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Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 05/11/2018
Date Posted: 04/20/2018
Reference: 01959


Full Time, Fixed Term to 30 June 2021


The British library wishes to appoint a project manager to develop and manage the externally-funded Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project, which will deliver full digitisation of approximately 800 Chinese manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra from the British Library’s Stein Collection.  The project manager will use traditional and innovative methodologies to create content metadata and to provide online access to the material.  The project manager will control the project workflow, ensure that project targets are achieved, liaise with relevant teams across the library, including Digital Imaging, Collections, Conservation and IT, and also be responsible for the internal and external reporting processes.

The successful applicant will have excellent project management skills, such as the ability to coordinate work packages, manage risks, and estimate timescales and budgets, as well as possess good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and to coordinate workflows with a number of other teams across the library.  You will also have expertise in manuscript collections, Chinese or Buddhist studies.  Highly desirable additional skills include degree-level (or equivalent) knowledge of Chinese, experience of working on digitisation projects and experience of handling fragile collection items.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.



Closing date: 11 May 2018

Interview date: 21 May 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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