Project Manager (Agri-Food)

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract

Salary See description

Updated 1 day ago

Reference 1438030

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for Project Manager (Agri-Food) based in Belfast.


Project Manager (Agri-Food)

Ref: 19/107770

Institute for Global Food Security

School of Biological Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland and is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.  We have over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m.  We offer generous terms and conditions of employment underpinned by excellent benefits including attractive well-being, family friendly and other lifestyle benefits.

Our five core values – Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence – are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation.

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.  It is made up of three research disciplines, including Ecosystems Biology &Sustainability, Food Safety & Nutrition, and Microbes & Pathogen Biology.  Most staff within the School are also members of the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: the Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014).

The School aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.  The School prides itself on providing innovative teaching methods and a high-tech learning environment for our students and has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its work to support women in science.

We are recruiting for a Project Manager (Agri Food) will provide specialist project management expertise to ensure successful development of the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Alliance through specific shared projects. It is anticipated that the Project Manager will potentially manage several discrete projects at any one time and these projects will change over time. The current key projects are the development and implementation of at least three science groups, the development and implementation of an operational group and processes to support the development of the Alliance including communication and marketing. The successful will be based both in The Institute of Global Food Security (School of Biological Sciences) and AFBI but will work with colleagues from across both organisations collaboratively to deliver the projects. Some travel between operational sites will be required and there may be limited fact-finding travel in Europe.

The post is suited to a highly ambitious individual and is available for 2 years. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • A University Degree or equivalent
  • At least three years’ relevant experience in a Project or Programme Manager/Coordinator role to include: Planning and delivering projects on time and within budget. Stakeholder/partner management and programme reporting. Leading multi-disciplinary teams and managing people. Using formal project management techniques to deliver successful projects.
  • Evidence of managing budgets and resources and an understanding of financial management procedures
  • Evidence of committee management and/or progressing and delegating work through Committees/Working Groups
  • Evidence of positive negotiation and influencing skills
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office and/or other appropriate project manager software tools.

Further information about the Institute and School can be found online.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Mrs Joyce Watterson.

Salary scale: £41,526 to £51,034per annum

To Apply please click the APPLY NOW button below to be directed to our website.

Closing date: Wednesday 2 October 2019

Anticipated interview date:  Tuesday 29 October 2019

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.