Senior Project Manager***CLOSING DATE EXTENDED***

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 1 Oct 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Weymouth, South West, DT4 8UB

About the job

Job description

Managing the delivery of our most complex, high delivery risk and challenging projects. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that projects are delivered safely, on time and within budget to the satisfaction of the customer following Cefas processes.

Key responsibilities are to ensure all the resources required for project delivery are scheduled, (including scientific/technical staff time allocation); contractual management of subcontractors; budget management and delivering the targeted project gross margin.

The Project Manager works closely with the science lead (Principal Investigator (PI)) to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction.

• Lead/ have input to/or co-ordinate the tendering process liaising with the PI and the Portfolio Lead to ensure the project plan is realistic and achievable.
• Ensure that the project plan, objectives and deliverables are communicated to the project team.
• Work with the PI and relevant parties to ensure all resources required for project delivery are scheduled and relevant staff selected are available, have adequate training and appropriate training records are in place.
• Work with the PI to review project progress, risks and issues at regular reviews, agree and record any deviations from the project plan.
• Hold regular progress meetings to monitor safety, delivery and budget against plan, involving interested parties and the customer as appropriate.
• Work with the PI to ensure delivery of the project to the agreed contract scope. Ensure that contracts and subcontracts are in place and signed before the work that they govern commences.
• Ensure any contract variations during the project are formally agreed in line with Cefas procedures and are incorporated within project documentation.
• Add value to the project delivery by encouraging innovation to deliver enhanced efficiency (and resultant margins).
• Provide appropriate support and challenge around the details of planned delivery activities.
• Ensure the customer is satisfied with the project deliverables and any issues are resolved during the project life and that sign-off is achieved within the project life and budget.
• Work with the PI to manage customer expectations and identify and resolve problems, issues or customer complaints quickly.
• Ensure that project close processes are completed, including raising of all invoices and confirmation that payments are received.



• Significant and highly effective experience of managing high risk complex projects.
• Demonstrable experience with bid management.


• Experience of working in research and development, marine or aquatic science related projects.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


• A degree (or equivalent) in a science or business-related discipline.
• Accredited or formal project management qualification e.g. PRINCE2, MSP, APM Project Management Qualification.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Candidates will be assessed on their skills and experience as well as the competency statements.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB

Interview date to be confirmed.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses.

Further information

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

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.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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