Project Manager/ Senior Project Coordinator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Grade 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting from £2,738.29 or £3,063.41 after tax)
Closing Date: 18 June 2021
Reference Number: EX00018
ELIXIR is seeking an experienced Project Manager / Senior Project Coordinator to join the dynamic and international team at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton near Cambridge, UK.

The main purpose of this role will be to provide PM support to internal and externally funded COVID-19 activities (e.g ELIXIR-CONVERGE and forthcoming grants) including the preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. These activities are expected to last until 31/8/2024 in alignment with the anticipated duration of Horizon Europe emergency calls.

The project holder as a member of the ELIXIR Project Management Office is expected to support the PIs and Scientific Leads under the supervision of the Head of the ELIXIR Project Management Office.

The post holder will work closely with the ELIXIR PIs, Project Managers, Technical Coordinators, External Relations and the administrative team, as well as with colleagues at the 23 national ELIXIR Nodes and other project partners throughout Europe.

The post holder will actively contribute to further development of good project management practice and strong project management capabilities within the ELIXIR Hub and wider ELIXIR organisation.

Your role

The main duties and responsibilities, under ELIXIR Project Managers guidance and supervision, are as follows:
  • Contribute to ensuring that project deadlines, targets and objectives are successfully achieved by providing support, pro-active management and guidance to work-package leaders and partners;
  • Contribute to the day-to-day management of project risks and opportunities including project performance indicators and risk register;
  • Assist the planning and budget processes, assemble and analyse metrics and outcomes, ensure that all reporting requirements are met;
  • Assist in effectively managing changes in the large consortium;
  • Effectively and proactively communicate operational outcomes, risks, and ongoing processes to the ELIXIR Project Managers;
  • Represent ELIXIR, as appropriate, in interactions with internal and external stakeholders.

You have

  • A University degree, preferably in life sciences, computer science, engineering or another quantitative discipline or demonstrable experience on running EC funded grants
  • Extensive knowledge of managing all aspects of EC projects (technical delivery, use of resources, reporting, communications, risk, opportunities, issues)
  • Ability to evolve and adapt to the continuous improvement in processes methodologies and technologies being used by the ELIXIR Hub
  • Ability to lead, organise and independently manage delivery within a multidisciplinary, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in handling deadlines and a heavy workload by actively managing priorities
  • Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience working in a team to deliver exceptional results
  • A high level of literacy with excellent verbal and written English
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides)

You might also have

  • Experience in project management of EC (H2020) and IMI (IMI2) grants
  • Active certification in Project Management e.g. PMP, Prince, PM2

Why join us

Do something meaningful
ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.
Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.  Enjoy lots of benefits:
  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.
For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Employed by: ELIXIR Hub staff are employed by EMBL and are supported by their HR infrastructure and recieve all their employee benefits.
  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year contract.
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so, if you are currently based abroad. Read more about how we are recruiting during the pandemic
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 18th June 2021.