Air Capability Project Manager

Job reference:
BAs 117/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-term Appointment (3 years).
Starting salary from £48,887 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
Closing date:
4 December, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is continuing its journey to modernise Polar Operations. We are entering an exciting new phase, as we seek to deliver a new aircraft that will be at the heart of supporting our team in Antarctica. BAS are now seeking an experienced Project Manager to join their Programme Management Office to deliver this essential capability.

This role will exploit earlier analysis to scope initiate a project to deliver the new Antarctic air capability. Work will include engaging with internal and external stakeholders, capturing end user requirements, and identifying investment requirements to maintain BAS at the forefront of Polar air operations.


This role will exploit on earlier analysis to initiate a project to deliver a new Antarctic Air Capability. This work will include engaging with internal and external stakeholders, capturing end user requirements, and identifying investment requirements to maintain BAS at the forefront of Polar Air operations.


Degree level educated or equivalent experience.


As a member of the Programme Management Office the Air Capability project manager may be required to perform some or all of the following:

Plan & Resource the Project:

• Scope, prioritise and deliver project work packages by working closely with stakeholders & senior management

• Define and control the project plan that identifies and sequences the activities needed to complete the project successfully

• Determine the required resource required to complete the project and manage the budgets and provide regular reports to the Project Board

• Determine the objectives and critical success factors for project evaluation.

• Identify resources and assign responsibilities

Implement & Control the project:

• Provide status reports for senior management.

• Tender for and manage contract packages with various suppliers.

• Define, and control the project risks and issues log.

• Configuration, and management of documents and deliverables.

• Take responsibility for all health and safety issues on the project, co-ordinating risk assessments and other documentation.

• Line manage other project staff, if required.

• Management and approval of all budgeted project expenditures.

• Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholder and appropriate staff on the progress of the project.

Any other tasks, within the remit of the role, as required by the Director

For any queries please quote reference: BAS 117/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 4th December 2019
Interview date: 17th December 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. 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. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships across the wider organisation including senior management. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Fully conversant with MS-office applications. - Essential
  • High level of proficiency in all Microsoft Office tools and, specifically, MS Project. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Work on own initiative and in consultation with the Project Board. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Essential that the post holder can work with a wide range of staff of various disciplines. - Essential
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player. - Essential
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Proven experience of managing complex project, programmes and chair meetings. - Essential
  • Previous people management experience. - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Numerate and able to read & understand programmes, plans and drawings. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be available for overseas travel. - Essential


  • Degree level educated or equivalent experience. - Essential
  • MSP or Prince2 Practitioner - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Significant knowledge of project management methodologies. - Essential
  • Extensive experience of tendering and managing contracts out packages of work. - Essential
  • Previous experience of working on an equivalent size project with multiple stake holders. - Essential
  • Knowledge and/or experience of IPA gateway reviews. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge and experience of public sector procurement. - Desirable [2]
  • Working in the Public Sector. - Desirable [3]
  • Dealing with International contractors. - Desirable [2]
  • Previous experience of aviation operations in Polar or extreme operating environments. - Desirable [2]
  • Substantial aviation experience, either as an operator or maintainer. - Desirable [1]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

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Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
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