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Project Manager for Marine Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment - 2022 37 (Peterborough/Aberdeen)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location   Scotland (East)
Town/City   Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 9QA
Salary   £35,950
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   19/06/2022
Company Name   Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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An exciting opportunity for a professional project manager to work on the Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme, an ambitious and pioneering programme of work for Defra, that looks to accelerate nature recovery, growth and delivery of nature’s benefits by transforming marine monitoring, evidence and decision making.

You will work with a range of experts, such as analysts, ecologists, mappers and environmental economists, to successfully deliver JNCC’s mNCEA projects on time and to budget across their lifecycle, from inception to close. You will manage existing and new plans, risks, issues and controls, keeping the team’s focus on benefits and outcomes as well as milestones, track and manage progress and budgets, provide regular reporting and communication, internally and to partners and customers, and help to plan the ongoing work of the programme.

Job Description:

The Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme is an ambitious and pioneering programme of work, across Defra and its arm’s-length bodies, including JNCC, that looks to lead the way in integrating natural capital approaches into decision making for the marine environment. Following a successful pilot year in 2021-22, it is now gearing up for its next three years’ work.
The programme supports Government ambitions to incorporate nature into national accounts and decision-making processes.
Vision: A thriving marine environment where nature is at the heart of decision-making.
Mission: To accelerate nature recovery, growth and delivery of nature’s benefits by transforming marine evidence and decision making.

Post Duties

The Project Manager is responsible for coordinating and supporting multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver JNCC’s mNCEA projects on time and to budget across their lifecycle, from inception to close. The post-holder will have responsibility for managing these projects through day-to-day team and customer engagement to ensure they deliver quality outcomes. They will be the key contact for managing plans, risks, issues and associated controls, while providing regular reporting and communication using tailored project management tools and established project management approaches (waterfall, agile or blended).

• Manage the end-to-end delivery of projects assuring the successful delivery across multiple disciplines

• Ensure flexible, scalable approaches are taken in the development of project delivery approaches, setting up proportionate governance, drafting project documentation for assurance, and managing the planning and delivery of outputs in accordance with best practice and JNCC and customer requirements.

• Seek to ensure that all change is benefits-led and strategically aligned, designing, and overseeing the delivery of outputs accordingly

• Build and manage relationships with project stakeholders across all layers within customer organisations

• Lead the planning of projects, ensuring effective collaboration with all colleagues and teams

• Track and manage project progress and budget, providing helpful and accurate reporting

• Gain a broad understanding of the policy issues and coordinate JNCC’s input to support decision-making on solutions and designs to enable business change and benefits delivery

• Ensure relevant stakeholders and team members are engaged throughout, processes and timelines are agreed upon and communicated to ensure successful project delivery

• Work collaboratively to ensure projects are appropriately controlled and managed end-to-end, ensuring delivery to quality, time, and cost

• Manage plans, risks, issues, and dependencies with effective escalation where necessary, ensuring proactive ownership to resolution

• Manage team dynamics, encouraging collaboration and shared ownership throughout the team. Deal with conflict and help establish a positive team culture


Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying. You will then be asked later in this application to provide a short statement against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Knowledge across a range of best practice project management frameworks and methodologies, including understanding of their suitability across a range of scenarios to optimise delivery
  • Flexibility in the deployment of tools and techniques to deliver proportionate and pragmatic outputs
  • Ability to maintain, influence and motivate a team with an understanding of all relevant capabilities required to ensure delivery success
  • Ability to foster a creative, open and collaborative environment to work in
  • Aptitude and skills using Excel and other project management tools
  • At least five years’ experience working in programme and project environments, ideally in government policy areas, environment science or research and innovation.
  • Experience of delivering successful public sector projects within complex and dynamic environments
  • Ideally a current project management certification
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the responsibilities and experience section of this advert to show how you’re suitable for the role. Make your statement no longer than 1250 words.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Recruitment Team
  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@jncc.gov.uk in the first instance.

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