Business Analyst / Project Manager

Competitive Salary
27 Jul 2017
24 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Business Analyst / Project ManagerLocation:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:4 (monthly salary starting at GBP2,326 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:13th August 2017
Reference Number:EBI_00992
Job Description

EMBL-EBI is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation.

The Strategic Project Management Office oversees capital programmes, operational/change projects and large scale procurement for the Institute. The Office also works closely with the Scientific Services Office and the External Relations Team to support EMBL-EBI leadership by measuring and reporting key indicators to measure the scientific and economic impact of the Institute.

Main duties and responsibilities

Areas of focus include: -

  • Supporting EMBL-EBI leadership in operational decisions by identifying, developing and maintaining key indicators of performance and impact of the organisation.
  • Delivery of strategic projects, rising from EMBL-EBI growth and changing working practices. This entitles working with a diverse set of teams across the Institute.
  • Continued development of standardised impact assessment methods and facilitating that appropriate roll out to EMBL-EBI service teams, for swift and consistent impact measurement throughout EMBL-EBI.
  • Assist the Head of Administration to model, document and implement new or modified business processes and organisational structures.
  • Providing analysis for onward funding cases and capital programme reviews.
  • Adapting project management tools, work flow and documentation for EMBL-EBI's business needs.
  • Oversee EMBL-EBI's Project Management Network to facilitate the sharing of project management methods, tools, and templates.
  • Maintain/develop the central repository for 'best practice' project and business information. (Example PM documentation, posters, impact examples, dashboards etc)
  • Supervise consultants/interns as required.
  • Prepare and present oral and written presentations for both internal and external audiences.
  • Travel domestically and internationally as necessary to represent EMBL-EBI at relevant meetings and conferences

The post will be based at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge; however, it is a requirement of employment that the post holder be prepared to travel.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of 'big data' in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have professional experience in either business analysis or project management.

Excellent organisational, interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills are required. We are looking for someone who is capable of quickly grasping complex concepts and communicating them effectively to different target audiences, ranging from administrative colleagues to scientists to policy-makers.

You will be flexible, enthusiastic and able to work as part of a team as well as independently. The ability to work to deadlines and handle a number of tasks simultaneously is fundamental. A life science background is a bonus but not essential.

Other desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of business analysis processes
  • In depth knowledge of MSExcel. (e.g pivot tables, visual basic, dashboard creation etc)
  • Broad demonstrable experience of project delivery
  • An ability to deal positively with change and adapt to new situations
  • Ability to constructively challenge ways of working and get 'buy-in' to change
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Capable of working under own initiative


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise - something you probably won't find anywhere else.

If you've ever visited the campus you'll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, caf??s and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

EMBL-EBI are committed to providing a healthy work-life balance and recognises that flexible working arrangements can benefit the organisation and staff alike. The role is being advertised as a full time appointment but there is scope to discuss, with the successful candidate, a four rather than five day week if this is desired.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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