About the Role

NPL has an exciting opportunity for two Project Officers to join our dynamic and growing Management Support Unit (MSU). The MSU team administers a series of large research funding programmes on behalf of EURAMET eV, the European association of national metrology institutes. The programmes support innovative and collaborative pan-European research projects in measurement science, as part of the Horizon 2020 and, potentially, Horizon Europe schemes, and are expected to run until 2033.

As a Project Officer, together with the rest of the team, you’ll take responsibility for a wide range of duties required to administer the programme, from developing calls for funding, through project evaluation and grant negotiation to project monitoring, closure and impact demonstration.

Responsibilities and Duties

Project Officers in our team work closely together to support the administration of EURAMET’s funding programmes.  The role involves:

  • Working with the programme management committee to prepare documents for funding calls
  • Working with colleagues to organise and support the proposal evaluation process. This includes facilitating meetings at our annual conferences as well as analysing and reviewing bid material
  • Collaborating with project consortia to negotiate the contracts for successful proposals. This requires reviewing and editing project plans and technical information
  • Taking ownership of a portfolio of funded projects
    • acting as first point of contact for project consortia
    • monitoring progress throughout project duration according to programme expectations, via thorough review of reports provided regularly by consortia
    • liaising with consortia to help maximise the demonstrable impact from projects, including proofing and editing publishable communications and providing advice and training where appropriate
    • collating project outcomes to assist reporting to the European Commission

In addition, depending on individual skills, experience and interests, Project Officers in the team may also work in one of a number of more specialised additional areas of programme management, ranging from finance, legal and data support, to stakeholder engagement and communications, through to event management and logistics.

The role is based at NPL in Teddington, UK, although there are opportunities to work partly from home under a Hybrid Working scheme.  When prevailing conditions allow, the role will also include travel within Europe approximately 2 to 3 times per year.

About You

With a background in science and/or project management, you’re exceptionally well organised, a great communicator, numerate and detail oriented.

We are interested to hear from candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Proven (research) project management experience
  • Knowledge and experience of managing or commissioning projects under the EU Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020 or similar national schemes
  • An understanding of the grant application process
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential
  • A degree in science or engineering is desirable but not essential. However, the ability to comprehend technical information from a project management perspective, and summarise scientific communications is a core part of the role

Additional skills and experience in either the application of financial rules and regulations, or in science communication, would be a bonus.

Must be willing to travel (usually 2-3 times per year within Europe, once coronavirus restrictions are lifted).

Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. 

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.