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Main duties and responsibilities

The job holder will manage projects across the business to ensure the desired result is achieved and the key stakeholders are satisfied.

Main duties include:

  • Leading high performing, collaborative teams including both internal and external team members to deliver and adapt to situations to ensure correct project delivery
  • Working closely with lead scientists and business development team to clarify the scope of the project including an understanding of how the project will be funded.
  • Co-ordinating inputs into the project including legal /grant applications: ensuring that these are delivered to specification, time and budget considerations
  • Implementing a project management software solution to support MDC processes
  • Developing, agreeing and monitoring project plans
  • Working closely with all relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of project outputs to schedule and within budget.
  • Liaising with the Project Finance Manager to establish anticipated project spend & resources; track variances versus budget and ensure any significant variances are communicated effectively, with remedial plans put in place where possible.
  • Inputting, updating & maintaining project documentation and trackers to ensure reports are accurate and up to date.
  • Providing good communication on all project matters, highlighting risk and issues to Head of Project Delivery and other key stakeholders.
  • Identifying opportunities which support continuous improvement of project process, documentation and reporting based on hands-on experience.
  • Developing an understanding of transaction types (including contractual relationships and handling of intellectual property) undertaken by MDC.
  • Ensuring delivery of projects through detailed project planning, problem solving and collaborative coordinated teamwork to deliver on milestones to time, quality and budget

Qualifications and Experience


  • Experience in Project Management
  • Degree qualified
  • Experience of managing third party Suppliers/Vendors or Grant funded endeavour
  • Experience in managing allocated budgets for the team


  • Project Management Qualification
  • Experience in managing complex projects in an innovation environment with both technical and  commercial content or managing Data Science projects and project management software   implementation
  • Experience of working with public and private sector organisations

Key Profile Attributes

  • Prepared to take Personal Accountability for tasks and activities involved with
  • Has a Collaborative style – able to lead teams and work within teams
  • Displays high energy and enthusiasm to exceed expectations. Help push the sector to be a      commercial success
  • Has Commercial Acumen and an understanding of business issues
  • Lead by Example– diligent in promoting the importance of value added compliance to project team members Demonstrates empathy and positive influencing skills.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Professional Development. Keeps up to date with professional knowledge, expertise and best practice
  • An ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to prioritise the workload whilst maintaining attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Accurate with a strong focus on attention to detail
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with colleagues at all levels across different departments to deliver objectives
  • Proven ability to consistently deliver projects to time, cost and quality standards
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills aligned with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with peers, senior managers and project team members
  • Experience of working in a small organisation with a pragmatic attitude
  • A good team player