Job Title: Project Manager
Salary: Band D £37,500 - £41,250 or Band E £46,700 - £51,370 gross per annum dependent on experience
Contract Type: Up to 2 Permanent Positions
Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants, but the nature of the projects require on-site working 3 days a week)
Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK
Due to the requirement of obtaining an enhanced security clearance for this role, we are only able to accept applications from persons who have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years. We cannot sponsor visa applications for this role.
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As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) established the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). This includes a commitment of £100m+ over 5 years, dedicated to technical and commercial developments in the field of Quantum Computing. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing.
The NQCC's initial programme focuses on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer-term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise free fault tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.
UKRI recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme (subject to business requirements), Defined benefit pension scheme and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits.
About the role:
We have an exciting opportunity for Project Managers to join the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). You will be working alongside scientists, engineers, developers and experts in quantum technologies, to enhance the UK's quantum computing capabilities. As part of the Programme Delivery Team, Project Managers are essential to the delivery of our ambitious technical roadmap for the UK.
The NQCC operates a wide variety of projects including technology projects building quantum computers in our laboratories, software development, high performance computing systems, community outreach and construction projects to build and enhance our facilities. Many of our projects are collaborations with industry and academia.
Our Project Managers are responsible for managing all aspects of assigned projects to ensure the NQCC delivers high quality outputs and ground-breaking R&D in a timely manner within budget. The successful candidates will be expected use their STEM background or acquired STEM-related experience to develop a thorough understanding of assigned projects, leading to the development and delivery of quantum computing hardware, software and services for the NQCC and our external stakeholders and partners. They will also maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders, maintain project documentation to a high standard, raise awareness of risks, and support reporting to the NQCC senior leadership team.
- Day-to-day management of some of our quantum computing-related projects and the delivery of R&D or technical outputs, ensuring that all agreed milestones meet stakeholders’ expectations
- Forming an advanced working understanding of project subject matter and general quantum computing technologies
- Developing, managing, and maintaining working relationships with project sponsor, team leaders and stakeholders
- Coordinating project teams, to ensure R&D deliverables are completed on time, within budget and meet quality requirements
- Maintaining project documentation to a high standard, including project management plan, risk registers, lessons learned, etc
- Managing project assigned budgets
- Generating project reports and technical reviews in an accurate and timely manner
- Working with your colleagues in the Technology and R&D teams for the management and delivery of cutting-edge technology and scientific and technical infrastructure that enables delivery of research outputs
- Working with the NQCC evaluation team to embed monitoring, evaluation and benefits realisation activity within projects
- Being an advocate for positive change. Supporting others and contributing to NQCC process and policies
- Working with discretion to protect project confidentiality, commercial sensitivity and personal data
This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list, and the successful applicant might be expected to undertake any other duties across the NQCC, appropriate to the Band and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post-holder has the necessary experience and/or training.
Experience and skills
Whilst a STEM qualification or acquired experience is required for this role, technical expertise in quantum computing specifically is not required. Consideration will be given to a less experienced individual if there is evidence of potential and passion to grow into the role.
We offer significant development and training opportunities. Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- STEM Degree or acquired experience
- Advanced understanding of project management methodologies, tools and techniques
- Experience managing varied projects, preferably in Computing, Science, Technology or Engineering fields
- Strong desire to take ownership and accountability for the delivery of technical deliverables
- Efficient time management and problem-solving skills, including experience balancing needs and priorities of multiple projects and stakeholders
- Good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information in a variety of ways
- Ability to build relationships with and influence various stakeholders
- The ability to lead and support teams to deliver outcomes. Especially where there is no line-management control of participants
- Understanding of quantum computing, high-performance computing and/or related technologies
- Experience and/or qualifications in project related disciplines, e.g Project Management, Risk management, Quality Management, Benefits Management, etc
- Understanding of UKRI / public sector organisations, structures and policies Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline
You would need to be available to occasionally travel/work within the UK and overseas when required.
How do I apply for this role?
Please submit your Covering Letter (up to 2 pages) and CV that clearly outlines how you fulfil the role criteria along with your motivation to join NQCC as attachments on your application. Please ensure that your name and the job reference number are in the file name of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.
Due to the nature of the role, and a requirement to support diverse projects, the successful candidate is required to successfully complete national pre-employment control checks to the BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) to fulfil the role. Checks can take between 9-12 working days. Once in post they may need to successfully complete an Enhanced Security Check (SC) clearance.
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