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|SKA Observatory: Project Manager SKA-Low Infrastructure||Closing date: 2021-09-08
Contact: Human Resources
|An amazing opportunity for an experienced project manager to support the delivery of a ground-breaking scientific facility in Australia.|
|At the SKAO we are coordinating a global effort to deliver one of the largest science facilities on the planet. The SKAO telescopes will be next-generation instruments that will help to answer key questions in astrophysics, drive technological innovation and support human capital development.
More than a dozen partner countries and over a thousand scientists and engineers around the world are already on board, making the SKA project an international collaboration like no other, and one of the most ambitious science and engineering endeavours of the 21st century.
Headquartered in the UK, with telescope sites in Australia and South Africa, the SKAO will be one observatory operating two telescopes, an endeavour spanning three continents. Multinational by design, in early 2021 the SKAO became an intergovernmental organisation, one of only a select handful of science infrastructures to do so worldwide.
Construction activities for the SKAO's telescopes in Australia and South Africa are expected to begin later in 2021, along with a ramping up of SKAO staff in both countries. It is expected that the transition from the Construction Phase to the Operations Phase will happen around 2028.
SKAO Operations in South Africa will be conducted in partnership with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). SKAO Operations in Australia will be conducted in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The Observatory will also partner closely with a global network of SKA Regional Centres through which astronomers will access science data products and a suite of tools and resources to further analyse the SKA telescopes' data.
For more information on the SKA project visit http://www.skatelescope.org/
The SKA Observatory offers a competitive salary and a generous pension and benefits package. As an employee of an intergovernmental organisation, an appointee who is not a national of the country in which the role is based may be subject to personal Privileges and Immunities.
The Project Manager SKA-Low Infrastructure will be part of the SKA Observatory team in Australia and will contribute to the delivery of the infrastructure for the LOW Telescope. Specifically, the Project Manager SKA-Low Infrastructure will directly manage the professional team appointed under a NEC Professional Services Contract (PSC) to deliver multiple LOW Infrastructure NEC4 contracts. These contracts will deliver a temporary construction camp area, permanent roads, prepared ground for 512 antenna stations, power distribution and fibre networks, new buildings, telescope site monitoring equipment and new communications assets, as well as some of the LOW station contracts.
The Project Manager SKA-Low Infrastructure will be part of the SKA Infrastructure team and will be based in Perth, Australia, along with part of the Australian SKAO staff and the PSC team. The Project Manager SKA-Low Infrastructure will also be a member of the SKAO Project Management Group and will report to the Senior Project Manager SKA-Low in the UK.
Within the SKA Observatory, the successful candidate will work closely with other project managers, engineers, scientists and operations planners, as part of a matrixed team.
In line with our Flexible Working Policy, flexibility around working hours may be accommodated in agreement with the Line Manager where operationally viable, ensuring telescope delivery is not impacted.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
- Maintaining the primary managerial link between the SKA Observatory and the PSC team, and therefore the contractors.
- Assisting, together with the PSC team, in the assessment of bids and contracts negotiation in the procurement phase for LOW infrastructure and station contracts.
- Managing these contracts through to successful completion via the PSC.
- Managing costs, schedule, issues and risks;
- Monitoring and reporting on progress;
- Managing the configuration and review of the work package and contract documentation;
- Managing communications with the contractors through the PSC and with other stakeholders;
- Managing LOW Infrastructure and station activities within the matrix organisation at SKAO;
- Delivering, via the PSC, the LOW Infrastructure and station NEC4 contracts and successfully handing over to SKAO Operations;
- Ensuring project controls implemented for LOW Infrastructure and station such that these work packages/contracts are delivered to the expected cost, time and quality and that stakeholders are appropriately engaged;
- Travel to the LOW telescope site and elsewhere, nationally and internationally, as required;
- Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the post holder?s line manager or a member of the SKAO Executive Leadership Team.
To find out more about this role, including how to apply, please visit our website here: https://recruitment.skatelescope.org/vacancy/project-manager-skalow-infrastructure-452838.html
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