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John Innes Centre

JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.

The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

The John Innes Centre prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. For more information, go to http://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Post Number1003378
Job TitleNGI Project Manager
Closing Date29 Jan 2018
GradeSC5
Starting Salary£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week 37
Project Title JIC Next Generation Infrastructure
Expected/Ideal Start Date 26 Feb 2018
Months Duration 18
Main purpose of the job The Project Manager role will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the external project team for the design of new facilities, and for interaction with other relevant internal and external parties. This will be a key role at the heart of the Next Generation Infrastructure programme.
Department Directorate
Group Details The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, research, genetics and microbiology. Its research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in biological and chemical sciences, including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, computational and mathematical biology. About 400 people work in JIC which is based in Norwich Research Park, Norfolk NR4 7UH. Please see https://www.jic.ac.uk/about/ for further information.
The JIC is establishing a Programme Office for its Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) programme, which is intended to draft proposals for the development of a new 30,000sqm research facility for occupation by JIC and The Sainsbury Lab (TSL) in the Research Park. This is an exciting time for this nationally-recognised research institution, as it brings together its vision for future generations of scientists.
The Programme Office is dedicated to drafting outline proposals for a new development, an operational strategy, and a business case, which will be taken forward for funding by government and other interests during 2018. This work will include regular engagement with internal and external scientific and other stakeholders and users, and working with external building design and other professionals. The nature of the programme will require flexibility and imagination from the Project Manager, in responding to changing circumstances and new challenges.
The Programme Office is based in Norwich Research Park.
Advert Text NGI Project Manager

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and versatile Project Manager to join the team at the John Innes Centre.

The John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre (JIC) is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, research, genetics and microbiology. Its research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in biological and chemical sciences, including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, computational and mathematical biology. About 400 people work in JIC which is based in Norwich Research Park, Norfolk NR4 7UH. Please see https://www.jic.ac.uk/about/ for further information

The Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) Programme:

JIC is establishing a Programme Office for its Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) programme, which is intended to draft proposals for the development of a new 30,000sqm research facility for occupation by JIC and The Sainsbury Lab (TSL) in the Research Park. This is an exciting time for this nationally-recognised research institution, as it brings together its vision for future generations of scientists.

The Programme Office is dedicated to drafting outline proposals for a new development, an operational strategy, and a business case, which will be taken forward for funding by government and other interests during 2018. This work will include regular engagement with internal and external scientific and other stakeholders and users, and working with external building design and other professionals. The nature of the programme will require professionalism, flexibility and imagination from the Project Manager, in responding to changing circumstances and new challenges.

The Project Manager Role:

The Project Manager role will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the external project team for the design of new facilities, and for interaction with other relevant internal and external parties. This will be a key role at the heart of the Next Generation Infrastructure programme.

Specific duties of the role will also include:

-     Ensure best-practice measures for project management are established and maintained.

-     Draft, update and monitor all time-based schedules and programmes to ensure the timely running of the project and achievement of key milestones

-     Ensure that a full suite of project management tools is drafted, updated and monitored including quality plans, change controls, risk management etc

-     Maintain budget and regularly report on project expenditure and cash-flow for the project work

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this role, candidates must possess a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent. They must also have several years experience of management experience, including responsibilities for manahement of: design, budget, schedule, quality and external contacts.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of 18 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003378.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
Key relationships Internal: All levels of staff within the Institute

External: project team of consultants and advisers; other third parties
Main Activities & Responsibilities
Ensure that appropriate best-practice measures for project management are established and maintained, appropriate to the size and complexity of this project
Support the Programme Director/Manager in the running of the programme, including support of relevant management/governance forums, and drafting of organisational structures
Draft, update and monitor all time-based schedules and programmes to ensure the timely running of the project and achievement of key milestones
Act as the focal point for day to day project management, all coordinated with the Programme Manager, ensuring appropriate and timely co-ordination and communication across the Project Team
Engage, manage and co-ordinate all external consultants as required by the programme, including drafting briefs, contracts and instructions
Ensure that a full suite of project management tools is drafted, updated and monitored including eg. quality plans, change controls, risk management etc..
Manage regular project team, workshops and other meetings to secure appropriate timing, cost & quality of delivery; and provide records of meetings as required to support the project work.
Ensure timely issue of instructions or changes to scope and project invoices, where appropriate
Manage project and third-party resources on and off site so as to maximise their effectiveness and value for money
Support Programme Risk Management and manage the appointed Risk Manager to identify, measure and mitigate on-going risks and issues and produce mitigation strategies where necessary
Identify, monitor and report on key performance indicators, and ensure providers adhere to agreed project quality standards including recognised methodologies, benchmarks etc.
In conjunction with specialist Cost Management team, manage the Project Capital Budget, reporting to the Programme Manager
Maintain budget and regularly report on project expenditure and cash-flow for the project work
Report appropriate information to inform effective decision making; provide regular status reports concerning progress and relevant issues arising
Provide support to stakeholder management and facilitate communication between the Project Team and proposed users/operators, including meetings/workshops to identify user requirements
Contribute to the drafting and issue of relevant material for the purposes of communications, PR etc.
Ensure adherence to corporate or other relevant project management processes and methodologies in agreement with the Programme Manager, and support any third-party peer review processes.
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Educated to Bachelors degree level in a related discipline, or equivalentEssential
Relevant Postgraduate degree and/or professional membershipDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Fully competent in the use of relevant software e.g. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook & ProjectEssential
Demonstrable knowledge of alternative project management approaches/methodologies in the context of built/facilities deliveryEssential
Minimum several years relevant experience in relevant management activity, incl. responsibilities for:
-Design management
-Budget management
-Programme/schedule management
-Quality management
-External consultants management
Essential
Appropriate knowledge in the identification, quantification and management of riskEssential
Well-developed organisational, planning and management skillsEssential
Effective presentation skillsDesirable
Able to take initiative in an understanding of the strategic contextDesirable
Strong analytical and reasoning skillsDesirable
Knowledge of relevant OGC Gateway processesDesirable
Knowledge of construction and/or service contractsDesirable
Familiarity with Autocad and/or VisioDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Proven record of the delivery of relevant projects/programme (scale, complexity etc.)Essential
Proven experience of managing relationships with stakeholders at a range of levelsEssential
Imagination, versatility and resourcefulness in responding to changing circumstancesEssential

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Strong formal and informal communication skills, including report writing and presentationsEssential
Excellent interpersonal and teamworking skills Essential
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all people at all levels both inside and outside the instituteEssential
Strong team player: working with others to reach a common goal, sharing information and supporting colleaguesEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate Essential
Motivated individual, highly flexible approachEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both international reputation and public engagement aims of the InstituteEssential
Ability to travel nationally and internationally related to collaborations and/or seminarsDesirable

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