SES Project Technical Manager - 18 month FTC

Job Description

Your new role

We are recruiting an SES Project Technical Manager to join us for a fixed term of 18 months to support the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project.

As SES Project Technical Manager you will work as part of the SES Technical Partner team to manage the day-to-day interfaces between Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) and the Major Project delivery team for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project in the Regional Investment Programme. This includes: 

  • Contributing to and supporting appropriate project technical assurance, in line with business requirements and project schedule.
  • Providing advice and supporting change
  • Supporting compliance with relevant statutory requirements and standards.

The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine is a Major Project scheme to improve the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner. The project will involve upgrading single carriageway sections of road to dual carriageway standard and making improvements to the junctions along the route to improve safety, help make journeys more reliable and support the regional and local economy.

This role is to be based in any of our northern offices (including Leeds, Manchester, Penrith or Darlington), although travel to our other offices and locations will sometimes also be required. 

What you’ll be leading on

  • Support the Technical Partner in the development and delivery of project assurance activities in line with the business plan and project schedule and supporting the Group Manager and Divisional Director in setting overall strategy and direction.
  • Use matrix management to develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders (including Major Projects, Operations and supply chain) and to ensure a good level of technical service and collaboration in the delivery of project and business objectives, and to help manage SES resource demands. 
  • Support the Technical Partner in the implementation of standards and technical governance controls on the project, contribute to the resolution or escalation of technical risk and issues, and provide advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Support and contribute to the development of governance processes, advocating that stakeholders, partners and the supply chain work to current technical standards, specifications and guidance. 
  • Facilitate improvements across the project by working with the Technical Partner to provide advice on lessons learnt and support change to help embed new ways of working with technical specialist teams. 

To be successful you’ll need

  • Appropriate professional qualification, or working towards, with knowledge of one or more technical disciplines and familiarity with our standards, policies and principles, such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB).
  • Experience of managing stakeholder relationships to achieve desired outcomes, including experience of working with multiple suppliers.
  • Experience of working in a project environment and working with delivery partners in line with project and business needs.
  • Good communications skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at different organisational levels (including Senior Managers) and to influence and negotiate to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to learn new technical skills quickly and facilitate technical discussions knowledgably.

A bit about us

Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) is an exciting place to work. SES key priorities are to support world class operational delivery and technical advice for our road network, provide support services to lead, enable and innovate in the development of the Strategic Road Network and provide expert advice on matters relating to health and safety. If you are looking for a challenging, exhilarating and world class organisation then join one of our dedicated, professional teams leading on technical services, health and safety, sustainability and diversity agendas for National Highways.

Want to know more?To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number 5205


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.

We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. 

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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