Senior Project Manager

Posted 20 September 2022
Salary Competitive
LocationReading
Job type Permanent
DisciplineBusiness Change & Transformation
Reference55479
Contact NameBethany Evans
Remote working Hybrid/Flexible

Job description

What you will be doing

The Senior Project Manager is a key leadership role, within our Major Projects team, responsible for directing a project team on major improvements to our wastewater treatment works. You'll be accountable for one or more complex projects from inception to completion, and you’ll guide and develop a multi-disciplined team to ensure successful delivery to time, cost, and quality commitments.

Your leadership, ownership, accountability, and contribution are key, and success will be measured in how we deliver our projects to the business and ensure smooth integration into our operational business as usual. You’ll also play a role in our project management community, establishing best practices and supporting the development of project managers and apprentices.

Key activities for the role include:

  • Take accountability throughout the project lifecycle, governance compliance, and internal/external stakeholder engagement leading to the smooth transition into operational business
  • Support the definition of solutions to meet the project objectives and will be responsible for preparing a clear business case
  • Develop the best procurement strategy for the project and oversee the production of the specifications and contract documentation
  • Lead the procurement process with support from the Procurement team to successful contract award
  • Develop a strategy for obtaining any required third-party consents, highlighting programme and project risks relating to consents required
  • Effective liaison with the relevant town planning authorities as well as key internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth running and timely project delivery
  • Promote and sustain our Health & Safety vision (zero incidents, zero harm, zero compromise) throughout the lifecycle of the project
  • Work closely and collaboratively with technical and commercial teams and all internal and external project stakeholders to ensure that project timescales and objectives are met
  • Manage and assure the performance of contractors to deliver project outcomes to time, cost, and quality.
  • Management of risks, issues, and change in a fully transparent manner through effective reporting and escalation.
  • Contribute to steering project-wide continuous improvement and delivering against stretching targets.
  • Commercially manage all contract matters to achieve the optimal outcome.
  • Management of contractors and consultants, including discharging responsibilities under CDM regulations

What you should bring to the role

  • An engineering or other relevant degree and chartered status with either a post-graduate business or project management qualification
  • Broad utility industry and business knowledge with prior involvement in delivering major complex projects (up to £100m in value) within a regulated infrastructure environment
  • Knowledgeable in managing contract specification preparation, tendering, and tender evaluation process with experience in negotiation
  • Experience in managing main contractors through a major construction project to commissioning and project handover
  • Demonstrate your capability with risk-based and analytical decision making
  • Excellent management skills across multi-disciplined teams as well as excellent communication skills
  • Ability to present a business case and project strategies at a level necessary to satisfy appropriate governance
  • Self-starting, resilient, and tenacious under pressure, with a desire to successfully deliver projects to time, cost, and quality
  • A great team player with the ability to work collaboratively in a challenging project environment

What’s in it for you

This challenging, exciting, and high-profile role gives you the opportunity to support the delivery of a complex project at one of our largest Treatment Works and make a difference to our customers across London and the Thames Valley.

Our competitive salary and package include a bonus, car allowance, private healthcare, an excellent contributory pension, and 26 days of holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service.

We’re also proud to embrace and promote diversity and believe that creating a workforce that reflects the communities we serve will help us to thrive. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process. 

We deliver life's essential service so our customers, communities, and the environment can thrive. This means, that when a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of your role, you’ll be required to participate in a rota to provide Customer Incident Support, as requested by the Company from time to time.

This may be by supporting our customers on the frontline as an Ambassador or being part of the team managing the incident as a Control Tower Lead. This is incredibly rewarding, and you’ll be given full training – it’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business and meet colleagues.