Antarctic Modernisation – Trainee Project Manager

Job reference:
BAS 20/67
Contract type:
Full Time
Duration:
Fixed Term Appointment (4 years)
Salary:
In year 1 and 2: Starting from £24,777 per annum In year 3 and 4 (dependant on performance): Starting from £30,782 per annum
Benefits:
We offer generous benefits
Team:
British Antarctic Survey
Location:
BAS Cambridge, with possible periods of up to 6 weeks deployed to stations in Antarctica.
Closing date:
5 July, 2020 11:59 pm

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

Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are currently looking for full-time (37 hours per week) Trainee Project Manager to join our Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

Over the last 5 years, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, part of UKRI) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have invested in an initial phase of projects, to modernise its Antarctic infrastructure. This investment has delivered a new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, new wharves at King Edward Point in South Georgia, and at Rothera, and building improvements at Rothera and on Bird Island. We are also currently building a new science and operations build, the Discovery Building, which will complete in 2023.

NERC/BAS are shortly to embark on the next exciting phase of modernisation, which will see the acquisition of a new long-range transport aircraft, hangar and runway enhancements which are needed to support it, and the trial and scale-up of renewable energy generation. Further projects are likely to include new waste management facilities, domestic accommodation and a marine facility, all at Rothera. We also intend to look at further infrastructure requirements for our Island stations and that required for our future work in East Antarctica. These projects are all being delivered under the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) Phase 2.

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.

To support us in our work, NERC/BAS has entered into long term partnering contracts with a Technical Advisor and a Construction Partner in order to deliver this challenging programme and BAS has set up a Programme Management Office.

This role is responsible for supporting all aspects of programme delivery.

Purpose

This role is to support all aspects of project management delivery on AIMP.

Qualification

One or more of:

  • Construction or engineering related degree or equivalent
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in an engineering discipline
  • BTEC, GNVQ or C&G in an engineering or construction discipline

Duties

In first two years (Band C):
• Support the Rothera Assistant Project Manager and the other AIM PMO team members in delivering the AIMP.
• Assist in the contract administration of the NEC TSC Task Orders with the Technical Advisor and the Construction Partner for the projects, including progress reporting, progress meetings, change management, programme and risk management.
• Assist in the coordination of the Employer review processes for the projects.
• Support the communication of the work of the AIMP to the wider community.
• Prepare highlight reports and any other progress reports required by the programme.
• Visit research stations as required for purposes of site investigation, familiarisation, site supervision and commissioning support.
• Provide assistance in ensuring the Construction Partner team 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
• Work with the Senior Information Manager and the Project Management Officer to ensure rigorous compliance with the Common Data Environment and the Project Management Plan.
• Assist in preparation of all end of stage and end of project documentation, including BIM and Government Soft Landings.
• Progress towards achievement of formal project management qualification. Pass the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

In years 3 and 4 (Band D):
Note that progression to Band D is dependent on satisfactory performance against the duties and responsibilities listed above and successful achievement of the PMQ.
• Support the Islands Project Manager and the other AIM PMO team members in delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.
• Take responsibility for the project management of non-complex projects within the programme.
• Administer NEC TSC Task Orders with the Technical Advisor and the Construction Partner for the projects, including progress reporting, progress meetings, change management, programme and risk management.
• Coordinate the Employer review processes for the projects.
• Communicate the work of the AIMP to the wider community.
• Prepare highlight reports and any other progress reports required by the programme.
• Visit research stations as required for purposes of site investigation, familiarisation, site supervision and commissioning support.
• Ensure the Construction Partner team 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
• Work with the Senior Information Manager and the Project Management Officer to ensure rigorous compliance with the Common Data Environment and the Project Management Plan.
• Oversee the production of all end of stage and end of project documentation, including BIM and Government Soft Landings.
• Pass the APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) and achieve full membership of APM.


Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 20/67
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 5th July 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 21st July 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

  • Form effective working relationships with staff of various levels of seniority and disciplines - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel. - Essential
  • Good presentation skills - Desirable [3]

Knowledge & Experience

  • Knowledge of the construction process, particularly those projects with significant building and or building services elements - Essential
  • Knowledge of BREEAM or equivalent sustainability schemes - Essential
  • Appreciation of project delivery in complex environments with multiple stakeholders - Essential
  • Experience in data and information management - Essential
  • Appreciation of the logistical and environmental issues in delivering construction projects alongside polar science programmes. - Essential
  • 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]
  • Knowledge of managing projects using the NEC suite of contracts - Desirable [3]

Leadership/Management Skills

  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a project or non-project environment - Essential

Other Skills

  • Good Knowledge of other MS Office products including Project 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

  • Working understanding of PRINCE2 methodology (or similar) - Desirable [3]
  • Construction or engineering related degree - Essential
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in an engineering discipline - Essential
  • BTEC, GNVQ or C&G in an engineering or construction discipline - Essential

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
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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.