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Project Manager

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, Didcot, England
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
17 Jun 2022
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Project Manager
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Salary £39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Full time (Part-time considered)

Outstanding opportunity for a Project Manager to work in a leading science environment offering excellent employee benefits.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Particle Physics Project Support Office supports the management of many of the UK's national and international particle physics research programmes. As a project manager in this non-technical role you will manage one or more of a wide range of science research infrastructure projects. Our growing portfolio includes DUNE, Hyper-K, CMS, SWIFT-HEP, LHCb, AIT and AION. Working conditions are flexible reflecting the geographically distributed nature of the projects, although it is primarily office-based.

The projects involve the definition, design, construction, co-ordination, delivery and commissioning of significant technical and scientific contributions to international experiments, ranging from mechanical hardware (such as large detector components), civil engineering (underground tunnels) through innovative electronics, to software for experiment control and data analysis. They are mostly waterfall but there is an element of agile. Once commissioned, these experiments contribute to the fundamental understanding of the building blocks of the universe in a field where only a few people in the world have such enviable access.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A recognised project management qualification equivalent to APM PMQ
  • A degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject
  • Experience of delivering projects as project manager
  • Up-to-date understanding and evidence of applying formal project management methods, controls and processes
  • Confidence and self-motivation, with strong presentation skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work both on your own initiative, setting priorities and making decisions as required, and as a member of a wider team
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholders, communicating the project vision, including any changes, and escalating concerns where necessary.

The role gives considerable scope for personal and professional development as well as the opportunity to get involved in some of the most complex and exciting projects in the world today.
You will gain excellent experience of formal project management in a collaborative environment, as well as further training, aiming to reach Chartered Project Professional within a suitable time frame.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

The closing date for applications is 19th June 2022.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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