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Project Manager - Research Management and Infrastructure Programme

London School of Economics and Political Science - Business Improvement Unit

Location: London
Salary: £40,229 to £48,456 per annum inclusive with potential to progress to £52,095 pa inclusive of London allowance - This role attracts a market supplement of £6,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th June 2024
Closes: 16th June 2024
LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university

This is an exciting time to join the LSE, a world-class University that was founded on understanding the causes of things and for the betterment of society. LSE 2030 will deliver a new strategic direction that will preserve and build on LSE’s status as a world leading social science university that educates brilliant minds and creates knowledge that can transform global societies for a global impact. The Business Improvement Unit (BIU) delivers both strategic transformational change and operational improvements across the LSE.

We have the opportunity for a Project Manager to join the BIU. You will be part of a dedicated team focused on improving how Academic Departments and Professional Services work, as well as enhancing the student experience. You will have the opportunity to work with stakeholders across all areas of the School including LSE Library, Research & Innovation (R&I) Division, Communications Division, Digital Technology Services (DTS), Finance Divisions and Academic Departments/Institutes and Research Centres/groups.

At the outset the postholder will support the delivery of projects that underpin the delivery of LSE 2030 through Priority 2: Research for the World, which aims to provide strategic change in research management and research resource in key areas and enabling world-class research across the breadth of the social sciences. They will support the transformation of the professional support infrastructure across the research and innovation lifecycle for the full range of internal and external stakeholders.

Candidates should have:

  • Experience of providing leadership and direction to a project team, demonstrating an ability to motivate with a clear vision of what is to be achieved.
  • A readiness to challenge the status quo and proactively identify and solve problems, including a willingness to understand issues beyond the boundaries of the project.
  • Substantial experience in working across organisational boundaries leading and directing productive, multi skilled, cross functional project teams, including staff from diverse areas of the organisation and stakeholder management at senior management level.
  • Advanced organisational skills including: 
    • Planning and resourcing
    • Project budgeting
    • Progress reporting
    • Managing issues and conflicts
    • Running meetings with stakeholders with varying skills and communication styles
  • Ability to write complex project documentation, including terms of references, project briefs, financial reports, business cases and stage gate reports.

Exposure to research administration, grant management, research output information or open research systems in Higher Education would be advantageous.

You welcome a challenge and are looking to work in an environment focussed on the delivery of world class teaching and research.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, hybrid working, and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to www.jobs.lse.ac.uk. If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email biu.management@lse.ac.uk.  

The closing date for receipt of applications is 16th June 2024 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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