About the Role

NPL is the UK`s National Measurement Institute providing the measurement expertise that underpins UK prosperity and quality of life. From unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G to antibiotic alternatives and more effective cancer diagnosis/treatments; technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a century`s worth of expertise, NPL`s science, engineering and technology makes this possible.

As a Principal Project Manager, you will be responsible for leading and managing the delivery of one of our highest profile science and engineering projects or programmes to key industry customers. You will be a member of the Project Management leadership team, responsible for developing, contracting and managing the delivery of a project to ensure we delight the customer.

NPL is going through a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity. The sorts of projects or programmes you could be working will be in our Ensuring resilient future communications infrastructure within the UK area (link)


We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work-life balance - if you are looking for part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.

About You

You will have: -

  • A track record of focusing on the customer, understanding what is important to them quickly, and ensuring successful delivery both for the business and the customer.
  • A background in Engineering, Research and Development, or Systems Engineering
  • A track record of successfully managing the bid and delivery of complex projects ideally in a science or research-led environment, with an ability to translate scientific capabilities into solutions that meet the needs of Government and industry.
  • Experience in managing projects that have multiple partners from industry, government and academia, are multi-disciplinary with complexity (Technical, Political, Contractual) and a technical scope of work.
  • You are comfortable in an environment where technology is being built to operate in customer or partner environments, and you are proactive in behaviour to ensure successful project delivery. 
  • Experience of leading effectively through ambiguity and getting the best out of teams operating in a matrix environment.
  • Ability to coordinate, monitor and control individual projects to ensure delivery of objectives.
  • The credibility and experience to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Availability to travel to other NPL sites within the UK
  • Experience of working successfully with a range of partners to deliver.
  • A willingness to continually improve.
  • People management experience is essential, both for direct line reports and indirect project team management. 

Skills and Knowledge

  • Engineering / Systems Engineering (or equivalent) degree level qualification
  • Highly proficient in project management techniques and their application, with the ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines for yourself and others
  • Project Management Qualification (APM PPQ, Chartership or equivalent)
  • Strong people management skills to manage cross functional, multi-disciplinary teams and to influence people outside the direct line management chain
  • Line management experience (direct or indirect)
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present complex information effectively to meet the needs of different audiences
  • Proactive behaviours, with a strong focus on delivering for both customer and NPL.
  • Proficiency in all aspects of Microsoft OfficeTM, including MS Project



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.


If you are applying for this position and you have been displaced by the Ukrainian crisis, please apply and email [email protected] or text 07976873073 highlighting you are applying under the "We support Ukraine" initiative - Ukraine employment support - NPL
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, black, Asian and minority ethnic 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.