Halley Estates and Future Planning Project Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 61/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (18 Months)
Starting from £38,318 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
1 September, 2019 11:59 pm


Halley VI has considerable operating lifespan remaining and is expected to last for many years to come. Unpredictable Glaciological conditions on the Brunt Ice Shelf have caused BAS to make the decision to not over winter staff at Halley for the past 3 years. The station is in excellent condition and is being used as a science platform during Antarctic summers & a prototype micro turbine unit is operating at Halley over the winter allowing automated instruments to feed scientific data back to the UK.

To comply with the Antarctic Treaty Environmental Protocol British Antarctic Survey aims to have management plans in place for refurbishment, clean-up or decommissioning of its research stations. Given the potential instabilities of the Brunt Ice Shelf a project has been commissioned to plan in detail the safe and environmentally sensitive decommissioning of Halley for implementation when required.

Working alongside technical staff this project manager role will be responsible for the production of a full suite of planning documentation for the decommissioning, transport, re-use or re-location of all structures, assets, materials and supplies located on the Brunt Ice Shelf.

This role will be based in Cambridge with one visit to Halley (Antarctica) for up to 12 weeks.


To project manage the future Estates planning of Halley research station, Antarctica.


- NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline.
- Prince 2


Project Management:
• Working with your project Executive you will be responsible for setting up your project team, meeting structure and project reporting plan.
• Defining and implementing the structure of project documentation.
• Ensuring that the project outputs and products are delivered on time and are of agreed quality.
• Chair and participate in project meetings.
• Present to a wide range stakeholders.
• Manage the project budget.
• Manage the production of an Environmental impact assessment.
• Manage the independent verification of technical documents.
• Ensure the timely handover of all project documentation and products.

• Take part in planning sessions with the Halley Operations Management team (HOMT).
• Participate and pass a range of pre-deployment training courses prior to deployment to Antarctica.
• Take an active part in station life while deployed to Antarctica.
• Any other duties as required by the director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 61a/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st September 2019
Interview date: TBC
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Essential
  • Power point presentation experience - Essential
  • Track record in presenting to a national and international audience - Desirable [4]

Computer / IT skills

  • High level use of office packages, Microsoft Project - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. - Essential
  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including operations staff, scientists, administrators and contractors - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Project Management experience - Essential
  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. - Essential
  • Line management experience - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Basic numeracy, ability to manage budgets - Essential
  • Able to interpret drawings - Desirable [4]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues - Desirable [1]


  • NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline - Essential
  • Prince2 - Essential
  • NEBOSH / IOSH certification - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Budget management experience - Essential
  • Contractor management experience - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in Project management - Essential
  • Knowledge of building systems - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of Antarctic buildings and logistics - Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [2]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

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