Senior Project Manager

Team:  Marine Species
Ref No: 202304
Grade: S (SEO)
Type of appointment: 2 Year Fixed-term (with a possibility of extension)
Location:  Aberdeen
Salary: £36,669

This post will have a base in Aberdeen.

JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages.

Who are JNCC?

Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair. Support is provided to the Committee by approx. 270 people who bring together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.


We’re small enough (c.270 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides employees with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role.

JNCC is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.

Hours of work: Full-time

Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.

Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.

Annual Leave:

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.

Short Summary:

The main focus of the post will be to provide non-technical project management expertise within the Marine Species Team, supporting primarily the Marine Ornithology Group in offshore industry evidence and advice provision.

JNCC has a statutory advisory role to support nature recovery in offshore waters, especially in relation to pressures from industries such as offshore wind development and oil & gas. We coordinate across the UK statutory nature conservation bodies to ensure that guidance for sustainable development is based on robust evidence and that new evidence requirements are identified.

To complement this role, we also collaborate with a range of organisations, government, non-government and private sector, to co-design and deliver evidence required to support sustainable use of marine resources. The Marine Ornithology Group has an important focus on producing evidence to increase the certainty with which we can assess the possible impacts of offshore industry on marine birds and support the design of mitigation and compensatory measures. Example projects include the Offshore Wind Strategic Monitoring & Research Forum, red-throated diver energetics research, projects on the relationship between seabirds and prey availability, and monitoring of distribution and behaviour of seabirds at sea. The post holder will become an integral part of our delivery team, working closely with the specialist advisers on projects, liaising with collaborators and leading development of new projects. They will also work closely with our Finance Team and Communications Team. We are looking for someone with strong project management skills, financial acumen, good relationship development and excellent communications skills, and a desire to innovate.

While we are looking for someone with strength in project delivery and communication, knowledge of ecology and a passion for marine species conservation are desirable.

Job Description:

Post Duties

  • Provide the full range of project management needs for several multi-partner projects, including planning, risk management, procurement, and contract and financial management.
  • Engage with partners to ensure successful collaborations, and represent projects, the Team and JNCC at engagement events, including at conferences.
  • Work with specialists to develop new collaborations and projects, including development of bids for externally funded work.
  • As a member of the Team and project partnerships, proactively plan communication of our work, deliver high quality communications, and promote outcomes to a range of interested organisations.
  • Maintain an overview and audit of ongoing synthesis and research projects relevant to our Team’s remit, including within JNCC, the UK and Europe.
  • Inform our strategic approach to marine species evidence provision and engage with evidence priority assessments done by other organisations.


To be a successful candidate you will be/have:

  • Accredited qualifications or equivalent training and experience in project management, including finances.

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Led or played a responsible role in managing the delivery of large, complex projects, including contract establishment, management of finances and quality assurance procedures.
  • Worked in collaboration with scientific specialists to successfully develop new projects.
  • Developed large bids for funding from external bodies.
  • Led communication planning and delivery of outcomes of projects to varied audiences, including through website editing and social media.
  • Supported development of strategic approaches to evidence collection and project development, including through research and maintenance of shared information resources.
  • Knowledge of the marine environment and marine science, preferably including offshore industries.


  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the Lead Behaviour of Managing a Quality Service.

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade:

Nationality requirements 

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Closing date and interview date 

The closing date for this post is 23:00 on Monday, 10 April 2023
The anticipated interview date is Tuesday, 02 May 2023

How to apply:

Click here to view the vacancy on the Civil Service website.

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