Project ManagerLocation: SouthamptonDivision: Corporate and Business Support (CBS)Group: Science & Project SupportSalary: £40,444Ref No: 11491

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre

Customer Service, Operations
Southampton, UK
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

Project Manager

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)


Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

To achieve its goal of being the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution, NOC seeks to realise the benefits of a coordinated and flexible, professional approach to financial and Project Management (PM) across the business. The role of the Project Management Group is to provide a professional service that combines responsibility for the management of strategically important projects with customer-focused business partnering to support PM practitioners across the business.

The main purpose of this role is to support accountable project owners with the delivery of strategically important projects by providing them with access to professional PM expertise. This may include fixed- and moving-goal projects across the NOC’s diverse marine science, research infrastructure and corporate infrastructure portfolio.

Members of the PM Group are also expected to contribute to NOC’s community of professional practice by maintaining an awareness of current best practice and trends in PM and sharing their knowledge and learning with other PM practitioners. This role will have a specific focus on supporting staff with the tools and skills required to support moving-goal projects, including the application of Agile methodologies.

About you

We are seeking a project professional who has experience of applying both waterfall and Agile PM methodologies to achieve successful project outcomes. You will be a confident communicator who is able to work collaboratively with engineers, scientists, corporate staff and senior stakeholders to enable project delivery. You will also need to be an effective team player who can work with fellow project managers to provide a customer-focused business partnering service for project management. You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development and the application of best practice PM.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We promote an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation.


This position will be based in Southampton. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

The NOC has a hybrid working approach where for most positions staff can work from home up to 2 days per week. If you are interested in this position, but require a more flexible working arrangement, please contact the recruitment team using the contact details below.

We can support visa applications where required. For overseas applicants who are willing to move to the UK we may be able to offer financial support with relocation.

How to apply:

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and person specification.

Date advert posted: 01/09/2023

Closing date: 29/09/2023. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.

Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Job Description and Person Specification’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the most suitable candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.