Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation (AIM) Programme Director

Job reference:
BAS 21/148
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment
Open-Ended Appointment
Circa £63,000 to £70,000 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
BAS Executive team
BAS Head Office – Cambridge with extensive UK and overseas travel
Closing date:
3 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation (AIM) Programme is a £700 million programme commissioned by the Natural Environmental Research Centre (NERC) in 2013 to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research in the Polar regions. This investment by the UK government is the most significant in polar science since the 1980s and will help the UK maintain its position at the forefront of environmental research.

We are halfway through our programme and the next phase will develop our aircraft and airfield capability, construct a new Antarctic operations building and develop an evidence based route map to a net-zero carbon estate by 2040.

We are looking for an enthusiastic programme director with a genuine interest for the work we do, a track record of leading complex programmes and successfully managing commercial partnerships. Accountable to a member of the Executive Team the postholder will be responsible for providing strategic oversight of the direction of the programme and ensuring delivery of results. BAS has a strong culture of collaborative working and this role will play a critical role in fostering productive relationships, encouraging staff empowerment and developing a high performance culture in line with our PRICE values.

The ideal candidate will have experience of leading large complex projects / programmes, applying project management methodologies to ensure the successful delivery of outputs.


To provide leadership for the delivery of the UKRI Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme. This will be ensured through the leadership, oversight and delivery of the programme portfolio, stakeholder engagement and commercial partnership


Professionally qualified in either: Engineering; Estate Management; Procurement; Project Management; Finance, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience. You will be a project delivery expert.


Project leadership

▪ Responsible for the leadership of the Rothera Modernisation, introduction of our new intercontinental aircraft, and phase two of the Antarctic infrastructure Modernisation Programme
▪ Providing budget stewardship
▪ Scheduling, organising, forecasting and control of project activity

Stakeholders Engagement

▪ Ensuring projects deliver agreed target benefits to BAS Operations and the wider UK research base
▪ Fostering productive relationships and encouraging staff empowerment at all levels within BAS and developing a high performance culture in line with PRICE
▪ Maintaining key stakeholder relationships with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOD, Falkland Islands Government and Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, UKRI, and BEIS
▪ UKRI Accountability for the UK’s Antarctic Infrastructure project delivery

Commercial partnership

▪ Identification, selection and implementation of commercial and procurement strategies
▪ Key contract monitoring and commercial partnering
▪ Ensuring commercial best practice and value for money

Project delivery

▪ Building project delivery capability
▪ Sustaining successful and robust project governance
▪ Delivering the Programme
▪ Create the project delivery capability and capacity within BAS to set up successful AIMP2 projects, realise the benefits, operate effective governance and ensure controlled project closure
▪ Meeting and exceeding government project delivery standards

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/148
Publication date: 19 November 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 3 January 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 10 January 2022

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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


  • Evidence of working as a Programme Director. - Essential
  • Evidence of managing lead team and commercial partnerships. - Essential
  • Experience of leading large complex projects / programmes, applying project management methodologies to ensure the successful delivery of outputs. - Essential
  • Experience as a programme director of construction project and/or an overseas project - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working within government processes - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working within a science related organisation - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of operating within a matrix management structure - Desirable [3]


  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BAS - Essential
  • Demonstrates a passion to continuously challenge and achieve improvements to bring business benefits - Essential
  • Shows an understanding and personal commitment to EDI - Essential


  • A professional qualification in either: Engineering; Estate Management; Procurement; Project Management; or Finance - Essential
  • MPLA or PLP graduate - Desirable [3]

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence and negotiate across a range of stakeholders - Essential
  • Able to develop and foster a collaborative working culture across multi-disciplinary teams as well as be an effective team-player - Essential
  • Evidence of line-management and managing team performance to successfully deliver through others - Essential
  • Able to make sound decisions and resolve complex problems to operate at pace in a changing environment - Essential
  • Able to work with ambiguity and have clarity of thought to cut through the detail to see the bigger picture and bring order. - Essential

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