REF Project Manager

University of Oxford - Medical Sciences Divisional Office

Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

Are you an excellent project manager with a proven track record of coordinating complex projects? Are you able to liaise and develop trust with large extended teams to deliver a project in partnership? Do you have meticulous attention to detail, the ability to analyse large quantities of data, as well as the capacity for strategic thinking?

The Medical Sciences and Humanities Divisions at the University of Oxford are each looking to appoint a Project Manager who, in consultation with senior managers, will manage the divisions’ submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

You will be responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of the Medical Sciences or Humanities Division’s REF submission, working across a wider team of academics and administrators, the central REF team and other divisions. This will involve coordinating the collection and preparation of all narrative and data components; establishing appropriate systems and processes to manage and validate data; liaising with academic leads of the relevant REF units of assessment and producing and delivering policy papers, briefings, and reports. You will also line-manage divisional staff who support REF impact case studies.

You will therefore need excellent project management, communication, and interpersonal skills to enable effective collaborative working, influencing and supporting academic and administrative staff at all levels to deliver a large-scale, complex project. You will need to be educated at least to degree level, preferably with demonstrable experience of higher education research support administration and policy; and able to work independently as part of a wider team, managing time and prioritising work effectively and efficiently to tight deadlines. You will be required to demonstrate excellent analytical capability alongside verbal and written communication skills to provide the strategic advice academic leads require. You will have to balance this alongside practical guidance to individual researchers and the delivery of the routine and repetitive tasks required by the REF submission process.

This is a fixed-term role until February 2021, full-time (part-time minimum 0.8 FTE would be considered).

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date is 12.00 noon on 13 November 2017. Interviews will be held at the end of November 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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