Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC240713
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24193 - £35670
Date Posted 05 April 2017
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 April 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £24,193 - £35,670 (including RRA)
Grade: C/D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30 April 2017
Interview Date: 10 May 2017 (TBC)

From the original vision over 30 years ago, the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon facility has become one of the UK’s major scientific achievements and the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source; changing the way the world views neutron scattering. Owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences.

Through the production of beams of neutrons and muons, ISIS enables scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. As the most productive research centre of its type in the world, ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.

Our staff are dedicated to efficiently facilitating the disparate research programmes of industry and academia through applications of traditional and innovative science and technology.

None of this could be achieved without significant investment in infrastructure, for which ISIS spends in excess of £12m annually, much of which is dispensed through discrete programmes and projects.  The ISIS Project Management Office (PMO) interacts with Programme Managers (PgM) and Project Managers (PM) on a daily basis; supporting, challenging and promoting project management professionalism.  By providing the ISIS senior managers with distilled and verified information, the PMO also affords PgM/PMs an independent communications channel.
The purpose of this post is to support the ISIS PMO manager raise the profile of project management generally in STFC (a Corporate Member of the APM) and ISIS in particular. In assisting with the effective delivery of ISIS programmes and projects the PMO provides PgM/PMs with professional, timely, accurate, comprehensive support. It is also serves as a focal point for ‘best practice’ advice on project management policies within STFC and ISIS; providing local training for new employees.

In addition to supporting PgM/PMs, the role is required to compile accurate, independent project monitoring which will underpin reporting to the ISIS senior managers thereby assisting with the efficient management of the department’s portfolio of work. It is also expected to promote inter-departmental dialogue and through critical evaluation of other PM protocols (whether internal or external) consider whether there are lessons which might be utilised to further the continuous improvement of project management in ISIS.

Traditionally the ISIS PMO also fulfils a strategic role by maintaining a register of programmes and projects corporately significant to STFC. The task involves the regular collection, evaluation and distilling of progress information from disparate programmes and projects across the organisation, in order to inform and influence departmental directors and ultimately executive directors of STFC. You would be heavily involved in this work.

An exciting challenge and opportunity for you will be to build on the improvements in Project Management over recent years, through critical evaluation of existing protocols and the introduction of new and effective ‘best practice’ initiatives.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • strong practical experience of project management and associated methodologies, in relation to planning, monitoring and controlling projects throughout their lifecycle
  • computer literate particularly in the use of Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel)
  • expert user of a common scheduling package (such as Microsoft Project, Primavera, ASTA Powerproject etc.)
  • eligibility to work in the UK.


  • HND in a science, engineering or construction related subject together with significant experience in associated industry, or first degree at 2:1 level or higher in a science, engineering or construction related subject plus experience in associated industry
  • relevant experience in a project management team
  • direct experience of working in a Project/Programme Management Office
  • experience of working on or supporting complex programmes/projects
  • expert user of Microsoft Project Professional 2010 (or above)
  • working knowledge of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), SharePoint, PowerPoint
  • project management qualification to International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D (or equivalent), or higher
  • P3O (or equivalent) qualification.

Interview Criteria


  • numerate and fluent in written and spoken English, with clear written and verbal presentational and communication skills
  • diligent, with an analytical approach to complex problems; with excellent attention to detail, and the ability to critically evaluate the quality of information presented by others
  • ability to distil succinct, accurate, high level project progress reports from multiple information streams
  • self-motivated with efficient time management; able to work unsupervised on own initiative with excellent organisational skills and the ability to multi-task.


  •  a good team player with the ability to influence others
  • ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels
  • demonstrably willing and able to learn and apply IT systems
  • confident and able to challenge where required
  • ability to identify and evaluate risks and recognise their impact on a project
  • understand EVM techniques
  • understand Change-control philosophy
  • keen interest in Project Management as a profession.
In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2017, however we reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.