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. We are looking for a deputy programme manager to work as part of our Strategy team, working alongside programme managers to ensure contracts are successfully delivered and benefits are realised . At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.
 
Key responsibilities
Contribute to overall programme design such that impact is maximised and the reputation of NPL enhanced
Develop and implement new and improved processes to ensure that the programme successfully delivers for all stakeholders including the adoption of opportunities for process automation and electronic dashboard reporting
Monitor the progress of the overall programme analysing individual projects (time and cost) and outputs of project reporting (quality) 
Support the Programme Co-ordinator to proactively manage queries and escalate to successful resolution  
Drive the progress of the programme by working closely with other NPL departments to overcome any obstacles to success
Provide clear guidance to NPL scientists on the scope of programmes and the processes involved – keeping it easy and efficient for scientists to engage. 
Provide input to programme level reporting to the customers in UKRI and BEIS  and liaise with partner organisation to build support for common ways of working and NPL goals 
 
About You
The successful candidate will have a track record of programme or project delivery in a complex stakeholder environment.
 
Skills required:
  • Able to understand customers’ perspectives, represent their needs within the organisation to maximise impact
  • Good planning skills and an ability to generate plans and forecasts for multi-year programmes and model different scenarios
  • Good communication skills – able to interpret complex information to meet the needs of different audiences
  • Thrives in situations where there is ambiguity and consensus needs to be built across partners and stakeholders
  • Flexibility to respond to changing needs and priorities and to respond to what needs to be done
  • Can resolve issues and obstacles, understand what it really going on and use the lessons learnt to drive change and enhance the performance of the team
  • A good awareness of programme and project management techniques and their application
  • An awareness of Government and UKRI  reporting and financial management processes would be desirable
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
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.                                                                                                

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.

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