Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251808
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £48877 - £65580
Date Posted 07 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 December 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 - £65,580 per annum (Depending on experience and grade)
Grade: RC-G or RC-F depending on experience
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th December 2019

The long-baseline neutrino facility (LBNF) in the USA will be the world’s most intense high-energy neutrino beam. It will fire neutrinos 1,300km from Illinois towards the 70,000 ton Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) detector in South Dakota in order to study neutrino oscillations. LBNF/DUNE is a US-led international project. In September 2017 the UK Science Minister announced a one-off £65M investment in LBNF/DUNE under the newly signed UK-US Science and Technology Agreement. The UK project is now going through a review process in line with the Government’s OGC Gateway™ to ensure funding is in place by 2019 in order to meet the international project schedule.

The LBNF/DUNE-UK project is being commissioned and overseen by STFC’s Programmes Directorate as an integrated portfolio of three large-scale projects (from £6M to £24M) to ensure effective governance of project management and alignment with the international LBNF/DUNE programme and our international partners. The UK project deliverables represent clearly-defined elements of the overall international LBNF/DUNE project WBS.

There is a requirement for a Program/Project Manager (PPM) to take responsibility for the planning and execution of the LBNF/DUNE project portfolio. This includes, but is not limited to, putting in place the necessary project management structures and processes, ensuring that the projects operate within a robust project governance and control environment, following good project management practice, ensuring that the project portfolio progresses according to the agreed scope, cost and schedule and that project issues/risks are mitigated effectively. This will require significant leadership and influence to maintain effective project governance and management secure specialist support and expertise (e.g. finance, legal, procurement) and stakeholder management to ensure the projects are kept on track.

Main Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will evolve as the project structures and process are established and it moves from project definition through implementation and delivery to operation. The Project Manager and the UK Principal Investigator share the responsibility to the Project Sponsor for the efficient and effective delivery of the integrated project portfolio to specification (quality), cost and schedule. The project managers for each of the three sub-projects will report to the UK PPM.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Devising and implementing appropriate project management standards, structures and operating procedures to provide a robust project control environment, including developing and agreeing the overarching LBNF/DUNE-UK Project Management Plan with the Project Sponsor, project governance and organisation, work breakdown structures, project schedule, finances and risk management
  • Securing and managing the resources needed for project office functions in areas such as procurement, logistics, finance, project control and reporting and working with STFC’s finance specialists to track spending on the project, assisting with procurement, financial performance into regular reports that convey progress, facilitate decision making and resolve any issues or disputes
  • Leading and motivating the project team, ensuring that roles and responsibilities are fully understood and supporting project managers in monitoring their projects and taking appropriate control actions to keep the project on track 
  • Coordinating submission and quality control of proposals from each sub-project for review, scrutinizing the justification of resources and project management structures and procedures, and taking steps to resolve issues or weaknesses. Leading activities to prepare for and manage Gateway Reviews or Audits of the LBNF/DUNE-UK projects (e.g. by BEIS or Project Sponsor) 
  • Monitoring and controlling progress and performance across the project portfolio, establishing and tracking key milestones and deliverables, managing project risks, and representing the LBNF/DUNE-UK project at the UK Project Board meetings (e.g. to report on portfolio and project cost and schedule) 
  • Ensuring the portfolio of projects continues to meet the Business Case and Project Management Plan, escalating issues or risks where required to the Project Sponsor through the oversight committee and high-level project board (e.g. where there is a significant change to the cost, scope or schedule 
  • Liaising with the international LBNF/DUNE project leaders and senior managers (e.g. at Fermilab, SURF) representing the UK project as required, helping to resolve project issues or risks (e.g. associated with specification, cost, schedule) and maintain the UK position 
  • Undertaking technical and other project reviews as defined in the quality plan and ensuring that that project Close Out and Post Implementation Reviews are carried out.

Your role will have substantial autonomy and you will need to have worked effectively at a senior level in the international research-funding environment, including managing UK strategic partnerships with partner organisations. You can be based in Swindon, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell) or the Daresbury Laboratory, but will require extensive travel both within the UK and the USA.

Contacts and Communication

You will be required to ensure there is daily interaction with senior UKRI (STFC) management, the Project Sponsor (or SRO), the UK Principal Investigator, UK project managers, group leaders in the national laboratories and universities. You will also engage with other stakeholders involved with the delivery of the project portfolio, including the international Project Office and project leaders at Fermilab in the US, collaborating organisations and industrial partners and suppliers.

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.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Experience of working with large-scale (~£50M+) projects, ideally in a research area
  • Experience of managing large research projects or programmes, with demonstrable ability or potential to work in a collaborative project environment at international level
  • Experience of devising and implementing project control environments, including earned value analysis 
  • Project management qualifications (IPMA Level C or similar standard)
  • Demonstrable ability or potential to think strategically, and deliver clear, well-argued cases for policy development and programme prioritisation and planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including communications, both written and oral, and influencing and negotiating
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and prioritize work effectively
  • Able to travel in the UK and abroad.


  • Degree in a science or engineering discipline
  • Evidence of understanding and interest in STFC’s delivery programme.

Interview Criteria


  • Demonstrable ability to lead and manage large research or related projects or programs (~£50M+) and work in a collaborative project environment at international level
  • Demonstrable ability to devise and implement major project control environments, including introducing earned value analysis
  • Demonstrably well-developed project, programme or portfolio management knowledge, skills and experience (in line with core responsibilities under job description)
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, and deliver clear, well-argued cases for policy development and programme prioritisation and planning
    Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including communications, both written and oral, and influencing and negotiating
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and prioritize work effectively
  • Able to travel in the UK and abroad.


  • Well-developed analytical and financial management skills
  • Experience of working with Project Office or other project management software tools
  • Well-developed Pro-active approach to tackling issue and problem solving
  • Good understanding of UKRI (STFC) policies and procedures.

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.

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