Project Coordinator (Permanent, Full Time)

Science and Project Support, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a Project Coordinator to join our Science and Project Support Team (SPS) that develops and assures the delivery of an effective and efficient support function to the Directorate of Science and Technology (DST).  The position will work to support the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTE) to assist staff in developing Oceanographic sensors deployed at sea, in coastal areas and in polar regions.

You will be responsible for initiating, developing, monitoring, managing and evaluating detailed project plans, which requires project management expertise to ensure comprehensive, professional and seamless support to facilitate the requirements of NOC scientific projects.

Your role will be in supporting the planning of projects by collecting information from project technical leads and working with them to develop and maintain project plans. You will assist in the tracking of issues and reporting to the weekly management team meeting. You will review the financial progress of projects and the group and provide projections as well as managing relationships with external stakeholders and assisting in the arrangement of conferences and project meetings.

You will be accountable for the co-ordination of all OTE project activities, including milestone tracking, resource planning and budget management and for ensuring timely delivery of reports, and playing a key role in building and maintaining strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note, we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

You will have demonstrated success in a project management environment, with evidence of financial skills and sound budget management from prior projects as well as evidence of significant appropriate specialist knowledge. Strong computer literacy and experience in the creation of project documentation using Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Project, is essential. Experience in using the NERC computer systems (Oracle and Changepoint) would be an advantage.

You will educated to degree level or demonstrate significant relevant work experience and you will hold a recognised project management qualification e.g. Prince 2 Practitioner.

You will be confident, proactive, dynamic and solutions orientated with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will have experience of working with data that requires excellent attention to detail and accuracy and be able to elicit the information required from a variety of sources. Strong, well developed team working, interpersonal and negotiation skills will be key to building strong working relationships with NOC Senior Management and other key internal stakeholders. You will represent NOC externally and support the delivery of activities across multiple partners. Evidence of demonstrating initiative and ensuring a disciplined approach to task prioritisation under conflicting and changing demands will be essential.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (   

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer 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 welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC240936. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 14 May 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on 1 and 2 June 2017.

Closing date: 
Sunday, 14 May, 2017