Junior Project Manager

Research & Disruptive Innovation - Glasgow or Blyth

Ref: 313 Date Posted: 09 July 2021

Junior Project Manager

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult)

Location: Blyth / WFH

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is excited to be recruiting for a Project Manager, on a 12 month fixed term contract, to be based within our Research & Disruptive Innovation (RDI) Directorate. This role is based in Blyth, with a proportion of working from home (WFH).

About us

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is part of a network of world-leading research and technology centres set up by Innovate UK to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth. Our vision is to be the world’s leading offshore renewables technology centre and our mission is to accelerate the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector.  The RDI Directorate develops and delivers the ORE Catapult’s most cutting-edge projects, focussing on the new frontiers and latest developments in the sector.

Tell us more about the position?

Developing major research programmes is a proven way to deliver the Catapult’s aims with high impact, and the RDI team is expanding its project management to ensure delivery. Reporting to the R&D Programmes Manager, this role will help deliver two programs with significant financial investment: a development program with a major turbine original equipment manufacture (OEM), and a regional North East England supply chain development program.

This role will support the R&D Programme Manager in the delivery of projects to meet the agreed scope, budgets, and timelines, as well as effective management of the risks and quality associated with the projects. You will assist with future program development and implementation for the fast-growing offshore renewables sector both locally and nationally. This can also include aiding with implementation of our academic engagement strategy by working with the Academic Engagement Manager on related elements within the research and development programs.

As part of the delivery team you will launch, coordinate and deliver grant funding calls. Implement lessons learnt from activities and identify opportunities for continuous improvement throughout the lifetime of the program. Monitor external grant funded projects sponsored by the program, with management of internal and external stakeholders, and impact reporting. Ensure good governance of all aspects of activity, including supporting external audits and senior management where required.

Work closely with the technical leads to deliver projects within the major turbine development program, and interface with technical leads within the delivery team. Collate information for internal reporting and ensure that the relevant project information is available and correct.

What are the key responsibilities?

  • Supporting the R&D Programme Manager to successfully deliver projects safely and to schedule, quality, and cost in accordance with the partner needs and contract requirements.
  • Identifying and managing risks and opportunities from project conception, delivery, through to closeout.
  • Ensuring all projects and programmes are closed out effectively, including all relevant and necessary documentation filed and stored appropriately.
  • Identifying opportunities for improvements on project delivery, resource availability and efficiencies for the RDI project portfolio.

What do I need to qualify for this role?

  • Honours degree qualification or equivalent in a STEM subject.
  • At least 1 years’ work experience within a technical sector, for example in energy, utilities, or construction.

To be considered for the position you should have:

  • Proactive, positive and collaborative mindset and the ability to work well as part of a wider team.
  • Ability to work both in office and remotely, with good work ethic and motivation.
  • Awareness of occupational Health & Safety issues.
  • Critical thinking, reflection, and iterative improvement approach.
  • Communication skills and stakeholder engagement experience.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.

The following are desirable:

  • Project management training, for example an introductory qualification or university modules.
  • Demonstrable aptitude for managing project budgets and financial reporting.
  • Working towards professional Project Management qualification.

How do I apply?

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please take the opportunity to review the attached job description and apply using a covering letter and updated CV which showcases the skills and experience you have relevant to the role.

Thank you for your interest in Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Closing Date: 30th July 2021

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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