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Senior Project and Delivery Manager

The National Foundation for Educational Research - Research and Product Operations

Location: Slough, Work from home
Salary: £43,000 to £49,000 DOE
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021

Are you an experienced project manager with a background of managing client contracts and suppliers across a challenging and fast-paced portfolio of projects? If so, join an organisation whose mission is to help children and young people get the best education possible and make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity.

As a Senior Project Manager within NFER you’ll have a hands on approach assisting, supporting and leading teams to deliver the operational aspects for a range of projects in relation to research, data collection, randomised control trials, assessment projects and surveys. Our projects relate to education helping our clients answer key questions – you could be involved in government funded international comparison studies looking at reading standards within primary or preparing pupils for the work place to privately funded research looking at the impact of Covid on education.

This is not a researcher role, this role operationalise the research methodologies used to answer research questions for our clients. It includes ensuring our data processing and quality control procedures are followed and updated where needed and ensuring projects meet the contractual requirements.

General day to day task include;

  • working out strategies to engage and retain schools in our activities, making it easy and enjoyable for them to take part
  • supporting schools involved in our randomised controlled trials and managing data collections throughout the project
  • organising online or paper surveys as part of research projects
  • ensuring the quality of all data collected and delivery to our analysis teams
  • organising coding and marking events
  • undertake contract management of third party suppliers
  • write proposals, cost and pitch for projects via competitive tendering
  • manage budgets and control costs
  • liaise with clients to understand their needs and ensure they are met


To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • large scale and operational project management experience
  • the ability to translate complex requirements into administrative practicalities and forward plan resources and activities
  • the ability to synthesize requirements into plans and ensure your project teams deliver
  • the ability to learn and utilise technology with ease
  • line management experience

Why NFER?

- Salary £43,000 - £49,000 DOE
- Generous pension scheme
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days (pro rata)
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)
- UK based role with hybrid model of 40% office based (although we are still continuing to work from home until January 2022)

We are a flexible and collaborative organisation with hybrid working and open to explore this further. Our offices are located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

If you’re looking for a place where you can put your heart, soul and skills into making a difference, we want to hear from you. Apply via the button shown.

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