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Expedition Project Manager

  • Nekton
  • Hybrid (Oxford, UK)
  • 23/11/2023
Admin-Clerical Nonprofit-Social Services Programme / Project Management

Job Description



Nekton’s mission is to rapidly accelerate our scientific understanding and protection of the ocean for people and the planet. We work for the ocean. Nekton is a UK-registered charity, based in Oxford, UK.





Nekton is actively searching for an Expedition Project Manager to join our dynamic team who will lead the project management to implement an expedition focused in India (and potentially longer-term on a series of expeditions).


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional project manager with either expedition, production, marine operations or logistics experience working in a range of geographies.


Initial recruitment is for a start as soon as possible until the end of April 2024 with the opportunity for a possible extension into longer term role. The recruitment is open until a successful appointment is made. Candidates should stipulate whether they are interested in being considered for the longer-term position when applying for the immediate role. 





We are looking for an individual with a blend of experience of project managing complex multi-disciplinary projects in different nations around the world. Our expeditions combine extensive logistics and deploying research vessels, submersibles, remotely operated vehicles and dive teams. Specific experience of these activities is valued but is not critical.


You will be meticulous at project, logistics, safety and budget management and will thrive at being hands-on in implementing an expedition strategy that combines marine research and communications. This role will take consummate professionalism, maturity and good humour - a ‘glass half-full’, problem-solving person - who is able to utilise in-house and outsourced resources creatively and cost-effectively.


We need a team player who understands the big picture and who can contribute to the long-term development of our expedition strategy. Someone who wants to help create an organisation that is diverse and inclusive, who respects all views, and who genuinely believes that talent is universal in a world where opportunity has not always been equally distributed.







Start                                                                       As soon as possible from 1st December 2023

Location                                                                Hybrid including ideally c. 2 days at Oxford area-based HQ.

Some planned UK/International travel likely.

Salary                                                                     £3500-£4500 pcm based on skills and experience.

Contract                                                                Consultancy, 1 Dec 2023 (or asap) to end of April 2024 (with possible extension to longer term / permanent role)

Hours                                                                     5 days per week

Reporting to                                                        Project Director / Chief Executive

Staff reporting to this post                               Logistics Coordinator

Working with                                                       Principal Scientist, Finance team, Communications Manager, Project Director





§  Project and budget management – coordinating science, media, logistics and marine operations.

§  Managing and supporting the Logistics Coordinator with related personnel and equipment logistics (including with vessel, port and shipping agents).

§  Oversee Participant engagement (including Participant handbook, secure document management) and act as the central liaison for all expedition participants.

§  Coordinating the contributions of the Marine Operations consultant on developing processes and procedures for safe and productive offshore operations.

§  Support of expedition risk and crisis management for marine operations (supported by Senior Management Team).

§  Possible travel to India to support the expedition (mid / end February to mid / end March 2024).

§  Support on planning and procurement for science, marine operations and media equipment.

§  Report to senior management on progress and specifically highlighting potential challenges and identifying solutions.




§  Minimum of 5 years’ experience of project management across either expedition, production, marine operations, logistics or other multi-disciplinary programmes working in a range of geographies.

§  Minimum of 5 years’ experience of tight cost and budget management.

  • Experience in complex international logistics and equipment shipping (with agents).
  • Minimum 5 years working effectively with teams of people from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. other expedition / productive teams, scientists, ship’s crew and officers, governmental representatives, logistics agents etc).
  • Excellent standards of communication both written and verbal.

§  Highly self-motivated individual capable of working with minimal supervision.

  • Located in the Oxford area or within commutable distance to Nekton Office, Begbroke, Oxfordshire.

§  Highly literate in all Office applications.

§  Ideally previous experience working in India or Indian partners.

§  Ideally experience working in/with an NGO.

  • Enjoys problem solving.



 To apply for this position please send you cv with a covering letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for this role to as soon as possible.


The position remains open until a successful appointment is made. Should you not be available to start immediately but are interested in the longer-term position from May 2024, we also welcome your CV and covering letter.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.