Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245735
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24435 - £26560
Date Posted 25 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 per annum to £26,560 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd July 2018


BGS is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Project Support Officer to join our Project Support Team at our headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

With proven experience of using project management based resource and/or financial systems and working in a project focussed organisation, your work will include:

Primary Tasks:

  • be responsible for a portfolio of standard projects within a number of science directorates and work with project managers to obtain accurate budgeting and forecasting of expenditure
  • provide specific support, knowledge and advice to project managers, team leaders, resource managers and Science directors in the use of the ChangePoint Resource Management System (RMS) and the integrated project and resource management processes this incorporates
  • assisting project managers in the applications of Grants and advising in the use of other Grant bidding systems e.g. Joint Electronic Submissions (JeS).  Cross referencing details onto the RMS system to assist in the resource management within BGS and the provision of pipeline data
  • responsible for the project set-up within RMS, ensuring the most appropriate RMS project breakdown structure to facilitate project delivery
  • accurate maintenance of all Standard project profiles within designated area of responsibility
  • monitoring the progress of all bids on the RMS for designated areas of responsibility to ensure all process steps are completed within the prescribed timescales, and all actions taken adhere to the BGS/NERC/UKRI policy for project management
  • working closely with Finance to ensure science directors are provided with the relevant information in order to facilitate corporate exercises and financial monitoring.

Other Tasks:

  • provide guidance to new staff within assigned BGS Team areas to use Corporate BGS/UKRI business systems effectively
  • where appropriate, proactively work with project managers, team leaders, resource managers and science directors to promote the support available in relation to bid preparation and project management
  • travel to other BGS sites as and when required.

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 British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.



  • A-C grades in 5 GSCE subjects (or equivalent) including English and Maths



  • recent experience of working within a project focused organisation
  • must have some understanding in the ability to produce sound financial costings and the effective interpretation of project monitoring reports (Resource and Budgets/costs).


  • working within a scientific research organisation
  • experience of using the Oracle EBS system or other large ERP system.



  • working knowledge of MS Office applications, in particular Excel.


  • an understanding in Prince2 foundation level
  • knowledge of resource management software Change Point.

Skills and Abilities


  • demonstrate the ability (either from work experience or relevant experience outside of work) of working with minimal supervision and prioritising time and resources
  • effective team-working skills and experience of working as part of multi-disciplinary team
  • must be prepared to travel to support the project support team
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role within the organisation.

Personal Qualities


  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • ability to proactively promote the services of the project support team to scientists
  • experience of communicating effectively in a customer service environment


  • ability to analyse and solve operational problems
  • a full UK driving licence.



  • demonstrates an interest in their own continuing development
  • enjoys working as part of a team.


  • demonstrates an interest in the work of their current employer.

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, 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.

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