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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Programme Director: Edinburgh Biomes

Application Deadline: Friday 30th October 2020
Starting salary £62-72k plus civil service pension and other benefits
37 hours per week based in Edinburgh
Fixed-term for 6 years initially

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a world leading botanic garden based on the quality, breadth and depth of our science, plant collections, public engagement and education. The Edinburgh Biomes programme is the most ambitious project in our history: a £70 million capital build programme replacing and restoring our existing research glasshouses; creating a stunning new public glasshouse; building new research facilities and replacing aging infrastructure.

We are looking for a highly experienced Programme Director to lead the delivery of this spectacular addition to Edinburgh and Scotland’s scientific, horticultural and tourism sectors. The project is likely to be undertaken over six to seven years.

This role provides the interface between project ownership and delivery, and will be the RBGE representative responsible for the delivery of the Biomes and its various primary objectives in horticulture, research, education, and income generation. Responsible to our Regius Keeper (Chief Executive) for the implementation of Edinburgh Biomes in accordance with the Business Case, you will undertake all duties expected of a Programme Director on a large-scale project of this type.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with significant previous experience in delivering a major capital build project with multiple internal and external stakeholders. Knowledge and experience of working in a senior leadership role will be crucial, as will a sound knowledge of construction risk management. You will need to be able to demonstrate expertise in construction and project management skills, with the ability to develop, interrogate, report on, and resolve complex construction matters and their financial impact to a variety of stakeholders.

A full job description and person specification for the role can be found on our website at Further information on the Edinburgh Biomes project can also be found there at Informal enquiries on the role can be addressed to Ian Hardman, Head of HR, via

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post to, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire from our website by midday GMT on Fri. 30th October 2020.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

No recruitment agencies please.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is committed to providing a fair and equitable working environment and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to these posts. We have a range of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity, including flexible working for staff with, for example, parenting and carer responsibilities, and proactive celebration of diversity among our staff, students and volunteers. RBGE holds an Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.

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