Senior Project Manager

Job Description

Your new role

Are you looking for your next project management challenge where you can apply radical thinking and help create a legacy that goes so much further than our lifetime? Our Major Projects directorate have an opportunity for a Senior Project Manager to join the Regional Investment Programme (RIP) and help us boldly innovate how our roads are used.

This role will be based at our Birmingham office, however in line with our connected and sustainable working approach, you will work from home, the office and, at times, on site. 

Within this role, you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary core team that will plan and deliver the contract strategy, procurement, transition, and mobilisation of the delivery phase of a major project. Further to this you will support and coach other Project Management individuals.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Working with senior leaders to ensure a full understanding of the project’s objectives, agree strategies to achieve them and to deliver within the approved budget, programme and quality standards.
  • Designing and implementing project and procurement plans, high quality baseline management products, and timely and accurate reports to ensure that project objectives are delivered on safely, time and are appropriately resourced.
  • Supporting development of the project’s Business Case, including working across National Highways directorates and Subject Matter Advisors to ensure timely approval.
  • Management of project budget, schedule and risk. You will identify and evaluate emerging risks, issues, opportunities. dependencies and constraints associated with the project, escalating where appropriate and developing solutions to overcome or capture them. 
  • Managing the performance of delivery partners and expert consultancy support, setting clear expectations for health and safety management, time and cost, and taking appropriate remedial action where necessary.
  • Managing, supporting and motivating the team of Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers and workstream specialists and supporting the personal development of direct reports and early talent.

 To be successful you’ll need

  • Experience of managing large-scale and/or complex projects during their development and delivery
  • Proven ability to build and maintain successful relationships with key stakeholders, and evidence of your ability to influence positive outcomes
  • Experience of managing health and safety requirements in a complex project environment
  • Experience of working collaboratively to lead and develop a team of people across organisations.
  • Site experience and a willingness to drive safe, efficient delivery in a collaborative manner.

A bit about us:

"A leading, intelligent, commercially astute major projects client organisation. Responsible for the initiation and delivery of national and regional road infrastructure asset investments, that safely deliver important outcomes for our customer and stakeholders."

The goal of National Highways is to change the industry: to make roads and their construction and maintenance safer; to be more responsive to the needs of our customers, particularly about biodiversity and carbon; and to exploit the digital agenda and drive the productivity agenda to improve delivery.

Major Projects Directorate is responsible for the delivery of nearly 70 projects with a total value more than £14 billion, and some of the most exciting and challenging projects in the country. In RIP we represent National Highways interests in dealing with the safety, customer and operational impacts of major infrastructure projects delivered by other public and private sector developers of National significance.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #4770


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

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