Project Manager

Here at the world-famous and internationally respected Wellcome Sanger Institute, we have an exciting opportunity for a talented Project Manager to join us. You will be part of the newly formed Change Delivery Team for Scientific Operations within the Institute. This new team (circa 8 FTE) is focused on the successful delivery of major change projects.

Previous projects include COVID-19 Surveillance and the research facility closure, current projects include the implementation of high throughput, data production pipelines.

About the role:

As Project Manager, you will work on projects focusing on various aspects of significant operational change, with a high degree of risk for the organisation. Many of these projects are critical to the Sanger Institute’s success.

You will be responsible for:  

  • Planning, structuring, leading, and executing multiple projects of high risk and complexity, together with the delivery of multiple medium-sized projects to internal clients that meet identified operational needs.
  • Matrix managing a variety of staff assigned to projects, often from different areas of the organisation.
  • Establishing and growing the team to include the relevant skill sets, e.g. project/delivery management, business analysis, solutions design, change management, and process improvement.
  • Managing and supporting the team to successfully deliver, dealing with escalations, and removing blockers.
  • Working with senior managers and stakeholders across the institution to establish the new team and embed new ways of working.

The role requires a high level of competence for engaging people, understanding processes and core technology concepts.

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Athena Swan
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Working Families
Salary per annum
48,000 to 58,500
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Full Time
Contract Type
Closing Date
08 July 2022
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Essential Skills


  • Project Management training or qualification, e.g. MSP, Prince2

People Management:

  • Multi-functional team coordination
  • Confidently works with all levels and functions within multi-functional organisations.
  • Demonstrates good networking and relationship building and the ability to effectively manage stakeholders both internally and externally

Project Management:

  • Excellent track record in successful end-to-end project management in a process driven environment
  • Track record of managing multiple projects at the same time
  • Effective in RAID Management, Change Control and Critical Path Analysis
  • Able to demonstrate commercial and academic understanding and appreciation.
  • Significant breadth of experience at a project managerial level
  • Proven track record of leading and implementing significant project system change
  • Experience of working with commercial suppliers and external agencies

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a constantly changing environment with the ability to interpret management information to amend plans
  • The ability to quickly assimilate relevant scientific and technical details
  • Successfully manage significant change
  • Demonstrate success in delivering a number of complex projects through others on time, in budget and to agreed quality standards. 
  • Managing or matrix managing project resource
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts and analysis effectively to different organisations and audiences; accurately and concisely                                                                                                                                  
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide, receive and record both routine and highly complex communications, electronically, orally and written
  • Highly developed excellent communication skills with experience of dealing with people at all levels successfully.
  • High level of influencing and negotiating skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Personal Attributes:

Consistently demonstrates the following competencies:

  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the Programme and potentially a broad portfolio of projects                                                                    
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with team members and other staff         
  • Proven ability to be able to deliver customer specifications.  
  • Can demonstrate initiative, creativity, flexibility and a personal ethos of continuous improvement                                                                                                                       
  • Show an ability to gain an understand of other professionals ‘problem solving’ requirements  
  • Proven organisational skills with the ability to plan and schedule effectively.
  • Ability to focus, concentrate and accurately complete tasks within given timeframes while dealing with unscheduled interruptions e.g. changing priorities
  • Strategic thinking, ability to see the ‘bigger picture’         
  • Ability to work independently     

Ideal Skills

  • APM Accredited 
  • Certification in Agile delivery method 

Other information

Please include a covering letter, explaining how your experience and skills match the requirements of the role, and a CV with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the role may close when a successful appointment has been made.

We have adopted a flexible-hybrid working pattern to allow for remote and on-campus flexibility. There will be an expectation to be in the office between 60-80% of the time to underpin the collaborative nature of this role.