Senior Project Manager/ PM&C Team Leader, Rail, Manchester

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  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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About the Role:

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

WSP is seeking a highly motivated project management professional to join our Rail Engineering Services team as a Senior Project Manager who will also lead our team of like-minded Project Managers, Assistant Project Manager’s and Planners adding value to the services offered to our clients.

We are looking for a candidate with the ability to apply a systematic approach to project delivery, pro-actively manage risks and influence others to deliver successfully. Candidates must have line management experience, excellent communication and project / programme management skills, a relevant technical background and be willing to take on new challenges. Experience of the engineering design process,  commercial management and key account management would also be beneficial.

As team leader, you will ensure a proactive approach to resource management, talent management, staff development and succession planning to meet the requirements for the ongoing development of the Project Management and Controls (PM&C) community whilst supporting and driving its future within the business. You will interface with the cost-centre leadership team, HR, HSE and other functions as required to ensure consistent, best-practice, approach is adopted across the team.

As a Senior Project Manager, you will lead complex multi-discipline design teams to win and deliver projects for different stakeholders, you will build on your hands-on experience of working with client teams in a collaborative and integrated manner. Your design team may be drawn from multiple offices with conflicting operational priorities, an ability to utilise modern technologies to build consensus and maximise design effort is very desirable. You will be required to lead prospects and projects following the requirements of the Business Management System, as well as, to meet client requirements. Experience of working within the Network Rail environment (or other similar major UK client organisation), specifically in the use of the client systems and processes will be advantageous.

You will be largely UK focused, based out of our Manchester office, however, opportunities may also arise to work in other areas of the UK or elsewhere.

A typical week would include:

  • Providing Leadership to the PM&C teams for which you are responsible

  • To manage the effective utilisation of design resources to client requirements and programme, including iCRC as appropriate.

  • Lead and provide input into proposals including resource estimates and technical content to support successful delivery of bids.

  • Providing leadership and expertise within projects and ensure client satisfaction.

  • Undertake Key Account Management roles as required.

  • Developing the PM&C Team in line with the business plan.

  • Acting as PM, successfully delivering high quality multi and single disciplinary Rail projects.

  • Ensuring that proactive project planning, stakeholder and risk management takes place across projects

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Bid/Project Management & Technical Delivery experience in the Rail sector.

  • Experience, preferably in the UK, delivering design solutions to major infrastructure projects, between GRIP stages 2 and 8.

  • Experience in a design consultancy environment with good customer relationship and stakeholder management skills.

  • Proven ability to lead and work successfully in a multi-disciplinary design team.

  • A degree, in a relevant engineering or management discipline.

  • Preferably a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and a member of relevant professional institution

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.