Through the production of beams of neutrons and muons, ISIS enables scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. As the most productive research centre of its type in the world, ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.
Our staff are dedicated to efficiently facilitating the disparate research programmes of industry and academia through applications of traditional and innovative science and technology.
None of this could be achieved without significant investment in infrastructure, for which ISIS spends in excess of £12m annually, much of which is dispensed through discrete programmes and projects. The ISIS Project Management Office (PMO) interacts with Programme Managers (PgM) and Project Managers (PM) on a daily basis; supporting, challenging and promoting project management professionalism. By providing the ISIS senior managers with distilled and verified information, the PMO also affords PgM/PMs an independent communications channel.
The purpose of this post is to support the ISIS PMO manager raise the profile of project management generally in STFC (a Corporate Member of the APM) and ISIS in particular. In assisting with the effective delivery of ISIS programmes and projects the PMO provides PgM/PMs with professional, timely, accurate, comprehensive support. It is also serves as a focal point for ‘best practice’ advice on project management policies within STFC and ISIS; providing local training for new employees.
In addition to supporting PgM/PMs, the role is required to compile accurate, independent project monitoring which will underpin reporting to the ISIS senior managers thereby assisting with the efficient management of the department’s portfolio of work. It is also expected to promote inter-departmental dialogue and through critical evaluation of other PM protocols (whether internal or external) consider whether there are lessons which might be utilised to further the continuous improvement of project management in ISIS.
Traditionally the ISIS PMO also fulfils a strategic role by maintaining a register of programmes and projects corporately significant to STFC. The task involves the regular collection, evaluation and distilling of progress information from disparate programmes and projects across the organisation, in order to inform and influence departmental directors and ultimately executive directors of STFC. The post-holder would be heavily involved in this work.
An exciting challenge and opportunity for you will be to build on the improvements in Project Management over recent years, through critical evaluation of existing protocols and the introduction of new and effective ‘best practice’ initiatives.
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