Project Manager – BAS Cambridge Polar Aquarium Modernisation

Job reference:
BAS 21/120
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (18 months)
from £39,748 to £44,166 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
BAS Cambridge
Closing date:
26 September, 2021 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is looking for an experienced Project Manager to plan and oversee a program of works to modernise the BAS Cambridge Polar Aquarium facility.

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.

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.


The project manager is to plan and oversee a program of works to modernise the BAS Cambridge Polar Aquarium facility.

Working closely with subject matter experts within the Estates, Science and Laboratory Management team, you will oversee the development of this high profile project all the way from initial design to construction and handover, in order to deliver a world class science facility in support of BAS’s polar research.

Meeting the project’s goals on time and within budget, it will require you to organize people, tasks and resources to bring about a successful conclusion. Liaising with contractors, internal and external stakeholders, you will ensure all works are carried out safely and in accordance with best practice and documented procedures.

The project manager will complete a full suite of project documentation throughout the project, enabling a smooth, soft handover to the Cambridge Estates team on completion.
This role will be based in Cambridge.


Relevant project management qualification: PRINCE2/APMQ or equivalent or suitable professional experience


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
• Oversee the design and tender stages of the project, ensuring that relevant BAS subject matter experts are engaged to deliver a solution that meets all stakeholder requirements and agreed project deliverables/benefits
• Build an effective disruption management plan, working with key stakeholders to ensure business continuity can be maintained throughout the project
• Ensure 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 independent verification of technical documents
• Ensure the timely handover of all project documentation and products
• Ensure that the construction phase is actively managed on-site, prioritising safe delivery of all construction activities

• Take part in planning sessions with the Cambridge estates team
• Any other duties as required by the director of BAS

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/120
Publication date: 25/08/2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 26th September 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12th October 2021

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.

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 and tender specification writing experience - Essential
  • Able to present to a senior audience - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office package - Essential
  • Microsoft Project proficient - Desirable [3]
  • Able to interpret technical drawings - 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

Interpersonal skills

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

Managerial ability

  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision - Essential
  • Ability to manage contractors and numerous stakeholders - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Basic numeracy, ability to manage budgets - Essential

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 - Essential


  • Relevant project management qualification: PRINCE2/APMQ or equivalent or suitable professional experience - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Budget management experience - Essential
  • Contract Management experience - Essential
  • NEC4 PM Accreditation - Desirable [5]

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in engineering /construction/technical project management or significant experience in a relevant technical field - Essential
  • Knowledge of HVAC, Refrigeration and Building Management Systems - Desirable [3]
  • Experience in construction/operation of temperature controlled facilities/laboratories/aquariums - Desirable [3]

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