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Project Support Apprentice - Heraeus Noblelight

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7th May 2021

Employer Description

Heraeus Noblelight Ltd. (originally named Noblelight) was started in 1978 with just three employees. An opportunity was seized to focus and develop lamps in the ever-expanding laser market at the time.

Our focus on innovation, investment, and serving customers laid the foundation for growth and is at the heart of everything that we do.

As the laser market was rapidly expanding from research to industrial applications, so did our products. We developed the first ‘long life’ continuous laser lamp (CW), named the Supa Lamp, and significantly increased the operating life of flash lamp technologies to meet a wide range of industrial customer applications requiring robust lamp-pumped lasers used for cutting, marking and engraving.

In 1987, the company became part of Heraeus providing stronger financial backing and access to advanced lamp manufacturing technology including quartz glass expertise. Our rapid expansion and significant export growth garnered two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Export, in 1990 and 1995, and a further third for Enterprise in 2015. Understanding customer needs in new applications led to the development of flash lamps for non-laser applications such as solar simulation and cosmetic IPL.

In our most recent decade, we have significantly invested and engineered our own automated flash lamp manufacturing process. Heraeus Noblelight is a global leader in the design and manufacture Xenon, Krypton Arc and Flash Lamps and in recent years developed our breakthrough technology - humm3®.

It is an exciting time to join us here at Heraeus, as we are currently undergoing rapid expansion plans following the shift from component supplier to solutions provider.

We have approximately 110 staff based over two sites on the Science Park in Cambridge.

Main description

Heraeus Noblelight Ltd was started in 1978 with just three employees. Our focus on innovation, investment, and serving customers laid the foundation for growth and is at the heart of everything that we do. We have approx. 110 staff based at two sites on the Science Park in Cambridge and an opportunity for an apprentice to join the team.

Project management is considered a key discipline within Heraeus Noblelight; acting as a point of central organisation to all project activities.

You will apply your personality, skills and knowledge alongside established processes and methods to achieve specific project objectives leading and coordination teams of internal and external specialists to meet project targets within set quality, timescale and cost criteria.

The project support apprentice will actively support the day-to-day project management activities within the organisation, including:

  • Interacting with and supporting the project team re: project task progress.
  • Managing project records, including project issue and risk capture.
  • Planning project schedules re: required timings.
  • Compiling project reports re: progress, project spend and timescales.
  • Organising, leading and taking notes/actions from project meetings.
  • Controlling project correspondence.
  • You will report to one of Heraeus Noblelight’s Project Managers.

As per the nature of the role, however, you will have frequent interaction with many different teams and personnel within and external to the organisation (e.g. customers, suppliers, designers, laboratory technicians, build/manufacturing operators, sales, customer service, planning and purchasing).

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 9-4 in maths and English or equivalent is essential.

Skills required

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Good computer literacy incl. MS Office applications.
Moderate numeracy.
High level of accuracy and attention to detail required.


Problem solving.
Awareness of project management methodologies (APMP, PRINCE2, Agile).

Personal qualities

Flexible (able to adapt to live situations / issues)
Outgoing / Confidence to lead others
Team player
Solution focused

Training to be Provided

Level 4 Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship

Things to consider

In your role of Project Support Apprentice with a view to progressing to Project Manager, your project management skill set can be adopted and applied in varying, very different public and industrial sectors including:

Government / Local authority , Engineering, Construction, IT/Software Services, Media or Agriculture.

Therefore, as a project manager you are set for a career for life. Given project management by its nature and that each project can be very different in its demands and there may be occasions when: -

You will handle challenging situations; alongside the team, as project issues present / need resolution. -

Extended hours are required to ensure deadlines are met. -

You will travel e.g. to engage with customers, suppliers, support off-site deliverables etc. -

Role instability as one project concludes, and others start.

The wage will be between £220 - £290 dependent on experience and previous qualifications.

Future Prospects

Short term/post apprenticeship - Opportunity for a full-time permanent role as Project Support and/or Project Manager.

Longer term career path opportunities include: Project Manger, Programme Manager, Portfolio Manager, Chartership (Association of Project Management (APM)) or Team / Business manager.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 08/06/2021


£220 per week


This job is located in Cambridge, Cambs

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