Research Project Manager, 4-5 days per week and open to flexible working

£35,000-40,000 pro rata
18 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019
Contract Type

An opportunity has arisen to work with the senior management of Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. Based in the heart of Westminster, NIESR sits at the centre of an exceptional network of government, corporate and third sector policy makers, specialising in high quality academic research which addresses real life issues.  Proud of our rigour and independence, we have no party political affiliation, and are a registered UK charity.

The successful candidate will provide support across our portfolio of research projects, from helping with the identification of funding opportunities and submission of bids, through to checking contractual terms and ensuring that NIESR meets its obligations to funding bodies. The post will report to the Head of Finance and work closely with our researchers and communications team, representing NIESR to a range of external partners and funders. 

Key accountabilities

  • Support research staff in the collation of high level funding proposals and tenders
  • Manage the administration of a portfolio of current projects, monitoring budgeting, costing and invoicing processes and controls for applications and awards and advising senior management of potential issues in a timely manner
  • Managing all aspects of ISO compliance for projects including contract administration and tools to support compliance
  • Manage the collection of information regarding staff contribution to projects, including timesheets, and quickly identify any potential divergence to contract terms
  • Work with the Head of Finance and senior management to develop, existing systems and process and design and implement key controls and reporting for each stage of the process.

Reflecting the small and interactive nature of the organisation, our administrative team are sometimes required to undertake a wide range of tasks on a flexible basis, providing an excellent opportunity to experience all aspects of the business. 


Knowledge, skills and experience required


Demonstrable experience of process improvement including development, implementation and reporting on key controls. 

Strong administrative track record in project or programme management.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of Microsoft office suite, excel, word etc.


Experience of Access and Sharepoint online

Knowledge or experience of biding, costing or funding processes

Knowledge or experience of research agreements and contractual terms, possibly but not necessarily in the academic research sector

Experience of implementing or designing ISO systems, particularly in small or medium sized organisations


The post is a permanent position with a starting salary between £35,000-40,000 pro rata, depending on experience, NIESR also offers 30 days annual leave and contributes to a private pension scheme. We are a small and friendly organisation and, for the right candidate, are open to conversations about flexible working options including part-time, flexible hours and working from home. 

Applicants should provide a full CV and a  short covering letter, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, via the application method below. The covering letter should specify any current salary, the approximate date you would be available to start work, and whether you require a visa to work in the UKLetters should also contain the names and contact details of two referees, who will not be approached without prior agreement.  

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday October 7th.

Interviews will be held in the week beginning October 14th, with flexibility for candidates who notify us at the time of application that they will be unavailable during that period.

Please note that due to the number of applications we will contact shortlisted candidates only.  We are, however, very grateful for the time and interest of all who apply.

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