Project Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
£52,075 - £58,800
11 May 2020
11 Jun 2020
Contract Type


1 Victoria Street, London

About the job Summary

Would you like to work on policies addressing some of the largest research challenges facing society? We are recruiting for a Grade 7 Project Manager within the European Research and Innovation Policy and Programmes team.

A little bit about us:

BEIS’ International Research and Innovation (R&I) Directorate is responsible for BEIS policy interests on research and innovation and how they relate to, and support, the department’s wider policy goals. We also contribute to the UK's global and economic agenda. By enabling the R&I funding ecosystem we help researchers and innovators to answer big questions and find solutions to global challenges.

The European Policy and Programmes team develops policy intelligence to contribute to discussions about funding, in particular for Horizon Europe, the next European R&I framework programme. We’re also building options for alternative future funding frameworks and shaping what the delivery of these needs to look like to help our partners be ready to act quickly if needed.

Job description

Project Managers are a critical part of how we coordinate and deliver the large and complex policy portfolio we manage. As a Grade 7 Project Manager, you be responsible for project delivery of policy, conforming to the best governance and guidance standards maintained by the Department.

You will join a core Project Management Office, but day to day you will be embedded within the policy team. The main focus of the role will be to support policy development with your insights and creative delivery solutions, to lead on the project delivery activities for large-scale alternative funding frameworks, and work closely with partners to prepare for project implementation.

Main Activities / Responsibilities:

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Business Case development. You will take responsibility for co-ordinating the production of high quality Business Cases (Strategic, outline and Full), ensuring the appropriate specialists input in a timely manner, appropriate assurance reviews are held and recommendations followed up on and that the project is successfully approved at the Project investment Committee.

• Governance, Project Planning, Project Performance, Controls and Assurance. Develop and coordinate plans and schedules, identifying and setting appropriate project controls, managing performance and reporting progress to sponsors. You will ensure the appropriate governance arrangements are in place to manage the project, with escalation routes and accountabilities made clear and corporate reporting requirements are met.

• Supporting the development detailed policy options and positions. Providing insight on delivery challenges and opportunities, and finding creative solutions to problems.

• Working within BEIS, across Government and with external partners to assess risks, determine solutions and support team leaders to secure agreement on the way forward. Providing support and challenge to policy teams and senior civil servants.

• Risk Management. Identify, monitor and proactively manage project risks and issues. You would take tangible action to ensure strategic and operational challenges are identified, prioritised, assessed, and appropriate mitigating actions developed, implemented and monitored throughout the life of the project. You will also ensure senior leaders and specialists are engaged where appropriate.

• Monitoring of delivery partner progress against plans, and management of central BEIS reporting requirements to support Task Force Europe and the Cabinet Office procedures.

This role could potentially include line management responsibilities.

The International Research and Innovation Directorate is made up of dynamic and engaged individuals working collectively. We encourage ideas in a supportive environment, and we’ll help you to develop the skills to progress. We offer flexible ways of working, and believe in an inclusive and diverse work environment. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.


Desireable Qualifications

You may have a recognised accreditation in professional project management such as:

• PRINCE2 Practitioner
• MSP Practitioner
• Agile Project Management Practitioner
• APM Practitioner Qualification
• APM Registered Project Professional
• Civil Service Project Leadership Programme


You’ll need to be/have:

• Relevant experience of Project Delivery in either a medium or highly complex public sector (or similar) projects or programme
• Experience in risk management, benefits management, planning, and assurance processes
• Able to draw insight and lessons learned from other project experience
• Flexible and able to work in an uncertain and politically complex environement
• Able to understand and critique complex information and present it in a digestible format
• An excellent communicator – in written form and in person
• Comfortable working with colleagues outside of the team, including outside of the department
• Proactive, with an eye for detail
• Interested in securing the best possible outcome for future UK research and development

Desirable Skills

You might already have worked in these areas; you will be interested in developing skills around:

• Change management
• Development of business cases and familiarity with HM Treasury assurance processes
• Working with Senior Officials and Ministers


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

Benefits Benefits

BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please use your Personal Statement to provide evidence of how you have used project or programme management skills and experiences (e.g. planning, risk management, benefits management) to deliver outputs or outcomes that demonstrates your suitability for this role as Project Manager in IRID.

Candidates will be sifted on personal and behavioural statements.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Delivering at Pace). Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and interview location to be confirmed.

The interview will consist of behaviour questions.

Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.

Other Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to the BEIS will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.