Senior Project Support Officer for the Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)

National Oceanography Centre

Science and Project Support, Corporate and Business Support

About the role: We are seeking a Senior Project Support Officer to develop and assure the delivery of an effective and efficient support function to the Directorate of Science and Technology. 

This post, within the NOC’s Science and Project Support team, will be responsible for managing a portfolio of projects on behalf of the Marine Geosciences (MG) and Ocean Biogeochemistry (OBE) groups. The role requires project management knowledge to ensure comprehensive, professional, seamless support to facilitate the requirements of MG and OBE.

You will be required to take responsibility for coordinating the submission of proposals for funding, creating project costings and giving advice on funder rules and regulations.  You will provide project support skills and techniques for the planning and co-ordination of all project activities including financial reporting, resource planning and budget management.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions.

Hours of Work:  The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you: You will have experience managing project financials including preparing proposal costings, budget management and expenditure, and bring extensive experience in Microsoft Office. Experience using the NERC computer systems such as Oracle, Changepoint and J-eS would be advantageous.

You will be highly numerate, and able to demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.  You will be dynamic and solution orientated with excellent communication skills. A proactive and flexible approach will be required for this post, dealing with emergent support requirements as new areas of work develop. You will be self-motivated and able to work on assigned tasks independently. You will be enthusiastic to learn new skills in project management and willing to make the extra effort to ensure they develop the necessary skills to carry out the role.

What we can offer you: In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and low cost car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us: The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (   

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Natalie Campbell, Head of Science and Project Support via email -

Our Commitment as an Employer: The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, math’s and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:  All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC233730. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place 15th and 16th November 2016.