Client Side Property Project Manager

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Job Description

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes – which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

Over 300 scientists based at the Museum tackle important global challenges, spanning mineral scarcity, food security and biodiversity loss. The Museum is globally renowned for excellence in science and research and championing digital capacity and innovation.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

We have been awarded a substantial government investment of £182m, over 6 years, to create a new science and digitisation centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Centre in south Oxfordshire. This is a once in a century opportunity to shape the future of the Museum, protect and share our unique collection and further our science.

This role will work to deliver project and work packages to support the development of the new site at Harwell.

We are currently working with an architect to develop RIBA Stage 1, which is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020. This will be followed by the procurement of a Design Team and RIBA stage 2 is anticipated to commence in spring 2021. We anticipate starting construction on-site in Q1 2024.

About you

This is an ideal opportunity for a newly qualified chartered surveyor or those working to complete their APC and/or in the process of becoming chartered.

You will have proven experience of planning and delivering property and construction projects to agreed time and quality, dealing with all aspects of delivering a project, including procurement and contract management, in a multidisciplinary environment. This will be teamed with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate at all levels.

Fixed Term Contract: 7 years
Closing date: 9am on Monday 17 August 2020
Interviews will be held: 3 & 4 September 2020

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.