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mNCEA Programme Manager 202409

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location England (East Anglia) - UK
Salary Additional Information £38,320
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 17/03/2024
Company Name JNCC
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This is an exciting opportunity to work on the Defra-led Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme, that looks to accelerate nature recovery, growth, and delivery of nature’s benefits by transforming marine monitoring, evidence and decision making. 

You will work with a range of experts, such as analysts, ecologists, mappers, and environmental economists, to successfully deliver JNCC’s mNCEA projects on time and to budget. You will manage existing and new plans, tracking progress, budgets, and risks, whilst keeping the team’s focus on benefits and outcomes, as well as milestones. You will provide regular reporting and communication (internally and to our partners and customers) and help to plan the ongoing work of the programme. 

This is an opportunity for someone who has already built up project management experience to manage an ambitious and pioneering programme of work, alongside highly skilled and supportive colleagues across JNCC and our Partner organisations.

The three-year Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme looks to lead the way in integrating natural capital approaches into decision making for the marine environment. Following on from the first two years of the programme, (alongside a successful pilot year in 2021-22) we are now working towards completion of year three of the programme and exploring opportunities to continue the work and embed the approach into JNCC’s wider portfolio. 

The programme supports Government ambitions to incorporate nature into national accounts and decision-making processes. 

Vision: A thriving marine environment where nature is at the heart of decision-making. 

Mission: To accelerate nature recovery and the growth of nature’s benefits by transforming evidence and decision making.
This post is dedicated to ensuring the success of JNCC’s mNCEA projects, which are currently funded to March 2025.  JNCC is in the process of improving its project and programme management excellence; if our mNCEA portfolio does not continue, or changes, after then, we have other opportunities at the same grade, of similar levels of importance and interest, which we expect to be available.

Post Duties

The Project Manager is responsible for coordinating and supporting multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver JNCC’s mNCEA projects on time and to budget across their lifecycle, from inception to close. The post-holder will have responsibility for managing these projects through day-to-day team and customer engagement to ensure they deliver quality outcomes. They will be the key contact for managing plans, risks, issues and associated controls, while providing regular reporting and communication using tailored project management tools and approaches.

•    Manage end-to-end delivery, working closely with project managers to ensure successful delivery across multiple disciplines and teams.

•    Ensure flexible, scalable approaches are employed throughout project delivery, setting up proportionate governance, drafting project assurance documentation, and managing the planning and delivery of outputs in accordance with best practice, and JNCC and customer requirements.

•    Track and manage project progress and budget, providing helpful and accurate reporting.

•    Work collaboratively with team members, customers, and stakeholders, to ensure projects are appropriately controlled and managed, ensuring delivery to quality, time, and cost.

•    Manage plans, risks, issues, and dependencies with effective escalation where necessary, ensuring proactive ownership to resolution. 

•    Maintain the quality and momentum of projects, ensuring that all change is benefits-led and strategically aligned.

•    Build and manage relationships with project stakeholders across all layers within customer organisations.

•    Develop a broad understanding of relevant government policy, and coordinate JNCC’s input to support impactful decision-making.

•    Oversee project development, ensuring effective collaboration with all colleagues and teams.

•    Manage team dynamics, encouraging collaboration and shared ownership throughout the team. Deal with conflict and help establish a positive team culture.

Person specification

Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying. You will then be asked later in this application to provide a short statement against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Knowledge across a range of project management frameworks and methodologies (agile, waterfall, blended), and how to employ and/or combine them to optimise delivery. Ideally a current project management certification.
  • A flexible, adaptive, and problem-solving approach, able to see the “big strategic vision” as well as the “devil in the detail”.
  • Ability to build successful delivery teams, demonstrate an understanding of team dynamics, of how to maintain, influence and motivate a team and of how to foster a creative, open, and collaborative environment.
  • Aptitude for Excel and other project management tools.
  • A broad understanding of the relevant organisations and stakeholders involved in the management of the marine environment in the UK and of how evidence-based policy is developed and delivered.
  • Relevant experience delivering successful projects within complex and dynamic programme or project environments, ideally in government policy areas, environment science or research and innovation and covering a full project lifecycle.
  • Experience of budget management, ideally in excess of £500,000, procurement and contract management.
Alongside your salary of £38,320, Joint Nature Conservation Committee contributes £10,346 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
Hybrid Working (occasional travel) + 25 Days Leave + 12 Public & Privilege days + Civil Service Pension.

Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

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