Project Manager

Contract Full-time University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 3, 2021
  • Salary: £30942 - £40322
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Project Manager – Global Challenge (Finance Office) – 96056 – Grade 7

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Position Details

Institute of Global Innovation

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade – 7

Full Time – Fixed Term Contract upto 1 year

Closing date – 3rd June 2021

This role is also open as an internal secondment opportunity which would need to be agreed by your current line manager.

Job summary

The University of Birmingham, through its Institute for Global Innovation, is leading in the development of a biennial Forum for Global Challenges (FfGC). The inaugural FfGC will be held around the time Birmingham hosts the Commonwealth Games, in May 2022.

The FfGC will address the world’s most pressing intractable and complex ‘global challenges’. It will do this through detailed preparation for the conference, consulting a range of stakeholders, including holding pre-FfGC2022 events in different parts of the world. At the 2022 event in Birmingham, the focus will be on understanding and reviewing potential solutions to these global challenges, identifying potential obstacles to uptake and how those can be overcome.

We are looking to appoint a Project Manager who will work closely with the Director of the Institute for Global Innovation and FfGC2022 Programme Lead. The Project Manager will co-ordinate the work of the FfGC governing bodies and an external events management company in managing the development, delivery and operation of FfGC2022. The Project Manager will work closely with staff of the Institute for Global Innovation, Institute of Advanced Studies, and UoB Professional Services staff in event management, external relations, business engagement, marketing, public affairs, and an external event management company, external stakeholders and others.

The successful candidate will have significant experience of managing and delivering projects and working with key stakeholders. They will successfully deliver the FfGC on time and to budget; and will play a key role in ensuring the success of this unique and complex event at the University of Birmingham.

Main duties

  • Co-ordinate the activities and responsibilities of the diverse group and stakeholders required to deliver this complex and unique event; FfGC Project Governance Group; events management company; FfGC venue at ICC; project partners, funders and sponsors.

  • Maintain overall project delivery documentation with detailed plans for activities, identifying milestones as appropriate, informed by meetings of the FfGC governance bodies.

  • Maintain the project risk register and dashboard, appropriately assess and escalate issues and risks.

  • Oversee updating of FfGC website.

  • Coordinate FfGC Workstream Groups, liaising with External Relations, Business Engagement, Development and Alumni Relations office (DARO), Campus Services, UoB Commonwealth Games Planning Group, and the Institute for Global Innovation, Finance and Research Support Services.

  • Working closely with the Events Management Company, monitor budget management and tracking.

  • Work closely with the Fundraising and Sponsorship Group and Events Management Company in fundraising for FfGC2022.

  • Report on project progress, including preparation of reports such as financial and regular progress reports, to the GCF2022 governance bodies.

  • Manage project resources efficiently and effectively, and ensure project documentation is maintained.

  • Provide executive support for the FfGC Governing Bodies – Project Board and Steering Committee, setting agendas, collating and distributing papers, taking and circulating minutes and ensuring follow up action is taken.

  • Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Qualified to degree level (or equivalent).

  • Demonstrable substantial experience of project management, preferably in a Higher Education setting with knowledge and experience of methodology such as APMP/Prince 2.

  • Experience of organising large, complex conferences or events.

  • Excellent IT skills, with working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office software, remote team working software and experience of using custom systems and databases.

  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills. Ability to summarise complex issues/concepts and present appropriately for a range of audiences.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish credibility with senior academic and professional services to form and maintain trusted relationships.

  • A natural team player who is able to bring multiple parties together and align them around a common goal through effective organisation, questioning, listening and persuasive communication. The ability to work under pressure with tolerance, patience and diplomacy will be required to work effectively with a diverse group of interests.

  • Resilient and tenacious with the ability to plan, manage and prioritise workload across a number of locations. The individual must be able to respond to changing priorities, and deliver innovative solutions to deadlines maintaining a consistently high standard of service.

  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

  • Demonstrable understanding of and buy-in to the values of team: integrity; service; innovation; ownership; respect; and teamwork.

  • It would be highly desirable if the candidate has experience of working in areas of international development or climate change.

Informal enquires to Sue Gillian, email:

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Work Locations The Institute for Global Innovation 54 Pritchatts Road University of Birmingham Birmingham B15 2TT
Job Specialist/Professional
Organization Finance Office
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 12.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,942.00
Maximum Salary 42,792.00
Advert Close Date 03.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 30.07.2022

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