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 seeking a Senior Delivery Manager to lead the delivery of our commercial services at our Teddington site for the Advanced Materials Characterisation Group.  Our offering ranges from microstructural characterisation of materials and thermal performance to mechanical testing and surface engineering.  We offer these services and consultancies to customers from large primes to SMEs.  The successful candidate will be responsible for managing delivery of our diverse portfolio, ensuring work is completed to the highest quality standards, on time and within budget. As a Senior Deliver Manager, they’ll work closely with the Group Leader to run the group to ensure their portfolio of products and services deliver to expectations and that every opportunity is realised – including identifying new products and collaborations to feed into our continued growth. 



  • Manage a portfolio of products and services ensuring income and key performance targets are met for the area

  • Working with business, science and engineering leaders, develop and deliver resource, business and investment plans for the portfolio of products and services to ensure ongoing relevance to customers

  • Identify and work with the Group Leader to put in place capabilities needed to achieve targets and maximise the impact of government investment

  • Develop, maintain and manage multi point relationships with existing customers, new client organisations and potential partners or collaborators in order to develop the relationships with these organisations

  • Work with science and engineering teams, sector leads and product managers to identify and introduce new products and services that deliver revenue to NPL and provide positive impact to customers

  • Ensure that services are delivered to the required level of quality and that appropriate accreditations and certifications are maintained. Investigate and resolve any anomalies in delivery

  • Deputise on behalf of the Group Leader when required.

About You
The successful candidate has a keen eye for detail, is a self-starter and communicates effectively at all levels of business.  They will work with our team of scientists and engineers, as well as customers and partners to ensure that NPL’s capabilities efficiently deliver our services and continue to evolve to meet UK current and future needs.  We expect the job holder to work with NPL’s commercial team to grow our measurement service business, translate customer requirements into measurement proposals and new services offerings so attention to detail, good planning and communication skills are vital.  They should also have experience of managing a team, which means they’ll need excellent organisational and influencing skills.

Experience, skills and qualifications

  • Proven background of delivering complex business and technical projects using internal and external suppliers is essential.

  • Educated to graduate level in any science or engineering subject would be ideal but other degree subjects would be considered.

  • Experience of working in a laboratory within a formal quality environment (e.g. ISO 17025) would be beneficial as would experience of areas such as materials science or mechanical engineering

  • A sound knowledge of quality management processes and accreditation (ISO9001 and ISO/IEC 17025)

  • Practical experience of resource planning

  • A high level of commercial awareness

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 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.