Project Manager in Automation Systems and Digital Manufacturing University of Warwick, Automation Systems and Digital Manufacturing United Kingdom

Project Manager - Automation Systems and Digital Manufacturing 


Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
£39,992-£47,722 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Contract until 31st October 2019 

Are you an experienced Project Manager? Do you have excellent analytical and problem solving skills? 

WMG is looking to recruit Project Managers with technical insight, to provide effective project management for projects within our High Value Manufacturing Centre and for other WMG related R&D projects associated with the implementation of new digital manufacturing systems in an Industry 4.0 context. 

Are you interested in being involved in shaping the Smart Factory of the future and the UK’s role in the manufacture of innovative products? Working as part of our Automation Systems Group (ASG) which, via our HVM Catapult Centre, is striving to achieve a step-change in the way manufacturing systems are designed, implemented and operated in an integrated, digital world. 

You will have significant project management and budgetary control experience and be a confident and articulate communicator, as the role will provide opportunities to engage with a wide range of stakeholders as well as providing an engaging and dynamic working environment as part of our wider project team. 

The salary package on offer includes access to a generous pension scheme, 34 days annual leave plus statutory holidays and additional benefits. 

Job Description
Job Purpose 

To provide operational management, with technical insight, in support of a defined project(s) to ensure that agreed outcomes are achieved efficiently, within budget, and to appropriate timescales. This includes managing both internal and external stakeholders in the project(s), developing and implementing an effective communications strategy for the defined project(s) and also monitoring, reporting and monitoring project activities as required. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Project Manager for the defined project 

Lead the management of the project(s) to ensure that the project objectives are achieved, the project communicates its findings and operates within budget and resource constraints, including the provision of monitoring and reporting of activities to external bodies and to ensure the project’s overall successful delivery of the multi million pound, multidisciplinary research and knowledge transfer project. 

This will also entail: 

• Operational management of the project(s) on a day-to-day basis, including staff, budgets, resources and planning 
• Consulting and engaging with key internal and external stakeholders in the project(s) to ensure the project plan(s) stays on track. 
• Communicating to a wide range of stakeholders, including production of quarterly reports, establishment and management of the project(s) website and dealing with media coverage and publicity. 
• Coordinating IP protection, ensuring that appropriate non-disclosure agreements are in place with partners and industrial collaborators as required 
• Coordinating project work streams, ensuring effective information flow between work streams and partners. 
• Liaising with the Principal Investigator (P.I) and Finance department regarding financial management of the project(s), regular monitoring of the budget to facilitate planning and decision-making.

2. Project Manager for other projects led by the P.I. 

• Arranging conferences, seminars and other events related to research projects. 
• Liaising with post-doctoral staff and PhD students working on the research projects, including day-to-day supervision. 
• Liaising with current and potential industrial partners associated with research projects. 
• Supporting new proposals under development, including bids for research funding from government, EU and industrial sources. This may involve liaising with potential partners, compiling information and contributing to proposals. 
• Project Manager for other projects led by the P.I. 

3. Across all projects 

• Coordinating advertising and recruitment to any vacancies that arise (in liaison with HR as needed). 
• Ensuring that projects meet compliance requirements (e.g. timesheets completed by staff if required, any reporting deadlines met) 

4. Administrative support to the PI 

• Development and maintenance of websites, dealing with enquiries about the projects from the University and externally. 
• Management of diary and travel arrangements in liaison with support staff in who will make travel bookings as required. 

Person Specification


The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1
Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. (a)

Essential Criteria 2
Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner (or equivalent). (a)

Essential Criteria 3
Significant experience in a role involving project management responsibility. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 4
Experience of budget management. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 5
Experience working with a range of stakeholders. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 6
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with colleagues at all levels. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 7
Relevant skills or knowledge related to IT, automation and/or digital manufacturing systems. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 8
Strong operational management, organisational and time management skills. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 9
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to present complex data clearly and summarise key information in a digestible format. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 10
Ability to focus on priorities and to work flexibly as needs change, whilst providing efficient project management over a number of areas. (a,c,d)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars. 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy


As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

Right to work in the UK 

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system 
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2. 

Closing Date
3 May 2018

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