Project Administrator x2 (Fixed Term – 12 month)

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Full Time

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Salary: Up to 23k + Benefits

Status: 12 Months – Fixed Term /Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible)

About us

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working.


We have two main Directorates which win and deliver our work – our ‘Platforms’ which are the externally-facing business areas which generally lead our business development / proposal development activities; and our ‘Capabilities’ which are the internal business areas which provide the technical expertise needed to deliver our projects. The Project Administrators will be expected to support the Project, Proposal and reporting administration needs of both the Platforms and Capabilities.

We are seeking two Project Administrators, both on an initial 12-month fixed term basis. The two posts will together form a mini-team, and with the respective Platform and Capabilities Personal Assistants, to whom these posts will report. The post will be based in our Birmingham office, but we would be willing to discuss a degree of flexible working (location) if required.

This will be a varied and interactive post, liaising with all teams across the two Directorates, with regular check-in points across the two. It will especially suit someone who is good with people, a clear communicator, great at prioritising and multi-tasking and driven by their own high standards and satisfaction of a job well done.

Key Deliverables & Activities: 

Project Administration

  • Support the development and maintenance of internal information management systems across the business – providing the key inputs from the Directorates.
  • Ensure ‘smooth running’ of project initiation and delivery – supporting project managers to set up and manage projects efficiently and effectively. This will include:
    • Setting up bid codes, finance codes
    • Working with our legal team around Memorandum of Understandings, Non-Disclosure Agreements, contracts (chasing, execution and filing)
    • Completing Salesforce entries and updates(our internal database on opportunities and projects)
    • Submitting/processing “Resource link” requests (our resource allocation system) from project teams (working with Project Managers to capture the detail of who and how much support is required)
    • Collating time spent against projects (via our internal time-recording system “coretime”) ready for review by Project Managers, Business Leaders, Line Managers etc
    • Purchase Orders and invoice raising and chasing
    • Working with procurement around subcontractor elements (specification for subcontracts will always come from Project Managers)
    • Setting up project-specific internal meetings
    • Helping chase / raise Marketing and Communication support requests
    • Setting up Microsoft Teams channels for live projects
  • Managing wider email enquiry inboxes across the directorate
  • Formatting of short project-related documents
  • Supporting with Project closure administration tasks

Bid Management Administration

  • Coordinate Salesforce entries / admin around pre-bid submission and approval documents (called Opportunity Viability Assessment Forms and Opportunity Approval Forms internally) – working alongside our Bid Management team who have overall accountability for the process
  • Assist with pre-bid legal checks (raising and chasing)
  • Supporting production of tender submissions and our own tender requests – this could include activities such as documentation formatting, Curriculum Vitae formatting, case study collation, and overall administration of the bid process (multi-document collation)
  • Chasing and coordinating document signing
  • Setting up Microsoft Teams channels for project opportunities
  • Contributing to our lessons-learned and bid submission libraries
  • Contributing to the coordination of our Contract Finder type subscriptions and portals
  • Managing the Bid Management team email inbox – using our internal ticketing system to ensure tasks are allocated and managed

Reporting, Stakeholder Management and Collaborative Working 

  • Collating input for finance reports, impact reports
  • Helping set up external project workshops and meetings (using external software like doodle poll)
  • Taking minutes for key external meetings (type of meeting to be supported to be defined and agreed)
  • Contributing to the ESC Information Databases, including our innovator Supply Chain Network database where appropriate

What credentials are we ideally looking for?

  • Experience in an office administration role
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness
  • Confident user of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organised, able to plan and manage their time effectively against multiple activities
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure, to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Supportive, positive and approachable – able to successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Comfortable working with staff at every level in organisations, including senior leaders
  • Ideally some experience of Microsoft Teams
  • Ideally experience of collating, managing and presenting data
  • Ideally some experience of using CRM / Salesforce data and contact management systems

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 17th October 2021 

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

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“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.”

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