Our client, a highly respected Higher Education establishment based in Glasgow, require a Research Project manager on a temporary basis. The salary for the position is £18.92 per hour. Hours of work are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Main purpose of role:
To provide high quality project management support to academic research staff for a number of EU and other internationally funded projects. Develop and maintain specific project requirements to ensure fulfilment of all project deliverables and robust management of project budgets. Develop processes, systems and reports to support effective project management. Lead and motivate a small project management team, providing guidance, direction and delivery of a successful support service.
Key Skills and Requirements:
- Provide project management support to Principal Investigators including planning, monitoring, financial management, change management, reporting and co-ordination of academic and industrial partners.
- Provide specialist advice and guidance to Principal Investigators and key contacts at partner organisations to ensure successful project delivery within allocated budget.
- Manage project risks, identify and implement mitigating actions and solutions, and highlight issues to project leads and senior managers.
- Provide briefings for partner organisations on project requirements and processes, ensuring adherence to funders' terms and conditions and University policy, and attending and presenting at project start-up and other management meetings to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities.
- Support the Principal Investigator to manage partners by monitoring performance and ensuring any problems are highlighted at an early stage, managing the project budget across partners, arranging payment of pre-financing to partners, and ensuring regular review and reporting.
- Manage project milestones and deliverables across the consortia to ensure successful completion of the project.
- Manage effective liaison and communications across the partners on behalf of the Principal Investigator throughout the project lifecycle, including co-ordinating meetings and conferences.
- Proactively manage the University's budget to maximise recovery within the rules of the funder and advising the Principal Investigator on appropriate courses of action.
- Develop and implement a consistent and robust project management methodology.
- Proactively identify opportunities to improve administrative systems, processes and procedures in order to improve the management of project delivery.
- Provide management information, forecasting and analysis to support college and university requirements.
- Supervise the members of the EU Project Management function, including workload management, service levels, operating procedures, forward planning and financial management of the budget available for the project management service.
- Support the project start-up, change management, financial reporting and claims, and project close down processes for projects within the project management portfolio.
- Ensure processes and procedures are in place to fulfil all audit requirements, liaising with Principle Investigators and administrators to ensure that all required records are maintained.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent SCQF level
- In depth knowledge of project management techniques and methodology
- Good knowledge of financial management, processes and systems
- Knowledge of EU funding schemes, their rules and their processes and of higher education research processes and environment is desirable
- Recognised Project Management qualification, eg PRINCE2
- Excellent project management skills
- Excellent time management skills with an ability to prioritise competing demands and multiple projects
- Resilient and durable, able to maintain momentum in the face of obstacles and setbacks.
- Excellent influencing and organisational skills
- Highly developed communication skills and interpersonal skills.
- A strong understanding of risk management
- Strong IT and analytical skills
- Financial accounting, management and planning skills
- Able to provide advice and guidance in relation to funder requirements.
- Able to work independently and as part of a team flexibly and to adapt to changing environments
- Able to demonstrate relevant experience of planning and progressing work activities within established guidelines
- Experience of managing a portfolio of projects and building relationships with funding bodies/customers.
- Experience of managing research projects and leading a team is desirable
- Fluency in another European language would be advantageous