Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244151
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 09 February 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 04 March 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £16,920 per annum to £18,360 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.  (Full time rate £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum)
Grade: NERC-6 New
Contract Type: Fixed Term until September 2021
Hours: Part Time - 3 days a week
Closing Date: 4th March 2018

The British Geological Survey is one of the world's leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. A vacancy has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Deputy Project Manager/Project Coordinator based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

Duties to include:

  • plan, coordinate and execute the project in conjunction with the PI and project manager
  • quarterly monitoring and reviewing, including analysis of progress such as budgets v expenditure
  • enforce project policies and procedures (e.g. risk management strategy and plan, log frame etc.)
  • review of contractual terms and conditions to ensure compliance
  • develop processes and procedures for monitoring and evaluation  including development of project level key performance indicators, linked to the wider GCRF programme
  • annual reporting to BGS and project funders
  • perform day-to-day management of the project team and address any team issues promptly
  • resource management, both financial and staffing, staff deployment
  • address project issues and work to resolve them with the wider project team
  • coordinate team meetings to discuss project status and issues
  • coordinate the project board, deputise for the project manager as required and support the project consortium management unit (comprising the PM, PI and another Co-I)
  • managing the advisory group: providing project information in a timely way, liaising with the chair and members on meeting dates, ensuring that group reports are passed to the PI in  good time.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • Prince2 foundation and practitioner
  • experience in coordinating and administering projects, project monitoring, evaluation, analysis and review, ideally in a research environment
  • proven project resource management experience, both financial and staff deployment
  • proven budget management experience
  • evidence of establishing project team reporting structures
  • knowledge of project management principles and processes and how they apply within a research environment
  • knowledge of monitoring and evaluation including development of project level key performance indicators
  • risk management planning and risk management processes and practice
  • ability to collate, analyse and present data in a variety of formats including reports, presentations etc.
  • excellent organisation skills and attention to detail
  • systematic in approach to work with a flexible approach and ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised, identify problems early and work to resolve them
  • proficient in the use of Excel
  • approachable and open
  • confident and comfortable issuing instructions and following them through to delivery
  • able to travel to Africa for short trips on an occasional basis.


  • formal basic finance/accounts training
  • experience of procurement etc in a public sector environment
  • experience of preparing for and undergoing external audits
  • experience of projects in the global South with a focus on development and capacity strengthening
  • knowledge of contractual and financial consideration of research grants to ensure compliance
  • experience in the use of Microsoft Project or equivalent
  • ability to train overseas project counterparts in aspects of project management (in particular bid preparation and costing, resource management, project planning, reporting).

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:

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. 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. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

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, 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. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC244151 reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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