[Closing soon] British Science Assoc, National Sci & Engineering Comp Proj Mgr, ??27-33k, clos 21 Nov 2011 at 9am!

Note that this doesn’t close on the afternoon of Monday 21st Nov but at 9am. 

“Who’s together by then? You can still taste the toothpaste.” – Dave Lister, Red Dwarf 🙂

British Science Association

National Science & Engineering Competition Project Manager


Reporting to: Director of Education

Responsible for: National Science & Engineering Competition Assistant

Based: Wellcome Wolfson, Building, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD

Terms: Full time, 35 hours per week, permanent contract


Overall Purpose of the job 

The National Science & Engineering Competition aims to be the most prestigious UK-wide competition for 11 to 18-year-olds in science and engineering. It was established in 2009 in response to Lord Sainsbury???s report ???The Race for the Top??? which called for a National Science Competition to be established as part of National Science and Engineering Week. The Competition brought together existing contests to maximise their impact and is now well-established within the Big Bang events which host the regional heats and finals. The Competition is managed by the British Science Association in close partnership with Young Engineers and the Big Bang Education CIC Ltd. Core funding comes from BIS and is complemented by sponsorship from a range of organisations.

The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of delivering the Competition.


Key Responsibilities for this role 

Act as overall project manager, ensuring the Competition delivers against its goals on time and on budget. In particular, manage/deliver:

  • increasing profile for the Competition, including through partners, online and via social media
  • all communications with entrants and finalists, and the teachers & parents who work with them
  • effective selection of finalists from regional fairs and via an online entry form
  • effective judging at the finals, ensuring judges adhere to pre-prepared timetables and judge fairly
  • a highly engaging experience for the finalists at the Big Bang fair evaluation

Forge and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and partners

Provide recommendations and progress reports to the Competitions Working Group and Big Bang CIC Ltd Board

Manage spend in line with the project budget

Line manage the Competition Assistant.


To apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter that summarises your interest in this post. Please provide evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification and send it to: recruitment@britishscienceassociation.org

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 November at 9.00 am

The interviews for this position will be on Friday 25 November.


Further full details will go live on the British Science Association website as of tomorrow, at


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