Science Project Manager

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, United Kingdom 🇬🇧


Salary: £35,222 per annum
Band: 5
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 21st March 2018
Interview Date: 17th April 2018

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed science project manager to work on high profile projects in the areas of water resources (e.g. ENDOWS, the final project in NERC’s Drought & Water Scarcity Programme), international science collaboration (e.g. India-UK Joint Water Centre) and improving analytical capability (e.g. Data Labs).

The purpose of this role is to utilise formal project management approaches to ensure successful delivery of a varied portfolio of scientific projects. You will work alongside CEH’s Project Leaders to deliver projects to time and on budget whilst building and maintaining positive and long lasting collaborative relationships. You will network with collaborators in the UK and internationally to coordinate activities and work towards milestones. There will also be a requirement to interface with funders and commercial contractors.

Main Duties

You will be working within the Water Resources Systems Group based at CEH’s Wallingford site. The main duties will be as follows:

  1. promote good project management practices within CEH and across your project portfolio. Call upon work stream leaders/project leaders to develop post-award implementation plans incorporating all phases of the project life cycle
  2. develop and maintain project schedules, identify and track milestones; identify and manage dependencies; seek to define and retain project scope. Adhere to CEH’s corporate requirements for risk management, quality assurance, health and safety
  3. oversee planning for meetings, workshops and conferences to ensure they achieve the stated aims. Participate in external/internal meetings and proactively work with collaborators/CEH colleagues to broker good relations and understand the issues to be resolved to achieve progress in line with the agreed plan
  4. maintain a broad view to ensure synergies and opportunities across the various initiatives and activities within the various projects are fully realised. Identify on-going project opportunities, review mid-to- long term project/programme strategies
  5. actively manage project budgets (e.g. forecasting, cost control, invoicing) and build effective partnerships with other teams across CEH to meet requirements of the project
  6. take an active role in the day to day activities of a small project office team, helping to oversee and influence routine activities such as: meetings, procurement; tracking metrics; managing documentation.


  1. an in depth understanding of project life cycles, governance, techniques for project planning, different levels of reporting requirements
  2. an ability to demonstrate initiative, be pro-active in strategy development and in delivering continuous improvement of business processes
  3. be confident in managing complex and conflicting workloads, be able to re-prioritise activities to meet strict deadlines and communicate these changes
  4. possess strong communication skills, know how to analyse and present complex information both orally and in writing. An ability to derive meaning from multiple sources of information and present cohesive and logical summaries is essential
  5. excellent interpersonal are essential, an ability to interact with people at all levels, including subject experts and senior managers. Be able to facilitate activities that draw inputs from diverse groups and individuals. Possess a proven track record as a successful collaborator, influencer and negotiator. An ability to act corporately on behalf of CEH and respond skilfully to the different working styles and expectations of different cultures
  6. experience of managing a variety of projects with a science or other technical focus. You must possess an ability to quickly gain an understanding of the aims and objectives of projects outside your own specialism. Demonstrate an enthusiasm for continual learning, particularly where this will ensure your projects proceed in a joined-up and complementary way with other initiatives
  7. the ability to analyse, interpret and use internal and external strategy/policy and other drivers to identify potential impact
  8. you must be able and willing to travel internationally (for example, to India) for occasional meetings and conferences of short duration (typically, 2 x 1 week trips per year).


Significant experience in managing multidisciplinary projects of a science/technical nature is a requirement for this post. In addition, you will have an undergraduate/postgraduate degree in science or business and a recognised project management qualification would be a significant advantage.

Additional Details:

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 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.  More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

Associated with this change is the plan for CEH to subsequently move outside the public sector to become a not for profit research organisation with charitable status. We will continue to be funded as now by a mixture of NERC and competitively won income.

How To Apply:

Further information regarding working for CEH can be found on our website.

It is CEH policy to use an online application form (link below), please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the “My Account” menu option on the “Jobs Home” page.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd by telephone on 01793 867000.