Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249396
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £42576
Date Posted 14 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: Band D £30-782 -£33,459 Band E £38,318 - £42,576 (dependent on skills and experience. Pro-rata for part time)
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum 20 hours per week)
Closing Date: 9th June 2019


The RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA and ESO. You can find out more about RAL Space and the facilities operated here:

The Project Management Group of the Space Engineering and Technology Division currently has a growing number of ongoing and new projects which require Project Management support. This portfolio of projects covers a wide range of applications (Spacecraft Instrumentation, Space Physics, Earth Observation and Calibration Sources). The position will give you opportunity to work on Space hardware projects at all stages of implementation; from the proposal stage right through to in-flight commissioning and calibration.


  • management of projects and/or significant work packages
  • manage multidisciplinary teams to produce project deliverables
  • management of sub-contractors and consortium partners
  • reporting to Customers on all aspects your projects using written reports, Gantt charts and presentations
  • leading a team of specialists preparing proposals for future lines of work
  • reporting of project finance and schedule to RAL Space’s senior management team
  • provide advice and training on project management matters to junior members of staff.

Contacts and Communication:

  • regular contact with external customers
  • regular contact with a variety of space engineering and scientific support staff both internal and external to STFC
  • regular contact with senior management team
  • will be required to talk to the press and members of the public about your projects 
  • will report directly to the Band F RAL Space Project Management Group Leader.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • strong leadership skills
  • highly organised with good time management skills
  • ability to talk confidently to technical experts and gain the trust of team members
  • ability to delegate effectively
  • should be able to adapt and respond to changing situations
  • ability to learn quickly
  • high level of self-motivation and drive, and capable of motivating others
  • effective written and verbal communication.

Any other Relevant Information:

  • available to travel/work overseas for meetings, etc.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band D or E

The following will be measured at Shortlisting (S) or Interview (I) stage


  • undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science, Engineering or Mathematics (S)
  • dedicated project management experience including proven ability to manage projects within strict financial and schedule constraints as junior project manager, or as manager responsible for delivery of major work packages (S&I)
  • experience managing multidisciplinary teams (S&I)
  • good computer skills with working knowledge of project planning tools (S&I)
  • good organisational and leadership skills on projects or work packages (I)
  • strong communication skills (verbal and written) (S&I)
  • able to negotiate with and influence others (I)
  • ability to manage a workload on a range of projects with competing time demands (I)
  • ability to “manage upwards” as well as downwards (I)
  • ability to work autonomously towards a goal, driven, confident, and self-motivated (I)
  • ability to lead and be a proactive team member (I)
  • analytical with strong problem solving skills (I)
  • able to work under pressure and set priorities (I)
  • experience of developing work breakdown structures. (S&I)

To be considered for the Band E position you will also demonstrate:

  • experience managing large multidisciplinary teams of more than 10 members (S&I)
  • dedicated project management experience including proven ability to manage projects within strict financial and schedule constraints as senior or sole project manager on project (S&I)
  • experience of managing subcontractors or other external project partners (S&I)
  • experience of proposal writing and making recommendations to collaborators and “subject matter experts” (I)
  • good computer skills with expert knowledge in the use of project planning tools (S&I)
  • evidence of leadership of large projects (S&I)
  • able to evidence significant experience in negotiating, influencing and leading
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to make decisions independently as required (I)
  • experiences of developing cost breakdown structures. (S&I)

Desirable skills include:

  • post graduate and/or undergraduate degree in Aerospace engineering, Aeronautics & Astronautics, or Space related discipline (Band E) (S&I)
  • experience of managing a project for delivery to one of the major aerospace prime contractors or national space agencies (Band E) (S&I)
  • expertise in at least one space related science or engineering discipline (Band E) (S&I)
  • systems Engineering experience and/or qualification (Band E)  (S&I)
  • recognised project management qualification, such as APMP (IPMA Level D) / Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C), or CAPM / PMP (PMI). (Band E candidates should hold qualification; Band D candidates can be working towards qualification) (S&I)
  • active member of the Association of Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI) or other internationally recognized project management organisation. (Band E candidates should hold qualification; Band D candidates can be working towards qualification) (S&I)
  • experience with MS Project. (Expert level for Band E; good working knowledge for Band D) (S&I)
  • proven track record of leading/producing winning proposals for new work.(Band E) (S&I)

This role also requires availability for overseas travel for periods up to one week. A UK Driving License may be beneficial in the role but is not essential.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation 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, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th March 2019. However early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed on an on going basis.

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