Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC253320
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £48877 - £54308
Date Posted 18 March 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 to £54,308 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band F
Contract Type: 2 Year Fixed Term Appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th April 2020
Interview Date: Late April 2020


The UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project, commissioned by NERC, follows the Government's 2014 announcement that it would allocate £31 million to create world-class, subsurface energy-research test centres to develop home grown energy supplies in the UK and create world-class subsurface research expertise in the UK. This investment will place the UK at the forefront of a multi-billion pound market globally and provide independent evidence for better regulation and public confidence in this area.

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Technical Manager who will play an essential role in the delivery of the UKGEOS capital project. The primary tasks of this critical senior role are as follows:

  • BGS Site Lead during the Cheshire site drilling/construction phase
  • Regular liaison with the Contractors Team to maintain oversight of progress relative to the contractors delivery programme
  • Work with the contractor to identify issues during the construction phase that could impact on later use of the site by researchers, contribute to risk reduction workshops and ‘optioneering’ sessions with the contractor’s team
  • You will work closely with the BGS UKGEOS Project Manager to provide feedback on progress with the site works, and help the Project Manager to assess the technical aspects of Compensation Events that may occur – In this context, it would be helpful for you to have a good knowledge of UK contracts, and specifically, the operation of an NEC3 Contract
  • You would be expected to support and co-ordinate the activities of BGS scientists working on site to collect data/samples during the drilling phase of the work. An understanding of the importance of sample collection during drilling to a scientific organisation such as BGS, and how this can impact on the ability to carry out future science. Past experience of sample collection work during drilling would be advantageous
  • The site works will be carried out under the Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations, and an understanding of the Clients duties under the CDM regs would be desirable
  • Detailed technical understanding of borehole drilling – and associated works
  • You will need to have a detailed technical knowledge of onshore borehole drilling. This will include shallow (50 -200m deep) boreholes and deeper (200m – 1000m) boreholes
  • You will also need to be experienced in working with contractors to oversee the delivery of agreed drilling plans and borehole designs and to ensure that the installation meets the requirements of relevant borehole regulations and is in accordance with the agreed safety case
  • Thorough knowledge of core logging work and understanding of core handling requirements
  • Knowledge and experience of overseeing wireline logging programmes from client’s perspective
  • Liaising with BGS/External advisory groups during the site work phase
  • The contractors have developed detailed delivery plans for the Cheshire site work – However, it is likely that there will be a need to deviate from these plans due to unforeseen circumstances (notably, unforeseen ground conditions) and you will have a key role to play in deciding how the team move forward.
  • Specifically, you will need to:
    • Be able to succinctly summarise the issues that have arisen
    • Develop – with input from the contractor - outline solutions for further discussion with BGS colleagues/external scientists
    • Contribute towards assessing the science trade-offs that may be needed to allow issues to be overcome on site.
  • Assessing quality of the Cheshire site works
  • The Technical Manager will have a key role to play in assessing whether the work delivered by the contractor meets the specifications set out in the contract documentation
  • Regular liaison will be required with the UKGEOS Science Director, and a wider group of BGS scientists who have been involved in the development of the designs for the UKGEOS Cheshire site.

Please note, the successful candidate will be required to spend the majority of their time at the UKGEOS Cheshire field site during the borehole drilling phase of the project.


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 relevant qualification in geosciences
  • Valid driving licence.



  • Experience in the design, drilling, testing and completion of onshore boreholes in the UK, (50 -200m deep) boreholes and deeper (200m – 1000m) boreholes
  • Experience in the installation of downhole monitoring systems
  • Experience of performing the role of ‘Clients’ Technical Lead’ during borehole drilling/construction work.


  • Experience of working in a science based organisation.



  • Very good working knowledge of UK HSE regulations and how they apply to borehole drilling
  • Competent with Microsoft Office applications.


  • Working knowledge of the CDM regulations and the Clients duties under CDM.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Proven ability of good time management skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Very good attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines.


  • Formal project management qualification.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability and willingness to drive as part of the role as well as working outdoors
  • Ability to prioritise and plan their workload, managing several tasks simultaneously
  • Enthusiastic and positive self-starter who works well as part of a team
  • Ability to travel to other BGS locations.



  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI
  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.

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.

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.

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.

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