We are now looking to appoint an outstanding individual as our new Digitisation Project Operation Manager. Reporting to the Research Leader and a key member of our senior Digitisation Project team, you will be responsible for the operational and logistic leadership, management, and delivery of the digitisation of the herbarium and Fungarium specimens. You will focus on optimising the interactions across the team to support the effective delivery of the Digitisation Project, cultivating a positive, collaborative, and innovative team, that will continuously strive to reach and exceed quality and quantitative outcomes.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.
We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.
Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi.
RBG Kew are currently recruiting staff to work on an exciting and unique project to digitise Kew’s 8.5 million plant and fungal specimens and create a complete catalogue of our internationally significant collections, making specimen records and images freely available online and accessible to researchers across the globe.
The outcome of this project will provide a unique, world-leading resource making accessible data from more than 260 years of scientific exploration, placing them at the centre of efforts to combat urgent global challenges such as habitat degradation, climate change and human health.
In addition, RBG Kew are recruiting staff to support the implementation of a new collections management system to ensure efficient and effective integrated management of the Science and Living Collections and the data describing them.
The Integrated Collections Management System will allow more efficient tracking of the use of specimens to meet legislative requirements concerning access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, including the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity and plant health legislation.
This is an exciting and challenging role and will suit those with a successful track record of operational/logistical leadership within organisations of similar scale and complexity. Likewise, you will bring experience of effective financial management and resource planning as well as a track record of leading transformational change and ensuring robust project governance. You will also bring outstanding interpersonal skills with a proven ability to engage and inspire diverse teams and forge collaborative and productive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels, across the organisation and externally.
Essential skills and experience required for this role include, educated to degree level or equivalent, experience of digitisation projects within a science / museum environment, experience of manging teams, good knowledge of Microsoft Excel skills & Knowledge of reporting tool, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
The salary will be £38,200 - £41,802 per annum (pro rata), depending on skills and experience.
Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
No agencies please.
Interviews to be held w/c 7th February.