At the ODI – Open Data Institute, we deliver work on projects that push research frontiers, influence the way governments and commercial organisations work, and do our bit to change the world. As Project Manager you will work with our amazing team and a wide network of partners, associates and contractors to deliver projects that matter.
Our research and open impact work sees the ODI deliver open innovation through grant funded projects under the EU Framework Programme for Reserach and Innovation Horizon 2020. This works ranges from Agriculture & Nutrition, collaborating with European Data Science Academy, and working in Tanzania and Rwanda with the World Bank.
Our kind of Project Manager
As a qualified PRINCE2 Project Manger you’ll have substantial experienced with managing large-scale, complex, multi-year projects and working in consortia with a range of academic and commercial partners. With a proven track record in reporting on grant-based research projects, for example to the EU, World Bank and DfID, you won’t be phased by leading the execution of our commitments on the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
You’ll be an expert user of spreadsheets and juggling people’s priorities in response to last-minute changes. A superb eye for detail, financial reporting will be second nature to you. You’ll love working with, and supporting, more junior project managers, including creating guides and processes that help everyone work better.
You will be comfortable reusing the work that you and others have already done, iterating and improving it so that next time everything runs even more smoothly. You’ll know how to get the best out of a mix of people: how to provide detailed instruction to those that need it and free rein (with a touch of quality control) to those that don’t. You’ll pride yourself on delivering projects within the resources that have been assigned to them and won’t be scared of saying no and reducing scope when that’s necessary.
What the Project Manager does
Responsible for defining and communicating project objectives that are clear, useful and attainable you will managing the people, resources and scope of 6+ project plans for large-scale projects.
- Produce 6 sets of executive-level and board reports on the projects you’re managing
- Deliver to agreed metrics for budget over/underspend and time on projects contributions to 12+ project bids
- Review and develop PM systems to define and implement efficient working methods across ODI
Deliver specific large-scale projects as the primary project manager:
- liaise with internal and external stakeholders to define requirements and priorities
- manage multiple projects simultaneously while keeping track of priorities and partner or customer demands
- create and implement delivery plans
- manage, track and report on project budgets and time allocation
- prepare and deliver retrospectives on projects delivered
- report on project progress to Executive and Board-level stakeholders
- liaise with other organisations and contractors to manage outsourced work, and manage their timescales and budgets
- help to create bids and proposals for new projects with consortia of academic and commercial partners.
Support project delivery across ODI:
- analyse resources available for project delivery, at proposal stage
- review and summarise all project contracts
- shape working arrangements with delivery teams across the ODI
- adopt a data-driven approach in budgeting and project management
- develop and improve project tracking systems and reporting
- share your knowledge and experience with the team
Fulfil requirements from funders and the finance team:
- ensure complete and accurate records are maintained at all times
- forecast project delivery finances and feed into finance department
- prepare month end reports for finance around revenue recognition
- prepare all reports for submission to external stakeholders e.g. Form C
To find out more about the ODI, its founders Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt and the rest of the ODI team visit www.theodi.org.
salary: circa £37,000 per annum
Fixed term contract until 31st December 2016 (with posibile extension to July 2017)
How to apply: Please send a cover letter (no more than one page) and a CV to by midnight (GMT) to email@example.com on Sunday 8th May 2016.
Please note - you must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non-EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered. For further information on eligibility to work in the UK please visit the UK Border Agency website at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.