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Project Analyst(s), Downstream

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Position type:
Permanent and Full-Time
Date posted:
August 6, 2021
Closing date:
August 20, 2021


Are you passionate about what makes complex capital projects really tick? Are you curious how the business and projects worlds combine to deliver future assets? Do you love making connections and solving puzzles? Are you that rare combination of detailed and focused, yet you have broad interests and ideas? Do you enjoy analytical research work while also being comfortable in a client-facing role? The role is one with the potential for you to become a trusted advisor in your specialisation in Industry.

IPA’s client portfolio includes world-leading companies in the both heavy and light industries around the world. IPA has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore; as such, major industry leaders globally rely on us to assess the health of their capital project systems and provide recommendations to improve their performance. We examine cost, schedule, and asset quality, with a strong focus on risk management activities to drive project success. The IPA project databases are unique and the most comprehensive sources of capital project experience in existence. IPA also takes a leading role in empirical research into the drivers of better projects and project systems, using our extensive databases of past project performance.


IPA in the United Kingdom is seeking candidates for our Project Analyst (Downstream) position with a proven track record in: analysing risks, practices, and performance in the chemical, refining, or pharmaceutical process industries. Candidates will also require strong analytical skills, intellectual curiosity and be looking to contribute as a thought leader. The candidate’s interest in studying the factors that determine success in complex, technologically advanced projects and organisations is critical. The role requires successful candidates to carry out project analysis using quantitative and statistical data. Aptitude for and demonstrated skills to be a successful analyst include your ability to connect real life with the data and vice versa; to know when to ask more questions and when to just listen as well as how to back yourself as you learn and thrive.

Responsibilities of the Project Analyst (Downstream) role include: client-interfacing work to collect and analyse project technical data, writing reports with insight and a customer-focus, delivering verbal (including virtual delivery) feedback and public presentations as well as working directly with capital project teams and project organisations to improve business competitiveness. Responsibilities also include the ability to conduct research on drivers of project success or failure using statistics and projects database.

Capital Project Analysts must have excellent written and oral communication skills and display the interpersonal skills needed to develop and maintain relationships at senior levels with client companies. Interpersonal skills required for settings both in-person and over virtual platforms. The position requires solid analytical skills as well as the ability to analyse and understand various levels of metrics in the assessment of a project’s overall status.

  • Salary/Rate: £32,000‒£40,000 per annum, depending on experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master's preferred) or equivalent in: engineering, science (physics, chemistry, petroleum, geology), statistics, operations research, economics or allied fields
  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience operating in your field of education
  • Proven record of carrying out independent research
  • Proven record of using a variety of statistical methods to analyse large amounts of data


  • Demonstrable superior English language written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office including powerpoint and excel functions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to successfully liaise with people from other cultures
  • Excellent Listening, Presentation and Report Writing skills with strong attention to detail
  • Able to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and organisational leadership
  • Language skills for Europe, Africa and the Middle East would be advantageous but not essential. Preference for candidates with language skills (written and oral) of Russian or German.


IPA is the preeminent global benchmarking and consultancy for capital projects. IPA guides capital-intensive organisations to establish the right combination of people, work process, and governance to maximise cost, schedule, safety, and operability performance. We have a dataset of nearly 21,000 capital projects as the basis of our work. Our clients are leading companies in the process, extractive, and technology sectors who conduct petroleum, minerals, infrastructure, chemicals, and renewables capital projects. IPA is committed to social and ethical responsibility, and all global offices initiate or participate in local charity initiatives to support those in need.


IPA offers an excellent remuneration and benefits package. Salary will be negotiated based on the successful candidate’s experience.

A selection of the benefits available in the position include private medical cover, a highly competitive pension scheme, 23 holidays plus 8 public days, life assurance and critical illness cover, sponsored academic development, international exposure, travel opportunities, and structured career development.

Any offer of employment made to the successful candidate will be conditional upon the individual either having the right to work in the UK, or successfully obtaining a work visa to enable them to take up employment in the UK within the timescales required by the company. There is also the requirement to be eligible to secure an entry visa to the USA enabling attendance at our corporate headquarters.


If this opportunity is of interest, please submit the form below with a cover letter including salary expectations and availability to start, as well as your CV.


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