About the Role
Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Our research teams need to focus on the task in hand to propel our growth. Thanks to you, they can, as you’ll be taking care of all aspects of the operational management of the group. This will include managing the team to ensure they have the resources and time they need to complete their tasks. It means you’ll need to link in with project managers and delivery managers to make sure that all projects, products and services are delivered on time, to budget and to the highest standard. Along the way, you will be certain to manage expectations and take remedial action as needed. Not only will you facilitate the work the research teams conduct internally, you’ll also build strong relationships with our customers, so that their needs are met. At a strategic level, it will be your responsibility to work with the leadership team so that you’re hitting broader business objectives, whilst ensuring communication and engagement is high across the business. 
About You

Lead a high achieving group within a science department without necessarily being a technical expert; provide operational leadership, commercial awareness, people and project management and communication skills.

We are looking for Group Leaders across a number of departments as we continue to grow. NPL Group Leaders bring a broad skill set which is central to achieving our aim of continuing to innovate and deliver scientific excellence, often in collaboration with other organisations, whilst supporting an increasing number of customers and driving our commercial growth.


Essential Experience for Group Leaders in all disciplines:

• Degree or equivalent ideally in a STEM discipline.
• Understanding and interest in, or exposure to a research/technical/engineering environment will be vital, without necessarily being a technical expert.
• Proven people management experience supported by excellent communication skills.
• Self-motivation and enthusiasm will be required alongside good organisation with a sense of urgency.
• Building networks internally and externally to ensure cross-discipline team working to support growth.

• Oversight of health and safety within the group and  its laboratories


Areas of Focus 


Leadership: Your focus will be to project and line manage, driving staff development, engagement, motivation and assessment in pursuit of delivering NPL strategy. A passionate role model, you will encourage collaboration as you balance resource management and direct cost requirements across projects and project teams to ensure technical deliverables are met.

Communication: Demonstrating impact from our innovative science is key to NPL support for the UK economy. You will both promote your team in this ongoing pursuit and facilitate cross-discipline team working and understanding to enable growth in these areas.

Project Management: In collaboration with the Project Management department you will ensure operations adhere to governance standards. You will also be responsible for management of your group revenue. Above all your projects must be delivered to time, cost and quality expectations.

Combining these skills will enable you to maximise the impact of important areas of scientific development.


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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 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 wellbeing 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.

Please note we will be reviewing applications throughout the recruitment, so would encourage you to apply now. We will be publishing assessment centre dates in the next couple of weeks. Weare a National Laboratory and are expanding regionally and would welcomeapplications from exceptional candidates who are able to travel to various NPLand customer sites’

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