About the Role

Whether you’re talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. We’re striving to become more commercial. As a Senior Deliver Manager, you’ll manage a team to ensure your portfolio of products and services delivers to expectations and that every opportunity is realised – including identifying new products and collaborations to feed into our continued growth. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.


As an organisation, we know there are even more ways that our work can be used and developed. Managing a team, you’ll take a holistic view of the products and services within your portfolio – to check that we’re maximising every opportunity and that everything’s being delivered as it should be. Working with the business, science and engineering leaders, you’ll help put together resourcing, business and investment plans, as well as long-term strategies. You will also work with team leaders to develop new product and service ideas, taking into consideration the impact this will have on the broader organisation. Building relationships with existing customers, new customers, potential partners and collaborators will therefore also be essential. And you will also take responsibility for the performance of your team – motivating them to do better, carrying out their reviews, developing their potential and encouraging them to work together and model NPL’s values.

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 full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where it is business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in. 
 In addition, there is a wide range of benefits available to you as an NPL employee.
About You
Without doubt, you need to be an experienced Delivery Manager. So, a proven background of delivering complex business and technical projects using internal and external suppliers is essential. A natural leader, you must have experience of managing a team, which means you’ll need superb communication, organisation and influencing skills. 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
This role will be split into two areas: -

Delivery Manager for the Assured Autonomy area - 70% of your time

  • Have interest and affinity with the area – no science experience needed, but willingness to get into the content
  • Maintain the overview of all projects active in the area as well as the pipeline
  • Project manage as required. For all projects lead (with PMO support for projects where available) capacity planning and regular re-planning, deliverables tracking to time/quality/budget and support, procurement and capital requests as well as health and safety with lab manager support
  • For pipeline projects, work with partnership team and scientists in scoping the bids, the costing and be the science voice in meetings where needed
  • Work off-site at client/test bed locations as needed, including Cardington c. once a week, in the future probably Plymouth - subject to change
  • Support Principal Research Scientist in defining strategy for the area
  • Line manage selected staff

Deputy Group Leader - 30% of your time

  • Keep the Group’s master information up to date
  • Deputise for Group Leader when appropriate and when they are on leave (including approvals, meeting attendance)
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 possible.
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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.