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Associate Project Director

Salary: circa £65000 plus excellent benefits

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Project Director at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

The Capital Projects Office works with key stakeholders on campus to plan, design, manage and construct new buildings on site whilst also working to develop and improve existing campus facilities and buildings.

This is a varied, challenging and hands-on role which is required to facilitate and manage building and facilities projects associated with the Campus. You will also be a key member of other professional project teams created for Hinxton Hall Ltd (HHL), Genome Research Ltd (GRL), European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Conference Centre and other campus entity projects.

Reporting to the Head of Facilities & Projects, the Associate Project Director will be responsible for building and facilities projects of a multi trade nature, from initial conception through to completion and handover. This is an all-encompassing facilities project position and you will be responsible for guiding the project through surveying stage, resident consultation and securing internal approval, continue to refine and direct the scope of works, and lead on solving technical problems. You will also be responsible for ensuring the project is delivered on budget, and carefully monitor the contractor’s progress.

The role will liaise and co-operate with the Genome Campus Users, Building Managers and H&S, seek advice from the Capital Project Director on matters appertaining to Project Works and Statutory compliance as applicable.

You will have the ability to project manage within a wide range of facilities from residential bedroom blocks, nursery, data centre, research support buildings, wet labs to ACDP Levels 1, 2 and 3, offices, restaurants and Grade II* listed buildings ensuring full adherence to the necessary Regulatory and Statutory compliance process.

You will be able to interact and manage a diverse customer base within multiple institutes and spin out companies including professors and leaders of faculty as well as external stakeholders including architects, MEP consultants, QS, planners, local communities and regulatory bodies to name a few.

We are looking for an individual that is not phased by a campus that has constantly changed and doubled in size over the last 20 years; that will require the demolition and remodel of previously delivered facilities whilst maintaining the motivation to ensure high quality finish that also provide maintainability and efficient operability.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Minimum HND/HNC or equivalent with relevant experience.
  • Chartered Status registered with the Engineering Council or working towards.
  • Member of an Industry recognised engineering institute.
  • Autocad – proficient user 2D.
  • A full understanding of ACDP.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite inc’ Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.
  • Experienced user in MS Project or equivalent.
  • Some experience in project delivery from inception thro’ detail design drawing including services calculations, procurement, appointment, construction to practical completion and handover.
  • Proven track record of delivery of facilities and services to programme and approved budget with no unauthorised overspend.
  • Demonstrate previous experience of management of project teams in changing environments.
  • Abe to present ideas and design options and solutions with recommendations to key stakeholders in language that is understood by non-building services/construction engineers.
  • Effective communicator with and ability to develop and maintain relationships inside and outside area of expertise
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all
  • Is flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances 
  • Ability to work in cross functional delivery teams.


Ideal Skills

  • Ideally Degree Qualified Building Services Engineer
  • Experience of Pharma industry and/or Academic Research design of laboratories
  • Agresso Finance software or similar

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.  

Deadline: 30th July 2017.