About the Role
As a programme manager you will be responsible for managing the delivery of one of our high profile programmes responding to the challenges and priorities facing Government and UK industry.  You will have a key role in translating cutting edge science and R&D into benefits that shape the world we live in. 

A member of the leadership team, responsible for developing, contracting and managing the delivery of a programme of work to achieve outcomes and benefits.

In the first instance, you will have responsibility for managing the National Timing Centre programme. This will deliver a new network of atomic clocks, training and innovation centre opportunities for businesses; more resilient traceable time provision for the UK and creating opportunities for UK companies to enter the rapidly growing market in timing services

Responsibilities will include

  • Develop and deliver programmes that respond to Government priorities and industry challenges and support the delivery of NPL’s strategy by building new / exploiting existing science capabilities and working in partnership with a range of stakeholders (both internal and external)
  • Manage programme governance including defining the programme, managing the development& approval of the business case(s), ensuring appropriate assurance mechanisms are in place and benefits are defined and tracked
  • Ensure the programme’s projects are defined, resourced and coordinated in the best way to achieve its overall aims and realise benefits
  • Monitor and report on overall programme delivery, including spend and benefits realisation
  • Ensure that risks, issues, milestones and dependencies of the programme and its projects are managed, controlled, reviewed and communicated
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate internal and external governance including quality, health, safety, security and environmental legislation minimising risk to the business and enhancing NPL’s reputation
  • Support continuous improvement to ensure efficient and effective operational delivery
  • Ensure there is effective engagement with and management of the programme’s stakeholders (both internal and external) and wider communication of its aims and the benefits that will be achieved
  • Build and maintain customer and stakeholder relationships that will support NPL’s ability to deliver its mission, its reputation and remain sustainable
  • Provide leadership to ensure NPL’s mission, strategy and plans are articulated and understood internally and externally for your areas of the business
  • Manage the performance and potential of the matrix team, building highly motivated, customer focused and performing teams.
  • Be an agent of change through visible ownership, clear and consistent communication and a focus on benefits realisation
  • Champion programme management practices throughout the organisation and support their wider adoption.
About You

The successful candidate will need to be security cleared or be willing to become security cleared.

You will be an experienced programme manager who has successfully delivered programmes and projects that translate cutting edge science to address the problems facing Government and industry and achieve outcomes that benefit society and stimulate innovation and economic growth.

You will have

  • A track record of successfully managing and delivering complex programmes, and management a mix of stakeholders, 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 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 alignment with programme objectives and the achievement of benefits
  • The credibility and experience to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience of working successfully with a range of partners to deliver programme objectives and change.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Highly proficient in programme and project management techniques and their application
  • Managing Successful Programme (Practitioner) qualified
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Strong people management skills to manage cross functional teams and to influence people outside the direct line management chain
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present complex information effectively to meet the needs of different audiences
  • Ideally degree level qualified


About The Company

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 benefits(see our careers website for more information).

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.