Project Officers

Location: York

Salary: £28,000 to £31,000

Basis: Permanent, Full-time (37 hours per week)

    We have some great opportunities for exceptional individuals to join us as Project Officers across several programmes and be part of a world leading organisation supporting STEM education across the UK.

    The Project Officer will work as part of the National STEM Learning Centre & Network to provide effective project support to the management of resources and activities of work, to ensure:

    1. the effective management of programme and associated contracts – this includes selection, management, quality assurance and driving best value and excellent service delivery of subcontractors
    2. best practice in project management and delivery
    3. effective business support services – this includes compliance, monitoring, performance, quality and internal and external reporting.

    This is a crucial service, ensuring STEM Learning is able to continue to build its reputation for success based on:

    1. meeting funders’ expectations in terms of the quality of the educational support services it delivers
    2. proven impact of interventions
    3. value for money
    4. good governance
    5. trust
    6. a continuous cycle of improvement.

    The Project Officer will work with teams across and beyond the organisation to provide best practice project and contract management support. The Project Officer will also contribute to cross-cutting activities which ensure that best practice contract and project management is seamless across STEM Learning.

    The Role

    Specifically the Project Officer will be responsible for:

    • Providing high quality project officer support across an agreed portfolio of STEM Learning’s projects and activities, working with appropriate colleagues to ensure that activities achieve appropriate targets – particularly in terms of impact, quality, Value for Money and agreed timelines. Be responsive and proactive in identifying risks and opportunities, working with colleagues to agree appropriate actions.
    • Building on, developing, reviewing and maintaining appropriate project documentation including risk registers, change control records, expenditure/budget records
    • Working with education and communications staff to identify and, where appropriate, implement mitigating actions or to escalate issues
    • Implementing effective monitoring to measure progress towards agreed targets and milestones and agreeing, and implementing appropriate remedial actions as required
    • Managing relationships with staff across STEM Learning, sub-contractors and partners to maintain effective communications to keep all parties informed and to facilitate the sharing of best practice across projects and activities.
    • Ensuring that sub-contracting and partnership arrangements for the programme are appropriate and managed effectively, using best practice procurement and contract management processes to manage sub-contractors.
    • Ensuring collection of, and enabling access to, accurate and timely data on which to base reporting, internally and externally. Analysing and interpreting this data.
    • Working with education teams to ensure accurate and timely reporting of performance against agreed targets, including preparing draft reports in line with the specification
    • Assisting in the development of proposals for new work
    • Time management and dealing with competing priorities and pressures – ability to manage own workload and also communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with colleagues to maximise outcomes.
    • Undertaking any other tasks as reasonably required.

    Key Challenges Faced in the Role

    • Need to work effectively and collaboratively with external stakeholders and partners including regular communication with remote colleagues.
    • Balancing priorities and resources to achieve optimum results.
    • Managing expectations of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Time management and dealing with competing priorities and pressures – ability to manage own workload and also communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with colleagues to maximise outcomes.

    Our Ideal Candidate

    • A successful track record in managing contracts and projects in a relevant environment
    • Experience of monitoring budgets
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience of report writing
    • A proven ability to interact effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
    • An ability to work to tight deadlines and on own initiative
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills
    • An appreciation and understanding of STEM education and a commitment to the vision and mission of STEM Learning

    About Us

    The National STEM Learning Centre & Network is a key UK resource for supporting STEM teaching and learning through provision of resources, on-line and physical networking and communities and partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals. This includes driving forward on-going development of the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes alongside subject-specific support for all involved in teaching STEM subjects to young people.

    This role play a crucial role in ensuring that the Centre and Network are able to continue to provide world-leading support to STEM educators and exceed the expectations of funders and other stakeholders. This role is instrumental in ensuring that all colleagues – internal and external - are aware of and benefit from high quality programme and project management tools which provide efficiencies and quality assured support.

    Our Benefits

    • 30 days holidays plus bank holidays
    • Access to a fantastic pension scheme, where employer contributions are currently 21.4%,
    • Access to a salary sacrifice and staff benefits scheme including: cycle to work scheme; health cash back plans; free eye tests; discounted vouchers
    • A comprehensive employee assistance programme

    Next Steps

    To Apply

    Please submit:

    • Your up to date CV, including your full postal address, email and contact telephone number.
    • A covering letter (no more than the equivalent of 2 sides of A4) explaining your interest in the role and where you saw it advertised.
    • Contact details of two referees, including your current/most recent employer (please note, references will not be approached without your permission).

    There is no closing date for this appointment; applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are recommended.