Senior Project Manager

Location of position is: Slough

Salary in the range: £41,703 - £46,936 depending upon qualifications and experience; the level of appointment and associated salary will depend upon qualifications and experience.; the level of appointment and associated salary will depend upon qualifications and experience.

Are you a driven ‘hands-on’ project manager looking for an opportunity to lead a diverse, challenging and fast-paced portfolio of projects? Do you have what it takes to contribute to innovative educational projects?

Founded in 1946, NFER is a highly respected and successful charity committed to the continuing improvement of education and training for all learners. Joining the Research & Product Operations (RPO) department you’ll be part of the team responsible for the operational delivery of a wide and diverse portfolio of projects, including large scale test trials, international studies, Randomised Control Trials, marking projects, event based projects, as well as a suite of products for schools and others.

About the role of Senior Project Manager

As the Senior Project Manager you’ll take on a senior role in the department, managing a range of complex projects at one time. With a strong track record in successful project management you’ll enjoy turning complex activities into practical reality.

Key activities and projects include:

  • devising solutions to deliver new projects
  • project and product management, using formal project management approaches
  • managing assessment trials, event based projects, surveys, e-assessment projects and other operationally focussed projects
  • developing and managing strategies to engage and retain school participation
  • developing quality approaches and plans
  • team and line management
  • budget management and cost control
  • developing technical specifications and working with developers to create new systems
  • report writing, writing proposals and pitching for projects via competitive tendering

About you

We are looking for someone with outstanding organisational and management skills who is creative and innovative. You’ll enjoy working in an operational and fast-paced enviorment, able to act upon complex requirements quickly and efficiently and have extensive experience of handling large-scale projects. You’ll have:

  • a degree or equivalent with a numerate / technical element
  • proven large scale, complex operational project management skills
  • knowledge of and experience in applying project management techniques in a ‘hands on’ manner
  • the ability to manage and motivate teams and drive progress
  • the ability to develop processes from scratch, mapping plans and turning outline projects into real deliverable steps
  • proven ability to manage and control budgets
  • excellent Excel skills and the abililty to learn and utilise and technology easily
  • excellent face to face, written and verbal communication skills
  • a creative approach and the ability to take on and shape new and unknown projects
  • a real interest in operational and logistical projects

This role would not suit someone who only has IT project management experience.

About us

We offer a pleasant office environment within beautiful green surroundings, close to Windsor and Slough town centres; connections by road, rail and air are excellent – we are within easy reach of the M4 and M40, London Paddington is 15 minutes by rail and we have free parking. We believe in a work life balance; with 30 days paid leave per year, over and above Bank holidays plus additional discretionary days, good support for staff development and generous pension arrangements.

How to Apply

Applications should be made using the Foundation’s standard application form and returned to: recruitment@nfer.ac.uk

Completed applications should be submitted by 9am Monday 25 June.

For further information about this position please call: 01753 637269. Please do not contact this number if you are an agency/third party. This number is strictly for candidates only.

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