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Deputy Director of Programme Delivery

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£61,227 - £68,029 per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Deputy Director of Programme Delivery - National Quantum Computing Centre

Salary:  £61,227 - £68,029 per annum. A Specialist Allowance is also available for this role (both dependent on skills and experience)

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 25 hours per week)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it's sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society.

The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a new research institution, funded through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to accelerating the development of quantum computing by addressing the challenges of scaling up technology. Working with businesses, government and the research community we will deliver quantum computing capabilities for the UK and support the growth of the emerging industry. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

Our purpose-built facility, due to open in 2023, will be located at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. Until then, activities are taking place in other facilities on the Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC sits alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and is part of the wider National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). The NQCC is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Key Accountabilities

You will have primary responsibility for delivering both the NQCC core programme and a £35m multi-party programme that seeks to ensure end user adoption of QC through access to resources, skills development and demonstration of quantum advantage driving economic value, security and productivity enhancement for the UK. Furthermore, this role will have strategic ownership of the future sustainability funding model and business case development for the Centre.

As part of the leadership team, you will deliver a new programme, seeking to deliver demonstration of one or more UK based small-scale NISQ-era hardware platforms utilising cloud and hosted QC resources to demonstrate quantum advantage. Seeking to accelerate the growth in user adoption of quantum computing and associated essential skills. The NQCC will play a coordinating role bringing together delivery and procurement partners across UKRI and provide Programme oversight.

The Role:

You will be providing oversight and direction on the management of a portfolio of end-user, collaborative and in-house development projects. You will manage externally funded multi-party programmes across the QC eco-system, the first of which is a £35m investment into early demonstration of quantum advantage. You will direct the requirements for delivery and construction of detailed implementation plans ensuring effective risk management is in place across all projects.

Driving continuous improvements whilst developing and delivering a sustaining business case with government to ensure a balanced portfolio of core funded activities, externally resourced collaborations and externally funded initiatives within NQTP.

Other aspects of this role include management and reporting of NQCC programme resource, budgets and forecasts, whilst also working in collaboration with our senior leadership team to build long term programme structures to support and deliver technical roadmap execution and deliver external collaborations and industry partnerships. You will also be part of building a sustaining programme which supports the operation of NQCC facilities, infrastructure and user access.

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Degree or equivalent level qualification in a science or engineering related field;
  • Proven experience in effectively challenging and influencing at senior management and senior external stakeholder level with significant experience in a senior management position within a hi-tech or science and technology organization;
  • Ability to ensure programmes are delivered within agreed timescales, within budget and to a high calibre through use and implementation of Quality Management and Project management structures;
  • Demonstrable experience of financial planning and analysis;
  • Experience in a senior management position within a science and/or technology organisation;
  • Proven project/programme management skills;
  • Experience and commitment to continuous improvement and innovation;
  • Demonstrable commitment to safe working practices and the well-being of facility users and visitors.


We offer an excellent benefits package including a generous defined pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus an additional 10.5 public and privilege days and many more benefits that will help maintain a healthy work life balance. Join us and discover what's possible!


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
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