Assistant Project Manager

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Job reference number: 220001CG

The STFC Daresbury Laboratory has a wide and varied property portfolio, ranging from traditional office accommodation, to state of the art, world leading scientific research facilities. A vacancy exists for an enthusiastic team player to complement the existing Estates Services Project Management Team.

The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for the delivery of minor projects, under the direction and supervision of senior technical project managers. Duties will include design, procurement, implementation and supervision of minor projects such as alterations, adaptations and refurbishments to existing site infrastructure. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the successful delivery of larger construction projects.

The role:

Forming part of the Project Management team within estates services, the assistant project manager is a key technical and operational role, providing professional technical support to the project management team, the wider estates services staff, and other clients/suppliers at the Daresbury Laboratory.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Direct management of minor project works, as directed by the senior project management team, from project feasibility/initiation stages, throughout the project lifecycle to completion.

Duties Include:

  • Preparation of contract documentation including project brief, specifications and pre-construction information, and procurement.
  • Management of the construction phase of projects.
  • Production/management of allocated budgets, as appropriate to the role.
  • Day-to-day, on-site management and supervision of contractors and suppliers.
  • Management of construction health, safety and environment considerations: preparation or review of risk assessments/method statements, ensuring compliance with legislation, and conducting of construction safety audits.
  • Building/asset handover – including snagging, O&M validation, provision of certification and test certificates, PPM establishment.
  • Liaising with the estates helpdesk, project management office (PMO), maintenance team and wider client base to ensure successful delivery at each stage of the project lifestyle.
  • Undertake project administration for all estates-led project work including ‘permit-to-work’, production/review of RAMS, prepare planning applications, pre-construction information, etc.
  • Provide a direct interface between the project management team and the PMO.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant statutory legislation (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Construction Design Management Regulations 2015, etc.), as appropriate and commensurate with the role.
  • To develop and submit timely and accurate scheduled and ad-hoc estate management information and reports to the project management team;
  • To actively role model agreed positive attitude and behaviour to help embed and further develop a positive customer-centric culture within estates services.
  • To proactively seek to maximise the engagement and satisfaction of core customer groups including staff, tenants and partners through established and new communication mechanisms.
  • To actively contribute to the further development of a 21st century, professional estates services function at STFC.

About you:

You must have an ONC or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline – Building and Civil, /Mechanical /Electrical Engineering trade background, (or equivalent technical experience).

Recognised basic H&S Qualification e.g. IOSH, SMSTS


  • IOSH certificate and/or other safety related qualifications e.g. scaffolding inspection.
  • NEBOSH General or NEBOSH construction certificate
  • HNC in relevant technical discipline.
  • Recognised basic level qualification in project management (e.g. APM, PRINCE2).

Knowledge and Experience


Experience of working in an estates/construction environment, in a related technical discipline.

  • Experience of managing small construction/engineering projects.
  • Experience of managing contractors and suppliers in accordance with contracts and SLAs.
  • Knowledge and experience of H&S legislation relating to construction and/or estates management.
  • Production of clear written documentation e.g. specifications
  • Budget Management
  • Experience of Microsoft Office software


  • Familiarity with NEC4 contracts, and CEMAR contract management software
  • Time Served Apprenticeship in relevant trade discipline.
  • Track record in project management and delivery

Personal skills/qualities


  • Ability to interpret technical drawings and data
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Ability to think creatively and to seek and accept change and continuous improvement
  • Self-motivated and well organised
  • Good communication skills with internal staff at all levels and with external contractors

Special Requirements


  • Working at height within buildings and externally (ability to climb ladders and scaffolding)
  • Occasional out of hours working
  • Demonstrable ability to acquire knowledge in estates management. “On-the-job” training will be given, but there will be an expectation that the job holder will undertake personal study as appropriate to the role.

What we can offer you

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including:

  • 30 days’ holiday (in addition to bank holidays and privilege days).
  • Flexible working hours.
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme.
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity and Disability Confident Employer

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

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As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

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