We're hiring: Project Manager, ADR UK Strategic Hub

Categories: Jobs, ADR UK Strategic Hub

19 February 2021

  • Project Manager
  • Permanent 
  • £31,305
  • Full Time/ Part Time (Minimum 0.8 FTE)
  • Swindon
  • Deadline to apply: 3 March 2021

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) aims to engage government and academic communities in innovative and impactful research to address major societal challenges by releasing the potential of the UK’s wealth of administrative data. ADR UK has national partnerships with data processing organisations responsible for safeguarding data and managing access in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and works closely with ONS which is a key data infrastructure partner. The ADR UK Strategic Hub team sits within ESRC to provide coordination and strategic leadership across this multi-partnered investment.


The ADR UK Programme Management Office within the Strategic Hub provides programme, project and change management together with business analysis support, leading the design, implementation and embedding of change across ADR UK to deliver its vision and realise its strategic objectives.  

The Project Manager will lead and manage projects and project teams on a day-to-day basis, with a focus on the ADR England portfolio. ADR England is a new part of the ADR UK programme which formally starts on 1 April 2021. This will be a consortium of universities and Whitehall departments who, along with ONS, will deliver research projects that use English or UK-wide administrative data. They will be responsible for driving and overseeing the delivery of their projects to ensure that the objectives are clearly defined and achieved within the agreed time, cost and quality constraints. The Project Manager has a key role in project governance and working with stakeholders, to ensure the agreed project outputs are delivered to enable benefits to be realised.


  • Delivery – Lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints; the ability to identify, document, and analyse the various delivery options and select the optimal solution
  • Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Design the project structure appropriate to stage. Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies. Support the agreed assurance requirements during the project delivery lifecycle
  • Business Case – monitoring delivery against the approved business case, in order to justify the continuation of projects in terms of benefits, value for money and risk
  • Budget management – Track delivery within budget as necessary, and recommend how financial and other resources should be allocated between projects to best support the organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. May work independently or with a small team. The ability to recognise, anticipate and effectively deal with existing or potential conflicts at an individual, team or strategic level
  • Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues, and develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate
  • Change Management – Ensure Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders
  • Benefits Realisation – Ensure short- and longer-term benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned, as set out in the Benefits Realisation Strategy
  • Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision making
  • Project Performance & Controls – Build a Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones. Identify, analyse and act on lessons learnt
  • Occasional travel may be required to our London office (following government guidelines related to COVID-19)
  • Stakeholder engagement and partnership working
  • Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships to influence, change and impact decisions 
  • Able to work in an environment of uncertainty and continual change. Feel comfortable making decisions and setting direction without having the full picture and re-focus as details emerge. Apply knowledge and techniques to reduce ambiguity. 
  • Strategic and cultural delivery
  • Direction -- Create and present a compelling vision, set clear direction that motivates others to work towards a common goal
  • Cultural change – Able to plan, lead and effect positive cultural change, securing commitment and buy-in and promoting a positive long-term vision. Also able to recognise when broader culture change is necessary to deliver a project.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Experience in working in complex project environment, or qualification in a recognised Project Management methodology, e.g. PRINCE2, APM PMQ, Agile, etc
  • Excellent written communication skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office packages (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Able to evidence an understanding of Project Methodologies and lifecycles
  • Able to evidence how to manage, plan, monitor and coordinate projects or change activities
  • Experience communicating with multi-level stakeholders
  • Experience of working both as a member of a wider team, or as a specialist or workstream lead in a small team.

Interview Criteria

Essential behavioural/leadership competencies

  • The ability to build productive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and use these relationships to influence, change and impact decisions, whilst always acting in a morally, legally and socially appropriate manner and challenging unacceptable behaviour
  • Able to work in changing circumstances and adverse situations whilst remaining calm, reassuring others and maintaining performance
  • The ability to identify existing or potential conflicts at an individual, team or strategic level.

Essential technical competencies

  • The ability to gather actions and tasks required in agreement with stakeholders and create a plan/schedule of work taking into account scope, deliverables, time scales, resource requirements and budget and the accountable people
  • Understand the importance of managing, mitigating and delivering risk, issues, benefits and quality management within a controlled environment
  • Understand the importance of working with a range of stakeholders to build productive relationships and communicate the project vision, any changes and escalation where necessary
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the ADR UK programme aims and vision (see ADR UK website).

About ESRC

ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of economic, social, behavioural and human data science. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policy-makers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. 

How to Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for ESRC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

You can apply on the UKRI Careers Portal.

About UKRI

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

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Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • External Closing Date: 3 March 2021
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 31,305
  • Hours: Full-time / Part-time

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