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LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES (LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039) Project Manager

Posted: 5 Nov 2019 Closes: 25 Nov 2019
East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber £30,875
Fixed term & Full time defra/20191105173503

This position is based Nationally

This role is an exciting opportunity to be part of the EU LIFE funded Recreation ReMEDIES (LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039) project led by Natural England. Recreation ReMEDIES (Restoring and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts affecting the Seabed) seeks to improve the condition of subtidal and intertidal habitats such as seagrass and maerl in 5 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in southern England: Isles of Scilly, Fal & Helford, Plymouth Sound & Estuaries, Solent Maritime and Essex Estuaries. It will achieve this by working with a number of partners, including the Marine Conservation Society, Ocean Conservation Trust (National Marine Aquarium’s charitable arm), Plymouth City Council and the Royal Yachting Association, to deliver improved management of recreational impacts, better stakeholder awareness and demonstrate habitat restoration/management techniques including seagrass restoration and infrastructure improvements in key sites.

The project needs an experienced and motivated Project Manager with excellent leadership skills to drive forward and manage delivery. As well as overall management the Project Manager will lead on specific actions within the project (with support from project staff, other NE staff and partners) including changing stakeholder behaviour, installation of eco-moorings, managing access, monitoring, communications and networking. An understanding of marine recreation and marine biodiversity would be advantageous, but is not essential as technical input will be provided by NE specialist staff.

LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES projects objectives are:

1. Protect from, and reduce, recreational pressures to England’s most important and at risk seagrass beds, moving intertidal/subtidal mud and sand habitats across 5 SACs towards Favourable condition. This will be achieved by utilising best practice management techniques for reducing recreational pressure such as environmentally friendly moorings (eco-moorings), voluntary codes, targeted training, behavioural change, managing access and habitat restoration.

2. Demonstrate large scale successful restoration and management techniques across the project’s SACs and elsewhere.

3. Promote awareness and inspire better care of sensitive habitats such as seagrass by recreational users and use networks of relevant stakeholders and public at a local, national and trans-national level to maximise the longevity and sustainability of the project actions.

LIFE ReMEDIES:(LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039) is financially supported by LIFE, a financial instrument of the European Commission.

Job description

Key tasks/accountabilities

The Project Manager will spend 100% of their time on the project and ensure its successful delivery. The following key tasks and work areas will need to be undertaken under the direction of the Project Governance Group:

• Develop and monitor overall delivery of the project through work planning, including management of the work programme and working closely with the project staff.
• Provide functional management of the project delivery team which will include a Finance Officer and Assistant Project Manager (Communications).
• Coordinate and let contracts for goods and services.
• Convening and chairing Project Steering Group and Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings
• Acting as secretariat to the Project Governance Board.
• Undertake all administrative, financial and project management responsibilities in accordance with the LIFE Grant contract
• Ensure all progress (and final) reports, financial claims and audit trails are collated and maintained in compliance with LIFE requirements, supported by the Finance Officer.
• Obtain support from major stakeholders and investigate further opportunities to share learning from the project with wider audiences and other interested groups.
• Collating, writing drafts in consultation with partners and finalising technical, interim/progress and final reports.
• Lead on all evaluation and monitoring work.
• Oversee the preparation and finalisation of project audits.

Additional information

• A driving licence is desirable for the role but not essential.
• National travel will be required, which will involve some overnight stays and anti-social hours. Natural England encourages staff to travel by public transport wherever this is feasible.
• Your employment shall, unless terminated earlier by either you or the Employer giving no less than five weeks’ notice, continue for a fixed period until 31/10/23 upon which date it shall automatically terminate without the need for notice by either party to the other.
• On taking up this post, the post holder will be expected to follow certain time-recording and expenses claim rules and will be required to sign a letter allowing Natural England to use their payroll information and request copies of payslips for project claims and audits
• Location: Southern England preferred (project location is from Essex to Isles of Scilly)

LIFE ReMEDIES:(LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039) is financially supported by LIFE, a financial instrument of the European Commission.


Competence 1
Professional competency
Securing environmental improvements - Practitioner

• Understand how public access and local communities interact with people, places, nature and landscapes.
• Understand and apply appropriate management techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of sites.

Competence 2
Professional competency
Communicating effectively - Practitioner

• Understand how to effectively disseminate complex, and potentially emotive, information to and from, external and internal audiences.
• Listen well and take time to understand the other person’s point of view.
• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

Competence 3
Professional competency
Providing leadership - Practitioner

• Share your knowledge and expertise with colleagues and people in your networks (internal and external) to help develop their capability.
• Show innovation and creativity in finding solutions and encourage team members to do so in their day to day work within a framework of clear standards.

Competence 4
Professional competency
Building partnerships – Practitioner

• Collaborate, negotiate and influence in a well-informed way to achieve pragmatic outcomes.
• Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers.
• Understand the key drivers and agendas which motivate all partners and actors including local communities, who could be engaged to secure positive environmental outcomes for people and wildlife.

Competence 5
Professional competency
Work Delivery – Expert

• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.
• Review budget performance and maintain accurate forecasts so that financial submissions and commentaries are complete.
• Consider the value for money and return on investment of activity, and when to seek income from our products and services.
• Show strong financial awareness by understanding your team’s financial position, highlighting risks and opportunities and taking management action if a material variance is likely to occur.
• Identify, understand and follow the policies, procedures and standards relevant to your work.
• Have a high degree of self-awareness and use it to continually develop as a leader

Competence 6
Professional competency
Collecting, monitoring and analysing data and evidence - Practitioner

• Use systems and reports to ensure they give a true and fair reflection of your financial position and undertake remedial action when required.

Competence 7
Professional competency
Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications

• Excellent project management skills and the ability to inspire, motivate and work in co-operation with others are essential.
• Previous experience of developing and managing a successful, large project, ideally involving partners and funded through an external funding source such as EU LIFE.
• Excellent leadership skills and the ability to lead a small team;
• Evidence of strong organisational skills associated with establishing record keeping systems and project delivery tracking
• Understand and be able to successfully engage with stakeholders and partners from a wide variety of organisations.
• Knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following would be advantageous: stakeholder engagement, procurement and management of contracts, nature conservation
• Have accurate budget management skills and the ability to manage financial spreadsheets.


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• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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