Project Managers x3

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
13 Feb 2018
13 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Project Managers x3

Three great opportunities have now arisen for enthusiastic and capable project and trainee managers to join the Project Management Office (PMO) at the British Antarctic Survey.  

What’s great about these roles?

There is huge variety in the projects we are delivering, so a chance to gain experience in many aspects of infrastructure delivery including the specific Antarctic factors such as logistics, environment and science interfaces.  Most of the time you will be based at the BAS head office in Cambridge surrounded by a large team of highly committed people passionate about delivering and supporting polar science.  There will also be opportunities to spend time at our stations in Antarctica during both the development and construction delivery phases of the projects.

We expect all team members to grow and develop their careers significantly through their involvement in this programme.  It is a fast moving environment and no two days are the same, which is part of the challenge and the excitement, however we have a strong team that supports each other and allows us to be successful.

What’s great about joining this team?

You will be part of a team tasked with delivering one of the most exciting and challenging programmes of infrastructure projects ever commissioned by NERC/BAS.

NERC/BAS takes delivery of its new polar research vessel, the Sir David Attenborough, later in 2018.  This is part of a £225M programme of works, which also includes a number of land based infrastructure projects, such as wharf upgrades and station buildings and services improvements at the research stations at Rothera, Signy, King Edward Point and Bird Island. A separate programme of station improvements at Rothera (the UK Antarctic Hub) has also been agreed giving a total budget of around £300M to be invested in improving our Antarctic infrastructure.  These projects are known collectively as the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP).

NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with our Technical Advisor, Ramboll, and our Construction Partner, BAM Nuttall, in order to deliver this challenging programme over the next six years.

The partnership is committed to working collaboratively with very strong and positive shared values and behaviours.  Our delivery model is to adopt best practice in all areas such as sustainability, innovation, BIM, Government Soft Landings, benefits realisation and continuous improvement, amongst others.  We expect all new members of the team to help us develop so that our model can be demonstrated to be an exemplar of infrastructure delivery, one which has helped transform the way BAS is able to deliver science in Antarctica.

What are we looking for?

For the Rothera Modernisation Project Manager we are looking for a professionally qualified project manager with:

  • Site supervision experience on construction projects with significant building and or building services elements
  • Experience of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes
  • Recent multi-year experience of delivering construction based projects using PRINCE2 methodology (or similar)
  • Experience of delivering projects in complex environments with multiple stakeholders
  • Substantial experience of negotiating with internal and external stakeholders in respect of project resources and delivery
  • Direct experience of negotiating with external contractors in a project management context
  • Experience of managing projects using the NEC3 suite of contracts

For the Trainee Project Manager we are looking for someone with a construction or engineering qualification and:

  • Knowledge of the construction process, particularly those projects with significant building and or building services elements
  • Knowledge of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes
  • Working understanding of PRINCE2 methodology (or similar)
  • Appreciation of project delivery in complex environments with multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of managing projects using the NEC3 suite of contracts
  • Experience in data and information management
  • Appreciation of the logistical and environmental issues in delivering construction projects alongside polar science programmes.

For the Project Information Manager we are looking for someone with good numeracy and literacy skills and:

  • Data management experience
  • Ability to work with diverse range of stakeholders strong communication skills
  • Experience of providing support to project managers

Why should you come and work at BAS?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career. 

Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out.  Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What would you get?

  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, a generous pension scheme, subsidise canteen and sporting activities, superb learning and development opportunities and the chance to visit Antarctica – one of the most amazing places in the world.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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