Ability to draft concise and clear documentation, project and analytical reports without supervision
  • Self-reliance, a proactive approach, high level of initiative and a willingness to drive projects forwards by encouraging others.
  • Experience organizing conferences / events / large meetings
  • Experience of working with overseas partners, ideally in developing countries
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience of managing and drawing together diverse stakeholder groups
  • Willingness to travel

 

Desirable skills:

  • A qualification or formal training in project / programme management
  • Experience of analysis and auditing of accounts
  • Proven ability to manage junior staff
  • Experience of working across different science disciplines
  • A track record of operating successfully in an international and culturally diverse environment
  • Official Development Assistance or EU Project management experience

 

Position 2 – Junior Project Manager, 12 month fixed term appointment (£22,404 - £27,165)

This is an exciting opportunity to support the project management of a portfolio of projects across the various science areas at PML. Our interdisciplinary and pioneering research focuses on the fascinating dynamic and complex marine environment that sustains life not only under the water but also across the entire planet.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Support monitoring of project progress especially deviations from the schedule, budget or work plan to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Ensuring milestones are met and deliverables are quality checked and delivered on time, maintaining project documentation.
  • Organising external events and project meetings;
  • Contribute to the writing of reports for funders and record meeting notes
  • Work with the Finance team to manage project budgets.
  • Supporting Principal Investigators, communicating and collaborating with external partners and stakeholders as well as internal PML groups such as communications, contracts and finance.
  • Developing and maintaining contact databases
  • To act as the focal point both for receiving reports, comments and queries from funders and project partners as well as for distributing and disseminating these further as and when necessary
  • Support the project management team at PML in general duties as requited to ensure the successful and consistent delivery of projects.

 

Required Skills:

  • Educated to degree level, preferably in an environmental / science field
  • At least 3 years’ experience of project management, ideally in a research field or equivalent training / expertise;
  • A flexible approach and the ability to work on several concurrent projects, recognise and respond to shifting priorities, and handle different types of information;
  • Proven organisational skills with the capacity to multitask, to deliver on allocated tasks and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to draft concise and clear documentation and project reports
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Willingness to travel

 

Desirable skills:

  • A qualification of formal training in project management
  • Proven skills to manage and work to budgets;
  • Experience of writing/co-writing project reports and analytical reports
  • Experience of working with overseas partners
  • EU or international Project management experience
  • Experience organizing conferences / events / large meetings
  • Experience of working with and drawing together diverse stakeholder groups

For information about what PML can offer you – click here Employee Benefits

 

Closing Date: Midday - 21st August 2017.

Interviews will be held - week commencing 4th September 2017.

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