Assistant Science Project Manager

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Assistant Science Project Manager
Full time (37 hours per week)
Salary £28,125 – £29,636 dependent on skills and experience
Closing date for applications is Thursday 11th August, however we reserve the right to close this vacancy, should we receive sufficient applications.

Do you want to work on projects that improve our understanding of the natural environment and address big societal challenges such as climate change or biodiversity loss? Then keep reading..

About the Role:

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as an Assistant Science Project Manager, within the Water Resources Science Area. You will support the delivery of 2-3 high impact research activities that may vary over time. You will work within a project management office where the emphasis is on coordinating and monitoring activity within large research or infrastructure programmes.  An important part of the role will be to understand the purpose of the programmes and to have some enthusiasm for the science areas being researched.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertake routine project office activities such as: tracking metrics, managing documentation and monitoring email correspondence.
  • Source and collate material from science leads to provide preliminary content in a variety of formats for different purposes (e.g., websites, progress reports, meeting papers, standard operating procedures; outreach materials).
  • Liaise with programme committees, project teams and corporate functions to coordinate activities and the implementation of planned work.
  • Organise workshops and meetings with associated travel, accommodation, and other meeting requirements within defined budgets.
  • Support finance activities such as minor procurement, tracking assets of major procurement, running pre-defined finance reports using our resource management system.
  • Facilitate successful meetings by capturing notes and proactively tracking progress against actions.

Skills Required:

  • Have an appreciation of how formal project management approaches can be applied from your experience of working in industry or academia. Such methods should complement a natural tendency to be well organised and efficient, enabling you to handle a range of on-going activities.
  • Work independently, managing your own time effectively to deliver long and short-term tasks to agreed deadlines, will appeal to you.
  • Motivated to find their own answers but know when to seek the advice of colleagues.
  • Take a methodical approach to routine tasks and achieve a high level of accuracy; possess an eye for detail and recognise when high quality outputs are required.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills that enable you to interact effectively with people at all levels across the organization and with external collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with modern modes of communication (videoconference e.g., MS Teams & Zoom) and IT systems such as the O365 suite, websites, and databases. An enthusiasm for learning new approaches as the need arises and an interest in finding software-based solutions to improve processes. You are confident in collating or condensing information to prepare internal reports and documents due to your communication skills.
  • Able and willing to travel within the UK and possibly overseas, should the need arise for meetings and conferences of short duration.


  • A good degree (preferably science or business related) or relevant work experience is essential.
  • Knowledge of one or more project management methodologies is desirable, however formal training in this and any other areas of IT can be provided – please make contact to discuss.

Core Behaviours & Values:

  • You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and appreciation of science areas and environmental issues being researched at UKCEH.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of procurement
  • Ability to manage and monitor budget spend  
  • Able to plan, manage and/or deliver stakeholder events
  • Effective IT skills (Office 365 e.g., Excel, Word, Access & PowerBI; Resource Management Systems e.g., Workday; Website editing e.g., Drupal; social media e.g. YouTube & Twitter)
  • Able to analyse data and produce reports 

How to apply

To apply for this position, click on the Apply button. As well as a CV and completing the on-line application questionnaire, please provide a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria listed above. For more information on our values, please click here. Please Note: This vacancy will disappear from the careers page once the closing date is reached. Please take a copy of the details when applying.

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