Project Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745
12 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 01 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1936722VB

National Institute for Health and Care Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine

Are you a Project Manager with a positive, proactive, and flexible approach who wants to make a difference to health and social care research?  Do you possess the qualities and ability to bring diverse groups together to deliver results?  Are you able to think and plan clearly, seek out the best way forward and motivate others to work as a team?

About Us

The School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation (HEI)) is based within the Faculty of Medicine (University of Southampton) and is home to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC). 

We are focused on enabling high quality, practice-based research evidence, through research funding and management services, to support decision makers in health and social care. Our work and capabilities are broad: from patient & public involvement in research, priority setting, research funding, managing the delivery of research, publishing and disseminating research findings. 

NETSCC is responsible for managing around £200m of new research funding each year, with an active portfolio of around £1bn. Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, NETSCC manages six national and international research funding programmes on behalf of the NIHR and a substantial portfolio of NIHR’s Global Health Research commitment in support of the UK Aid Strategy. The NETSCC contract is the largest enterprise contract held by the University of Southampton.  

Equality, Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the school a vibrant, proud and successful organisation. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one percent of world universities and has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. 

We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the school and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.   Our flexible working practices, including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people. 

About the Role

This is an exciting time to be joining an organisation making a real difference to peoples’ lives through our national and international research.  The Innovation and Change Team is a new development, building on existing expertise and activities.  This team brings focus, insight, and resource to develop, support, and deliver a growing number of projects, and you will also be part of a national network of project managers within the NIHR.  This post will work on a portfolio of projects including ones focused on information governance and internal communications, and the establishment of new research funding and support initiatives.

The successful candidate will have previous experience managing projects using a variety of project management methodologies and approaches and will have the intuition to know the right approach for each project, flexibility to adapt as required and a proven ability to engage, collaborate and negotiate.   They will have a strong attention to detail and good communication skills, be well organised with the ability to multi-task and to work well as part of a team and in a matrix setting. 

What you will do:

  • Develop and implement robust project governance, planning and management arrangements and frameworks.
  • Manage and coordinate the development, planning, and implementation of a range of projects and initiatives, using your experience and expertise in different project management methodologies.
  • Manage project resources, finances, procurements, and benefits to deliver successfully, within agreed timescales. 
  • Work in a collaborative manner and maintain an excellent standard of communication and engagement with all stakeholders so they invested and aware of progress and key milestones.
  • Produce reports, briefings, and presentations to a range of stakeholders and audiences as required.
  • Seek to inspire and share knowledge and experience with colleagues.

 What you will bring to the role:

  • Previous experience in a Project Management role.
  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management.
  • Knowledge of project management approaches, techniques, and tools.
  • Skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to build, maintain and develop flexible working relationships.
  • Influential stakeholder management and negotiation skills.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

You may also have:

  • PRINCE2 foundation or similar.
  • Experience of other project methodologies e.g., Agile.
  • Demonstrable Project Management experience in a large organisation.
  • Previous experience in matrix management and delivery environments.
  • Understanding of health and social care delivery and/or research.
  • Previous experience developing a team.
  • Working knowledge of Google Workspace.

What is in it for you:

A package of benefits, including: 

  • Excellent career development and training opportunities
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 30 days (plus 8 Bank Holidays and 6 University closure days)
  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Excellent Family Friendly policies
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Salary Sacrifice benefits inc.: AXA Private Healthcare, BUPA Dental Plan, Cycle scheme
  • Discounted access to University Sport and Wellbeing facilities

Our location at the Science Park offers a pleasant, spacious and green working environment, with on-site childcare facilities, coffee shop, and good transport access (including a regular commuter bus link) and onsite parking.

The HEI is committed to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly be our best if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and consideration will be given to requests for flexible working. The University of Southampton and the HEI are working towards flexible working being the norm, not the exception, and we’re moving towards more hybrid ways of working that includes time in the office, working from home, and attending meetings and events in locations across the UK. 

If you have the relevant expertise and experience, enthusiasm, and vision, then we would like to hear from you. Email Liz Tremain (Head of Innovation and Change) via to arrange an informal discussion.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lauren Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1936722VB  on all correspondence.

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