New Operating Dynamic Change Coordinator

Job reference:
BAS 20/56
Contract type:
2.5 years
Starting salary from £30,782 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Operational Support teams
Closing date:
12 April, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a New Operating Dynamic Change Coordinator to be part of exciting transformation projects.

What is the role about?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is undergoing a significant period of change as a result of major projects and internal transformation. A motivated, engaging individual is needed to coordinate and develop activities that support a seamless transition of these changes into business as usual, as well as being a champion for change across the organisation. The successful candidate will need to be a confident communicator, able to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders across BAS and NERC. The role acts in direct support to the Business Change Manager future Antarctic capability, is wide ranging and will help bring together teams and departments not only in Operations, but across BAS and NERC/UKRI.

Who are we?

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.


Coordinate and develop activities to help BAS transition to a new operating dynamic. The successful candidate will work closely with business as usual teams to develop new ways of operating and ensure that new processes are fully embedded.
They will also be responsible for supporting business change communications, both within BAS, and from UKRI. This will involve engaging with a wide range of stakeholders as well as developing new ideas and innovative methods of communicating change information.


  • Deputise for Business Change Manager Future Antarctic Capability.
  • Monitor and coordinate progress of activity supporting the new operating dynamic and Transformation.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop transition plans for projects into business as usual.
  • Support development of: - Station operating manuals incorporating changes as a result of infrastructure modernisation.
    • New ways of working, people resource models and logistics options for the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
    •  User requirements for future Antarctic capability.
  • Help to develop costing models for future operations.
  • Assist in delivering safe, environmentally sound and sustainable Operations for the long term.
  • Help to drive new ways of working across Science, Operations and Corporate Services.
  • Keep abreast of technology that could drive efficiencies and sustainability in BAS.
  • Develop and encourage innovative ideas across the organisation.
  • Engage with UKRI Transformation activity.
  • Be a champion for change across BAS to deliver successful transition to new ways of thinking and working throughout the organisation.
  • Any other tasks as required by Business Change Manager

Please quote reference: BAS 20/56
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12 April 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Wednesday 20 April 2020

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

Business Processes

  • Able to identify key drivers for change and understand its impact on business as usual - Essential

Business processes

  • Able to identify and maximise opportunities to improve performance across operations - Essential

Communication skills

  • Confident presentational skills with the ability to convince others and achieve results - Essential

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Strong attention to detail and high delivery standards - Essential
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and in writing - 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
  • Understands and uses technology to benefit area of work. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Strong time and task management skills - Essential
  • Ability to prioritise and manage work independently and move things forward - Essential
  • Able to make decisions, and explain the various factors taken into account. - Essential
  • Flexible and willing to take on a range of tasks - Essential


  • Experience of working with budgets and/or costing models - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage positively with stakeholders at different levels - Essential
  • Able to work independently on own initiative / selfstarter - Essential
  • Passionate about change - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must have excellent general analytical and problem solving skills to fully support the programme of transformation and other BAS change activity. - Essential
  • High level of organisational skills required - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of introducing change - Essential
  • Experience / understanding of BAS operations - Desirable [3]

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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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.