Weymouth, South West, DT4 8UB
About the job
PURPOSE OF JOB
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is a world leader in marine science and technology, providing innovative solutions for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security.
Your role will be to manage the delivery of medium to high risk delivery risk projects. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that projects are delivered safely, on time and within budget.
Cefas consistently achieves high staff engagement scores in the annual nationwide Civil Service Staff survey. The role will be based at the Weymouth Laboratory, with sea views and a town centre location. Weymouth itself is a superb base to explore the spectacular scenery of the Jurassic Coast with many areas of stunning natural beauty, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durdle Door.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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. Reporting to a Portfolio Lead, your will work closely with the science lead to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction on our national and international projects ranging in value from £10k to £2m per annum. Our high profile customers include Defra, OIE and FAO, Food Standards Agency, UK Research Councils, Royal Society, and BASF.
Specific tasks include:
• Lead the tendering process, working with the lead scientist and portfolio manager, to ensure the project plan is realistic and achievable.
• Communicate the project plan, objectives and deliverables to the project team.
• Work with team leaders to ensure all staff with the required skills are available for the project.
• Work with the lead scientist to periodically review project progress, risks and issues, and agree and record any deviations to project scope.
• Lead regular progress review meetings to monitor safety, delivery and budget against plan, involving the customer if appropriate.
• Ensure that contracts and subcontracts are setup and managed during the lifetime of the project.
• Manage any contract variations during the project, ensuring they are formally agreed following Cefas procedures, and are stored within project documentation.
• Ensure the customer is satisfied with the project deliverables and that any issues are resolved during the project life.
• Ensure that project close processes are completed, including raising of all invoices and confirmation that payments are received.
• Demonstrable experience in managing medium to high risk projects, with clear responsibility for budget and risk management
• Experience of competitive bid and tender management
• Degree in science or business-related discipline. This requirement may be waived for
internal applicants with relevant experience.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Project Management - You should have previously undertaken training in project management
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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles
, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour Delivering at Pace, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed. Please note each behaviour is limited to 250 words.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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Sift/interview dates and location
Sift and Interview will be held at Cefas Weymouth Laboratory DT4 8UB
Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses, however we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype to any candidates who are unable to travel to Weymouth
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