Project Manager

British Antarctic Survey
13 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Job Type
Contract Type
Full Time

This great opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and capable project manager to join the Project Management Office (PMO) at the British Antarctic Survey.

What's great about this role?
There is huge variety in the projects we are delivering, so a chance to gain experience in many aspects of infrastructure delivery including the specific Antarctic factors such as logistics, environment and science interfaces. Most of the time you will be based at the BAS head office in Cambridge surrounded by a large team of highly committed people passionate about delivering and supporting polar science. There will also be opportunities to spend time at our stations in Antarctica during both the development and construction delivery phases of the projects.

We expect all team members to grow and develop their careers significantly through their involvement in this programme. It is a fast moving environment and no two days are the same, which is part of the challenge and the excitement, however we have a strong team that supports each other and allows us to be successful.

What's great about joining this team?
You will be part of a team tasked with delivering one of the most exciting and challenging programmes of infrastructure projects ever commissioned by NERC/BAS.

What are we looking for?
For the Rothera Modernisation Project Manager we are looking for a professionally qualified project manager with:
• Site supervision experience on construction projects with significant building and or building services elements
• Experience of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes
• ecent multi-year experience of delivering construction based projects using PRINCE2 methodology (or similar)
• Experience of delivering projects in complex environments with multiple stakeholders
• Substantial experience of negotiating with internal and external stakeholders in respect of project resources and delivery
• Direct experience of negotiating with external contractors in a project management context
• Experience of managing projects using the NEC3 suite of contracts

NERC/BAS takes delivery of its new polar research vessel, the Sir David Attenborough, later in 2018. This is part of a GBP225M programme of works, which also includes a number of land based infrastructure projects, such as wharf upgrades and station buildings and services improvements at the research stations at Rothera, Signy, King Edward Point and Bird Island. A separate programme of station improvements at Rothera (the UK Antarctic Hub) has also been agreed giving a total budget of around GBP300M to be invested in improving our Antarctic infrastructure. These projects are known collectively as the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP).

NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with our Technical Advisor, Ramboll, and our Construction Partner, BAM Nuttall, in order to deliver this challenging programme over the next six years.

BAS has set up a Project Management Office (PMO). This role is within the PMO and is responsible for project managing the delivery of the infrastructure modernisation for Rothera Research Station, including energy and site services strategy and new buildings for science, operations and accommodation.

Professional project management qualification.
Construction or engineering related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent.

• Support the Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager and work with the other BAS PMO team members in delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.
• Responsible for the contract administration of the NEC3 TSC Task Orders with Ramboll and BAM Nuttall for the Rothera Modernisation Project, including progress reporting, progress meetings, change management, programme and risk management.
• Coordinate the Employer review processes for the Rothera Modernisation Project.

• Assist in the updating and implementation of the following processes:
-Project Management Plan
-Risk Management Process
-Cost Estimating Process
-Stakeholder Management and Communication Plans
-Sustainability Strategy
-Benefits Management Plan
-Government Soft Landings
-Partnership Management Plan
-KPI's, performance management and continuous improvement
• Keep the Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager informed of important issues, activities and progress affecting programme delivery.
• Communicate the work of the AIMP to the wider community.
• Prepare highlight reports and any other progress reports required by the programme.
• Visit Rothera Research Station in seasons 18/19 and 19/20 for purposes of short term site investigation and familiarisation and to provide support as necessary for the Rothera Wharf construction project. (maximum duration 3-4 weeks per visit).
• Provide construction supervision support throughout the three construction seasons 20/21, 21/22 and 22/23 at Rothera Research Station (maximum duration 6 weeks per visit).

• Ensure the BAM Nuttall team is compliant with the agreed construction contract, including:
-Conditions of Initial Environmental Evaluation
-Health and Safety provisions
-BREEAM and CEEQUAL schemes
-Interface with site operations and science
-Government Soft Landings
-BIM model maintenance
-Commissioning and handover documentation
• Provide advice to the consultants and contractors on innovative techniques and systems to overcome problems specific to the polar environment.
• Work with the BAS PMO Information Manager to ensure rigorous compliance with the Project Wise information management system.
• Assist in preparation of all end of stage and end of project documentation, including BIM and Government Soft Landings.
• Provide coaching and mentoring to other members in the team.
• Assist in other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 31/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 4th March 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: TBC
Proposed start date: ASAP

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at . From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.