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CREW Project Manager

Salary £31,995.00
Location Flexible Aberdeen/Dundee
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This is a Fixed Term, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda, tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils, and water security.

The Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) is one of four existing virtual Centres of Expertise funded by Scottish Government to deliver evidence-based research and expert knowledge to meet policy needs and benefit Scotland and beyond.  CREW is a partnership between the James Hutton Institute and 20 Scottish Universities and Research Institutes and is a central pillar of the Hydro Nation International Centre and Scotland’s wider Hydro Nation ambitions.

CREW acts as an effective interface between Scottish Government and its regulatory and industry delivery partners, and the researcher community; facilitating the management and delivery of a diverse range of science-policy outputs and outcomes in policy areas such as water quality and health, flooding and scarcity, catchment management and sustainable communities.

CREW seeks a Project Manager to undertake a range of project management and knowledge exchange activities. The postholder will work closely with stakeholders to frame their research needs, and with researchers to deliver outputs and recommendations to meet those needs.  The role will involve liaising with policy contacts, managing projects across water policy areas and ensuring effective knowledge exchange and impact.

The ideal candidate should have project management experience, the confidence and diplomacy to engage and communicate with a range of stakeholders and researchers, as well as a good understanding of how to translate scientific research into policy-relevant outputs. The potential candidate should evidence the ability to produce concise reports and policy outputs and/or scientific communications.

This is an exciting time to join the team as CREW begins a new 3 year programme of activities. Given the current COVID-19 situation it is envisaged that the postholder would have the option of (a mix of/either) home-based or office-based working with occasional meetings at the James Hutton Institute premises (Aberdeen and Dundee) and at other venues throughout Scotland driven by project need.  We offer a pleasant and supportive working environment in our offices at the James Hutton Institute’s Craigiebuckler (Aberdeen) site.

More information about CREW can be found at and

Potential applicants may contact Dr Rachel Helliwell (Tel: 07854 758876) to discuss this position.

Main Duties of Postholder

  1. Manage projects throughout their life cycle from early development through to dissemination.
  2. Identify, prioritise and co-construct project specifications with stakeholders.
  3. Ensure CREW projects meet agreed objectives and liaise with research teams and project steering groups to ensure delivery is met in full.
  4. Facilitate and support financial planning in collaboration with Centre and Institute colleagues.
  5. In collaboration with the CREW team, assist in the organisation and management of events to facilitate the science: policy interface, including social media activities.
  6. Liaise with scientists to ensure policy needs are understood.
  7. Provide guidance to research teams to ensure outputs are fit for the intended audiences and ensure timely delivery of appropriate, robust, and accessible research findings.
  8. Work closely within a small team on wider activities such as delivering CREW’s communications strategy and general engagement with Scotland’s water community.
  9. Providing general support to the CREW Manager and team members in developing and running the Centre.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate degree level experience or significant relevant experience in environmental or related issues
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience of working at the science:policy interface
  • Understanding links to the wider environment, and policy including water policy
  • Experience in meeting coordination
  • Good people skills and proven ability to liaise with scientists and policy makers
  • Ability to translate complex information into clear, succinct reports
  • Ability to work to very tight timescales and manage competing demands
  • Good organisational, planning and communication skills


  • Relevant post graduate experience, and/or professional accreditation
  • Experience of scientific research
  • Experience in event organisation
  • Experience in social media
  • PRINCE or other project management training
  • Experience of project financial management

Additional notes/Requirements

Interviews will likely take place in late May/early June 2022.

Benefits offered

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - A confidential service available to support employees and their families with work or personal problems. Providing access to professional counsellors, psychologists, and work-life consultants available to help and support individuals in tackling all types of problems.
  • Annual Leave – Generous entitlement up to 40.5 days a year, with carry over possible and guaranteed time-off for Christmas.
  • Pension - Employer Contribution of 15% in a Personal Pension Plan and employee contribution flexibility.
  • Self-managed hours and Flexible Working – option to manage and spread your working time in line with organisational needs to create a healthy work life balance.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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