Senior Project Manager – Rothera Modernisation

Job reference:
BAS 118/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Duration:
Open-Ended Appointment
Salary:
Starting from £48,877 to £62,454 per annum.
Benefits:
We offer generous benefits
Team:
Project Management Office
Location:
Cambridge, with possible short (up to 6 weeks) visits to Rothera Research Station in Antarctica.
Closing date:
15 December, 2019 11:59 pm

Description

A great opportunity has now arisen for an enthusiastic and capable senior project manager to join the Project Management Office (PMO) at the British Antarctic Survey.

What’s great about this role?
There is huge variety in the projects we are delivering, so a chance to gain experience in many aspects of infrastructure delivery including the specific Antarctic factors such as logistics, environment and science interfaces. Most of the time you will be based at the BAS head office in Cambridge surrounded by a large team of highly committed people passionate about delivering and supporting polar science. There will also be opportunities to spend time at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica during both the development and construction delivery phases of the projects.

We expect all team members to grow and develop their careers significantly through their involvement in this programme. It is a fast moving environment and no two days are the same, which is part of the challenge and the excitement, however we have a strong team that supports each other and allows us to be successful.

What’s great about joining this team?
You will be part of a team tasked with delivering one of the most exciting and challenging programmes of infrastructure projects ever commissioned by NERC/BAS.

NERC/BAS will shortly take delivery of its new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. This is part of a £225M programme of works, which also includes a number of land based infrastructure projects, such as wharf upgrades and station buildings and services improvements at the research stations. A separate programme of station improvements at Rothera (the UK Antarctic Hub) has also been agreed giving a total budget of over £300M currently being invested in improving our Antarctic infrastructure. These projects are known collectively as the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP). Future phases of this programme have now been identified with significant additional spend over the next ten years.
NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with a Technical Advisor and a Construction Partner in order to deliver this challenging programme.

The AIMP projects are part of a Government capital investment for the development of sustainable and efficient infrastructure. In addition, BAS is embarking on an extensive programme of transformation to achieve a number of objectives including using resources more effectively, realising the benefits of capital investments and the integration of BAS business systems and capability with other BAS functions.

BAS has set up a Project Management Office (AIM PMO). This role sits within the PMO and is responsible for managing the delivery of all elements of the Rothera Station modernisation that have been identified in the 25 year master plan. This is likely to consist of, but is not limited to:

Ongoing projects:
• A new Science and Operations Building to replace six existing buildings and site services upgrade (detail design ongoing, first of four seasons of this £47M construction contract starts December 2019)

Future Phase projects:
• A new 48 bed accommodation block
• Energy efficiency, renewables and sustainability projects (including wind power)
• Rothera Point operational improvements
• New boat shed and marine laboratory
• Runway enhancements
• New or upgraded hangar

The partnership is committed to working collaboratively with very strong and positive shared values and behaviours. Our delivery model is to adopt best practice in all areas such as sustainability, innovation, BIM, Government Soft Landings, benefits realisation and continuous improvement, amongst others. We expect all new members of the team to help us develop so that our model can be demonstrated to be an exemplar of infrastructure delivery, one which has helped transform the way BAS is able to deliver science in Antarctica.

What are we looking for?

For this position we are looking for a professionally qualified project manager with:
• Site supervision experience on construction projects with significant building and or building services elements
• Experience of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes
• Recent multi-year experience of delivering construction based projects using PRINCE2 methodology (or similar)
• Experience of delivering projects in complex environments with multiple stakeholders
• Substantial experience of negotiating with internal and external stakeholders in respect of project resources and delivery
• Direct experience of negotiating with external contractors in a project management context
• Experience of managing projects using the NEC suite of contracts
Why should you come and work at BAS?
• British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 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 and our impact on it.
• Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.
• Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What would you get?
• Competitive salaries, flexible working, a generous pension scheme, subsidised canteen and sporting activities, superb learning and development opportunities and the chance to visit Antarctica – one of the most amazing places in the world.

Purpose

NERC/BAS will shortly take delivery of its new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. This is part of a £225M programme of works, which also includes a number of land based infrastructure projects, such as wharf upgrades and station buildings and services improvements at the research stations. A separate programme of station improvements at Rothera (the UK Antarctic Hub) has also been agreed giving a total budget of over £300M currently being invested in improving our Antarctic infrastructure. These projects are known collectively as the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP). Future phases of this programme have now been identified with significant additional spend over the next ten years.

NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with a Technical Advisor and a Construction Partner in order to deliver this challenging programme.

The AIMP projects are part of a Government capital investment for the development of sustainable and efficient infrastructure. In addition, BAS is embarking on an extensive programme of transformation to achieve a number of objectives including using resources more effectively, realising the benefits of capital investments and the integration of BAS business systems and capability with other BAS functions.

BAS has set up a Project Management Office (AIM PMO). This role sits within the PMO and is responsible for managing the delivery of all elements of the Rothera Station modernisation that have been identified in the 25 year master plan. This is likely to consist of, but is not limited to:

Ongoing projects:
• A new Science and Operations Building to replace six existing buildings and site services upgrade (detail design ongoing, first of four seasons of this £47M construction contract starts December 2019)

Future Phase projects:
• A new 48 bed accommodation block
• Energy efficiency, renewables and sustainability projects (including wind power)
• Rothera Point operational improvements
• New boat shed and marine laboratory
• Runway enhancements
• New or upgraded hangar

Qualification

• Professional project management qualification
• Construction or engineering related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent

Duties

• Support the Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager and work with the other AIM PMO team members in delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

• Responsible for the contract administration of the NEC3/4 TSC Task Orders with the Technical Advisor and the Construction Partner for the Rothera Modernisation Project, including progress reporting, progress meetings, change management, programme and risk management.

• Coordinate the Employer review processes for the Rothera Modernisation Project.

• Responsible for the updating and implementation of the following processes:
o Project Management Plan
o Information Management Strategy including BIM Level 2
o Risk Management Process
o Cost Estimating Process
o Stakeholder Management and Communication Plans
o Sustainability Strategy
o Benefits Management Plan
o Government Soft Landings
o Partnership Management Plan
o KPI’s, performance management and continuous improvement
• Keep the Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager informed of important issues, activities and progress affecting programme delivery.
• Communicate the work of the AIMP to the wider community.
• Prepare highlight reports and any other progress reports required by the programme.
• Visit Rothera Research Station for purposes of short term site investigation and familiarisation in season 19/20 and also to provide construction supervision support (likely duration 3-6 weeks) in this and subsequent seasons.
• Ensure the Construction Partner is compliant with the agreed construction contract, including:
o Conditions of Initial Environmental Evaluation
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

• Provide advice to the consultants and contractors on innovative techniques and systems to overcome problems specific to the polar environment.
• Work with the BAS Senior Information Manager to ensure rigorous compliance with the information management system requirements.
• Provide coaching and mentoring to other members in the team.


Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 118/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 15th December 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 6th January 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)

Communication skills

  • Explain complex concepts in an understandable way to non experts. - Essential
  • Form effective working relationships with staff of various levels of seniority and disciplines. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Excellent standard of English. - Essential
  • Strong knowledge of MS Word and Excel. - Essential
  • Excellent presentational skills. - Essential

Knowledge and Experience

  • Site supervision experience on construction projects with significant building and or building services elements - Essential
  • Experience of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes - Essential
  • Recent multi-year experience of delivering construction based projects using PRINCE2 methodology (or similar). - Essential
  • Experience of delivering projects in complex environments with multiple stakeholders. - Essential
  • Substantial experience of negotiating with internal and external stakeholders in respect of project resources and delivery. - Essential
  • Direct experience of negotiating with external contractors in a project management context. - Essential
  • Experience of managing projects using the NEC3 or NEC4 suite of contracts. - Essential
  • Involvement in previous construction projects in Antarctica or other remote and extreme environments. - Desirable [3]
  • 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]

Leadership/Management Skills

  • Proven ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in a project or non-project environment. - Essential
  • Proven ability to identify critical business relationships (internal and external) and manage them effectively. - Essential
  • Experience of staff management, recruitment, and performance management. - Desirable [3]

Other Skills

  • Advanced user of MS Project. - Essential
  • Advanced user of MS Excel. - Essential
  • Intermediate user of other MS Office products including Word and Outlook. - Essential
  • Must be able to travel at short notice and independently to Antarctica. - Essential
  • Enthusiasm to progress. - Essential

Planning & Organising

  • Demonstrate independence and initiative in carrying out role. - Essential
  • Organise and prioritise workload of self and others in order to meet deadlines and competing priorities. - Essential

Qualifications

  • Professional project management qualification. - Essential
  • Construction or engineering related degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent. - Essential
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner qualified - Desirable [3]

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British Antarctic Survey
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