Trainee Project Manager

Job reference:
BAS 21/130
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed Term Appointment (3 years)
Salary from £25,702 to £27,938 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
New Polar Vessel and Associated Projects team
BAS Cambridge
Closing date:
2 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Trainee Project Manager to support all aspects of programme delivery for the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) and the interfaces with other BAS functions.

The primary focus of the role will be on the Rothera Renewable Energy project which is focussed on transitioning the Rothera Research Station to renewable energy systems over the next 10-15 years.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams, and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


To support all aspects of programme delivery for the AIMP and the interfaces with other BAS functions.

The primary focus of the role will be on the Rothera Renewable Energy project which is focussed on transitioning the Rothera Research Station to renewable energy systems over the next 10-15 years.


Engineering or environmental related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent experience.


• Support the Rothera Renewable Energy Project Manager and the other AIMP team members in
delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

• Assist in the contract administration of the NEC4 Task Orders, Time Charge Orders and Works
Orders with the Technical Advisor and the Construction Partner for the projects, including
progress reporting, progress meetings, change management, programme and risk management.

• Assist in the coordination of the Employer review processes for the projects.

• Support the communication of the work of the AIMP to the wider community.

• Prepare highlight reports and any other progress reports required by the programme.

• Visit research stations as required for purposes of site investigation, familiarisation, site
supervision and commissioning support.

• Provide assistance in ensuring the Construction Partner team is compliant with the agreed
construction contract, including:
o Conditions of Environmental Impact Assessment
o Health and Safety provisions
o BREEAM and CEEQUAL schemes
o Interface with site operations and science
o Government Soft Landings
o BIM model maintenance
o Commissioning and handover documentation

• Work with the Senior Information Manager and the Project Management Officer to ensure
rigorous compliance with the Common Data Environment and the Project Management Plan.

• Assist in preparation of all end of stage and end of project documentation, including BIM and
Government Soft Landings.

• Progress towards achievement of formal project management qualification. Pass the APM Project
Management Qualification (PMQ).

• This role may also include the opportunity for secondment into the Construction Partner and/or
Technical Advisor organisations for periods of up to 6 months to improve breadth of experience
and general upskilling.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/130
Publication date: 24 November 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 02 January 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 17th 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 EmployersNetwork 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)

Communication skills

  • Form effective working relationships with staff of various levels of seniority and disciplines. - Essential
  • Proficient in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Competence in the use of MS Word and Excel. - Essential
  • Assist in communicating and liaising with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. - Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - Desirable [1]
  • Good presentation skills. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of working with a variety of stakeholders. - Desirable [3]

Knowledge & Experience

  • Knowledge of the project delivery process - Essential
  • Knowledge of BREEAM, CEEQUAL or equivalent sustainability schemes. - Essential
  • Appreciation of project delivery in complex environments with multiple stakeholders. - Essential
  • Experience in data and information management - Essential
  • Appreciation of the logistical and environmental issues in delivering construction projects alongside polar science programmes. - Essential
  • Experience of working within a public sector organisation or higher education institute. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working within a science-based organisation. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working in a collaborative partnership. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of managing projects using the NEC suite of contracts - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment processes. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working to ISO standards such as ISO14001. - Desirable [3]

Leadership/Management skills

  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a project or non-project environment. - Essential

Other Skills

  • Good knowledge of other MS Office products including Project and Outlook. - Essential
  • Must be able to travel at short notice and independently to other partner organisation offices in the UK and to Antarctica. - Essential
  • Enthusiasm to progress professional career. - Essential
  • Knowledge and/or experience of CAD and GIS. - Desirable [4]
  • Knowledge and/or experience of using common data environments. - Desirable [3]

Planning & Organising

  • Excellent organisational skills and self-discipline. - Essential
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. - Essential
  • Ability to use initiative in carrying out role. - Essential
  • Organise and prioritise workload of self and others in order to meet deadlines and competing priorities. - Essential


  • Engineering or environmental related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent. - Essential
  • Working understanding of PRINCE2 methodology (or similar). - Desirable [3]
  • APM Project Management Qualification - Desirable [3]

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