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Project Manager (Delivery)

Do you believe in the power of data and think this power should be used to improve the lives of the people living in Scotland? Yes? Research Data Scotland needs you!

Are you a confident and experienced project manager who demonstrates determination, integrity and curiosity? Do you thrive working in a fast-paced environment, exploring the art of the possible and wrestling with a bit of complexity? If this sounds like you, Research Data Scotland could be an exciting next step in your career.

Key details

Role: Project Manager (Delivery)
Salary range: £44,940 - £55,148 (C1)
Hours: 35 per week
Employment type: 2 year fixed term contract
Closing date: 5 February 2024

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About us

Research Data Scotland is a charity set up by the Scottish public sector and leading universities. We help researchers find and make use of data that can improve the lives of people in Scotland. Working in partnership, we do this by widening the range of data available, creating new data assets and providing a single point of contact for safe, secure and effective access to public data in a trustworthy manner.

Data is often locked away in lots of individual systems, across many different organisations, and isn’t in a format that makes access or integration easy. We can help researchers to unlock the potential of this data by giving them information and advice that speeds up and simplifies their work.

RDS aims to provide a step change in the service to researchers, whilst maintaining the high standards of information governance and data security already in place. We aim to work as openly as possible, maintaining standards in transparency and ethics. Our focus is on providing a streamlined service for researchers, as well as extending the range of data available through the service, particularly in the areas of Covid-19, NHS imaging, geospatial data, children and justice services.

Our partners include: Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, National Records of Scotland (NRS), and the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We work closely with the national and regional safe havens. And we are in contact with other organisations in Scotland and across the UK in the data research sector, including public sector, research and commercial bodies.

About the job

RDS has a key role in an exciting programme of work to transform the current system of data access for research in Scotland across partners. We are looking to recruit a Project Manager to sit in the data team. You will manage a project that has two aims, firstly to work with partners to increase and update the datasets in the national safe haven, and secondly to implement improvements to how this is done to increase scalability.

  • Lead a multifaceted programme: Oversee the programme of work to deliver high-quality data sets to the national safe haven while implementing transformative process improvements.
  • Craft clear, actionable plans that guide everyone involved.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our delivery partners.
  • Support seamless collaboration between multiple delivery partners and ensure that stakeholders have the right information at the right time to be confident in delivery.
  • Navigate a changing landscape. Adapt to shifting priorities, manage expectations with finesse, and find creative solutions under pressure.
  • Continuously monitor progress, identify areas for improvement, and implement new process and procedures where needed for effective delivery of the programme.

Applications for secondments from organisations that offer this type of developmental opportunity are welcome.

About ways of working

The role will require facilitation of multiple internal and external stakeholders to agree and adopt new ways of working together as part of the change project. In this context curiosity and adaptivity are helpful.

RDS is a new organisation and we’re establishing our ways of working to include our project management processes and managing collaboration. This is an organisation where you will work in a highly competent and knowledgeable team to forge new ways of getting important data to researchers securely and at scale. This role will suit someone who works well in environments where there is a degree of uncertainty, where priorities may change, and new processes need to be created.

About you

You are a self-starter, with high energy and will be keen to make an impact quickly. You are very organised and have proven project management experience; experience of public sector or academia would be helpful. You are passionate about how data driven innovation can transform services and improve wellbeing and have good knowledge of/experience in working with data and data platforms.

Life at RDS

We are a small friendly and highly engaged team of people. We promote continuous learning and work hard to build an inclusive and supportive workplace culture. We live our values of; integrity, transparency, courage, collaboration and humility.

Our people typically work a 35-hour week, with hybrid working on offer from day one. You can choose to work flexibly from home or use one of our desks in the Bayes Centre in central Edinburgh. The whole RDS team meets one day per month in-person in Edinburgh or at an off-site away day in the Central Belt. Individual teams organise their own in-person days to collaborate, develop and socialise together.

We offer 33 days’ annual leave (including public holidays) and have no set closure days. We have a generous pension and enhanced pay for parental/adoption leave. We have flexible benefits including discounts, employee assistance programme, cycle to work, payroll giving and dental insurance.  Our Culture Group helps us seek feedback from colleagues across the organisation to make RDS an even better place to work.

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Equal opportunities

Research Data Scotland is an Equal Opportunities employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All our hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications and business needs. We’d really appreciate you sending a completed equalities monitoring form with your application, so we can ensure we are meeting our commitments. 

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