About the Role
The Management Support Unit (MSU) is a dynamic team within NPL, administering two large-scale European metrology research programmes on behalf of EURAMET eV, jointly funded by the European Union (Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe) and participating countries. The programmes are expected to run until 2033 and support pan-European collaborative research projects in measurement science. As a Project Officer, you’ll take responsibility for a wide range of programme management duties – dealing with everything effectively and efficiently. From developing calls for funding, through project evaluation and grant negotiation to project monitoring and closure.

Responsibilities and Duties

We are looking for a Project Officer to join our team administering two large-scale European metrology research funding programmes. You will work closely with colleagues and assist the research community supported by the programmes.   More specifically, you will be involved in: 
• Preparing documents for funding calls
• Preparing proposal evaluation documents 
• Organising and facilitating the proposal evaluation process
• Negotiating funding grants
• Monitoring funding projects
• Participating in ex-post project audits
• Providing support to the research community bidding for and delivering projects 
• Supporting the programme management committee
• Reporting to the European Commission

The role is based at NPL in Teddington, UK, although due to Covid-19 we follow government advice and we currently work largely from home.  When prevailing conditions allow, the role will also include travel within Europe.

About You

With a background in science and/or project management, you’re exceptionally well organised and have great communication skills. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates who are numerate and detail oriented, and who have experience and skill in the application of financial rules and regulations in grant funded projects.

• Proven (research) project management experience.
• Knowledge and experience of managing or commissioning projects under the EU Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020 or similar national schemes. 
• An understanding of the grant application process.
• Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
• A degree in science or engineering is desirable but not essential

Must be willing to travel (once coronavirus restrictions are lifted).

Beyond that, we’re looking for someone 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’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. Together, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.
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 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.

NPL and BEIS 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 BAME 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.

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.