Research Project Manager, Defence and Security Programme

Alan Turing Institute London United Kingdom Programme Management Unit Hybrid
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Named in honour of Alan Turing, the Institute is a place for inspiring, exciting work and we need passionate, sharp, and innovative people who want to use their skills to contribute to our mission to make great leaps in data science and AI research to change the world for the better.

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This role sits within the Institute’s Programme Management directorate, which is responsible for the management and delivery of the programmes of scientific research in support of the senior academic Programme Directors and Principal Investigators. The team oversees millions of pounds of data science and AI research, training and knowledge exchange programme initiatives, ensuring they are managed to business requirements, specification, time and budget.

There are a number of Programme and Research Project Managers within the team, usually focussed on one research Programme or programme of activity, but who may provide programme and project management capabilities and support to other projects or activities from time to time as required. Programme managers and Research project managers are not permanently attached to programmes and may be moved to other research programmes in-line with business needs, and may have the opportunity to support other programmes, both ad-hoc or more formally. The postholder will be recruited initially into the role of Research Project Manager within the Defence and Security programme.


The Research Project Manager will coordinate and oversee a portion of the Defence and security programme’s portfolio of activity and research projects, support the Programme Manager to ensure projects meet business requirements and specifications, and are delivered on time and within budget. The role will include managing a portfolio of important and high-impact research projects, as well as overseeing, planning, organising and communicating the activities generated by those projects.

This role reports to the Senior Programme Manager, Defence and Security with the team consisting of four other Research Project Managers, and a Programme Coordinator, who also work across the project portfolio. The role will be aligned to a number of strategic D&S work streams.


Project Management and Delivery

  • Coordinate and oversee the delivery of research projects and workstreams. This will involve:
  • Working with the research teams to outline the objectives, deliverables and resource requirements for each project, to support them in applying for funding and resource if needed, to agree on clear milestones for each project/workstream, and to ensure that the deliverables are completed on schedule.
  • Working with the Turing’s finance team to draw up detailed project budgets and reports for each project, and to generate and manage POs and invoicing.
  • Ensure that relevant contractual and legal agreements and processes are in place and followed, including for data sharing and ethical considerations.
  • Provide regular updates to the Institute’s leadership on the progress of each project/workstream.
  • Working alongside the communications team to disseminate the outcomes or findings of each project/ workstream;
  • Coordinate and oversee the delivery of internal and external engagement activity including events, and knowledge exchange initiatives.
  • Maintain up-to-date records that enable effective monitoring, control and evaluation of the programme’s research projects;
  • Produce regular performance reports on projects for external partners and funders.
  • Arranging events and workshops that bring together academic researchers, government and industry.

Programme Operations and Resources Management

  • Perform resource planning and financial analysis for assigned projects.
  • Coordinate the delivery of strong project governance.
  • Working with the People team, organise the recruitment of additional programme researchers or administrative staff if required.
  • Providing day-to-day support to the Senior Programme Manager, Programme Director and programme research leadership.


  • Degree or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience
  • Relevant experience in project management
  • Strong project management and organisational skills: the ability to plan, execute, and keep on schedule numerous projects in an organised fashion
  • Experience in developing and managing project budgets
  • Ability to form and maintain relationships with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Clear and effective communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to adapt style to suit a wide range of people and audiences at all levels
  • Formal training in one or more project management processes (Scrum, Lean, Agile, Prince II, etc.) as well as familiarity with project management tools and software (desirable)
  • Experience developing contractual agreements (desirable)
  • Interest in defence and security (desirable)

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This full-time post is offered on a fixed term basis for 3 years. The annual salary £40,950 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

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The Alan Turing Institute is based at the British Library, in the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter. We expect staff to come to our office at least 4 days per month. Some roles may require more days in the office; the hiring manager will be able to confirm this during the interview


The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We are committed to making sure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive. This includes making reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability or long-term condition. Please contact us at [email protected] to find out how we can assist you.