Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250640
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 02 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres:  January 2020 (exact date TBC).


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

The UK ATC, located at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, is the national centre for the design and production of astronomical technology. We design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes. We also project-manage UK and international collaborations. Our scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into fundamental questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies.

Current projects at the UK ATC include; Harmoni instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will be the largest optical and infra-red telescope ever built. Mid InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s flagship successor to Hubble. Projects of this size and complexity require close collaboration of many different international partners, which provides a unique challenge with respect to the project management. For more information about UK ATC and current projects please visit:

Summary of Duties & Responsibilities

As a Graduate Project Manager at the UK ATC, the post holder will be expected to work within teams across a wide range of projects, according to the processes and procedures in place at the UK ATC which are based around the PMI Body of Knowledge standards and the STFC Project Management guidelines.

Working within a matrix organisation alongside engineers, technicians and scientists, and reporting to the Head of the Project Management Group at the UK ATC, the main duties will be to:-

  • Project Planning & Risks: Support the Senior Project Manager and the Work Package Managers by facilitating the planning, tracking of progress, and status reporting of all key tasks at the UK ATC against the project delivery date. Initially, this will involve tasks such as schedule capture and maintenance, closing-out actions, identifying delays and compiling progress reports etc. As experience is gained, other duties will be required including critical path identification and control, and risk register analysis
  • Project Finance: Assist in the set-up of work package budgets against estimates, then monitor actual project spend at the UK ATC in terms of effort and material cost against the budgets, reporting status as required to the Senior Project Manager
  • Stakeholder Reporting: Compile information in draft form to assist the Senior Project Manager in the reporting of project status to all stakeholders and customers
  • Consortium Management: Using the experience gained from UK ATC specific work packages, monitor and control schedule and costs incurred on work packages external to the UK ATC within the project Consortium. This will involve tracking institute schedule updates and feeding the date back into the master schedule; following-up on actions, especially risk mitigation actions; checking institute financial returns against their budgets and consolidating them into the overall finance plan
  • Procurement & Contract Management: Produce and implement procurement plans, work with procurement staff to raise orders, then track all key items towards delivery according to contract terms and conditions.
  • Project Management of Small Projects: Be responsible for the cost and delivery, to the required specification and standards, of some small scale short duration projects.

Note that some of these tasks will involve UK/international travel to consortium institutes external to the UK ATC.

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.

Criteria to be assessed through Shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I):


  • Obtained first degree Bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a STEM subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S).
  • Knowledge of the principles of project management gained either through university modules or work-place experience, including project set-up, planning, risk analysis, financial control and contract management (S&I)
  • Strong communication, organisational and presentational skills, enabling the succinct transfer of information to a wide and diverse audience (S&I)
  • Good interpersonal skills and self-confidence (S&I)
  • Sound technical awareness and competency (I)
  • Knowledge of the principles of System Engineering and the project life-cycle model (I)


  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance and Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management Systems (S&I)
  • Knowledge of Institute of Project Management (IPMA) and PRINCE2 (S&I)
  • IT skills, especially with respect to Microsoft Office Applications and Microsoft Project (S).
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase.
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2019 or January 2020.

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit:

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