Project Manager

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 21st January 2022


Reference number



£29,267 - £32,766


Higher Executive Officer
Cefas Payband 5

Contract type


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



This role will be contractually based at one of the Cefas sites, Lowestoft or Weymouth, and some travel to either site will be required.

About the job


We welcome flexible working and are open to a hybrid approach of working from home and in an office. You are required to carry out all duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time, unless travelling for business purposes.

As a project manager you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of medium to high risk projects. You will ensure that projects are delivered on time, safely, within budget, to the satisfaction of the customer and in line with defined Cefas processes.

You must have excellent organisational, planning and communication skills. If you enjoy making things happen, working in a team environment and have a can-do attitude, this role is definitely for you.

Job description

Key responsibilities are to ensure all the resources required for project delivery are scheduled, contractual management of subcontractors and budget management. The Project Manager, together with the Principal Investigator, is responsible for achieving high levels of customer satisfaction.

Duties will include:

• Leading the tendering process to ensure the project plan is realistic and achievable.
• Communicating the project plan, objectives and deliverables to the project team.
• Working with team leaders to ensure all staff with the required skills are available for the project.
• Working with the lead scientist to periodically review project progress, risks and issues, and agree and record any deviations to project scope.
• Leading regular progress meetings to monitor safety, delivery and budget against plan, involving the customer if appropriate.
• Ensuring that contracts and subcontracts are setup and managed during the lifetime of the project.
• Managing any contract variations during the project
• Ensuring the customer is fully satisfied with the project deliverables and that any issues are resolved during the project.
• Ensuring that project close processes are completed, including raising all invoices and confirmation that payments are received.


The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Significant relevant project management experience, preferably with marine or aquatic science-related projects.
• Experience of competitive bid and tender management.
• Significant experience of managing medium to high risk projects, with clear responsibility for budget and risk management
• Committed to achieving a recognised project management qualification.

Degree (or equivalent) in a science or business-related discipline, or relevant experience in a project management role is required.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing


• Annual leave entitlement – 25 days on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5yrs)
• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme - more information can be found on the CSP website
• Performance Related Pay scheme – yearly award linked to individual performance
• Staff Recognition vouchers
• In-year award scheme

See Cefas Benefits Package for full details.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Application Process
As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete 4 X 250-word statements on the Behaviours listed. You will also be required to provide a CV which will ask for your Job History, Qualifications and Past Skills and Experience. Please ensure that you demonstrate the essential criteria as shown in the responsibilities section of the job description.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Delivering at Pace. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

The interview schedule will be confirmed following sift results. The interviews will be held via a video link.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on your experience, behaviours and strengths.

If scores are equal following interview, an assessment of the lead behaviour, Delivering at Pace will be used by the panel.

You may also be required to give a presentation, complete a short test or provide a case study. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognize in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

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Further information

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