About the Role

Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.


We are looking for a Project Manager for our ongoing internal change programme, supporting the implementation of new technologies and ways of working across the organisation. Critical to your success, will be your ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and customers to ensure projects meet objectives and are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality – as well as being strictly compliant to our governance standards. 

About You

It will be your responsibility to proactively lead the early initiation of projects with minimal instruction. Turn high level project proposals into well defined projects, mobilising resources, and establishing the project structures required for successful delivery.  You will work with stakeholders and partners, taking early action to address risks and issues and ensure the appropriate level of governance and controls are in place.  



    • Knowledgeable project manager used to managing projects to agreed specification, time, cost and quality through the full project life cycle ideally with experience of project delivery within an organisational transformation programme.
    • Strong aptitude for creating project delivery plans in consultation with key stakeholders that maximise adoption and minimise resistance and facilitating the project to get the best out of teams operating in a matrix environment.
    • Ability to coordinate, monitor and control individual projects to ensure delivery of objectives. 
    • Experience ensuring that projects are transitioned into Business as Usual with full documentation and handover


Essential Skills:

    • Familiarity with both Agile and Waterfall methodologies with ability and willingness to switch between them.
    • Effective people management skills to manage cross functional, multi-disciplinary teams and to influence people outside the direct line management chain
    • Strong 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 Office


Desirable skills:

    • Project Management Qualification (APM PPQ, Prince2, Chartership or equivalent) 


NPL offers competitive rewards and benefits. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to creative a positive work-life balance. Please see our careers website for more information.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency, and security requirements are more tightly defined than others. To work in this role, you will need to have a SC clearance with no restrictions, or you must have the ability to obtain a SC clearance.
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.