Project Manager – Low Carbon Heating

Job reference:
BAS 21/43
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (24 Months)
£31,305 to £39,132
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
14 March, 2021 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 Project Manager to plan and oversee works to modernise the BAS Cambridge site.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 keep the 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 one of the most unique places in the world, 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 three year programme of works to modernise the BAS Cambridge site heating network and remove the site from gas fuel, in line with our carbon reduction strategy.

You will oversee the development of this ambitious project all the way from feasibility study, to construction and handover. 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 competition. This role will be based in Cambridge.


NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline


A NEBOSH / IOSH certification would be desirable


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 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: BAS 21/43
Publication date: 8 February 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 14 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 23 March 2021

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 and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. 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)

Communication 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
  • PowerPoint presentation experience - Essential
  • Track record in presenting to a national and international audience - Desirable [3]

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
  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • 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 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]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [2]

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 protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+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.