Project Support Officer (Permanent, Full Time)

Corporate and Business Support (CBS), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton


About the role:

We are seeking a Project Support Officer to develop and assure the delivery of an effective and efficient support function to the Directorate of Science and Technology (DST). 


The key function of this role is to assist the Senior Project Support Officers and Scientists throughout NOC, acting as a key point of contact for queries. The role requires project support and financial knowledge to ensure comprehensive, professional and seamless support to facilitate the requirements of the science groups. You will provide project support skills and techniques for the planning and co-ordination of all project activities, including data trawls for funding opportunities; supporting bidding for funding; procurement and maintaining accurate project budgets.  The post holder will be responsible for monitoring the NOC Resource Management System (RMS) and ensuring that all actions taken adhere to NOC and NERC policy for project management.


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


Please note that we are unable to sponsor candidates who require the right to work in the UK.



This is a Band 7 position and the starting salary will be £22,224 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.


Hours of Work: 

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


About you:

You will have experience of supporting projects through their whole lifecycle including bid preparation, costing, monitoring budgets and expenditure, invoicing and reporting using extensive knowledge in Microsoft Office. You will be dynamic and solution orientated with excellent communication skills. A proactive and flexible approach will be required for this post, acting as a troubleshooter for the group and wider scientific community. Experience of using the NERC computer systems such as Oracle, JeS and Changepoint would be advantageous. 


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 IRC242673. 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: 27 September 2017


Interviews: It is expected that interviews will take place during week commencing 9 October 2017

Closing date: 
Wednesday, 27 September, 2017