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.
You will be working on the TRUTHS mission – which is a climate focused satellite mission led by the UK Space Agency in partnership with several European states. It will facilitate improved understanding of changes in the Earth’s climate and the response to the worlds net zero agenda. NPLs expertise is integral to the mission development – providing support to the design of the mission as part of the industrial consortium as well as providing the UK mission science and engineering lead.
We are looking for a Senior Project Manager who is committed to excellence and will provide portfolio and project leadership and management to ensure the successful delivery of the complex NPL’s Truths portfolio and some Truths related projects. Organised, business-savvy and with great communication skills, you’re a natural influencer who’s able to manage projects in a positive way. Beyond that, we’re looking for people 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 are always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need.
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 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
The skills and experience you will bring to the role: 
  • Demonstrable experience of working within a PMO environment.
  • A track record of successfully leading and managing R&D or commercial projects for multiple stakeholders across an organisation.
  • A track record of portfolio management.
  • Managing change within projects and communicating to a wide range stakeholder across the business.
  • Managing risks and issues within projects and coordinating mitigation actions between stakeholders of all levels.
  • Project budgeting and forecasting experience.
  • Reporting to project stakeholders and customers within agreed deadlines.
  • Experience in demonstrating responsibility for managing expectations of stakeholders and the perception of the project within, and outside of, the organisation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present complex information, tailored to a specific audience.
  • Experience in developing and applying project management processes and tools, and a willingness to continually improve.
  • Experience in bids and developing and winning projects.
  • Experience of contract management
  • Ability to travel both outside and within UK.

It would be great if you did have : 

  • Proficiency in MS Project
  • PMP/PRINCE2/APM PMQ project management qualification

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in specific departments means that nationality, residency and security requirements can be more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process.

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 Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK. 

NPL and DSIT 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 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. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

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 benefits. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. 

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.