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Senior Project Manager


Manchester, United Kingdom

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we believe we make a positive difference in our world. As a wholly independent organisation, we are owned in trust for the benefit of our employees and their dependants: with no shareholders or external investors determine our own business priorities and direction.

Due to continued business growth, we are seeking to recruit a Senior Project Manager for the North West & Yorkshire PPM team.

General Description

To take an active part in the delivery of project and programme management commissions in the Northwest Engineering sector. The role will involve:

• Being the day-to-day senior project manager / project controls manager on major works programmes

• Working as part of a team to deliver commissions, in full compliance with Arup Management System requirements

• Deliver work to a high standard of client satisfaction and profitably for Arup

• Supporting prospecting for new work with current and new clients, developing client relationships and working on bids.

• Develop own skills to ensure on-going flexibility and value to clients.

• Supporting the development of new service offerings


Project Delivery


• Agree the overall project programme in conjunction with client and Arup in-house planners

• Set the programme for each major phase of work


• Manage professional team to deliver correct elements to programme

• Ensure that the design meets the clients requirements

• Escalate issues as appropriate


• Manage the processes involved in estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs

• Manage the change control procedure


• Oversee the progress of the Contractor and that they deliver to programme

• Take action to resolve problems

• Escalate issues as appropriate


• Prepare the handover plan , communicates this to the client

• Manage the handover of completed facilities to clients


• Maintain a register that allows issues to be easily communicated to others

• Author monthly client reports identifying key issues, matters for resolution and provide a clear and effective mechanism for exception reporting.

Contracts/ compliance

• Procure the professional team in accordance with client requirements

• Developing and managing the team

• Ensure the project team works in accordance with all regulatory standards

• Manage the procurement process

• Administer the construction and professional services contracts on behalf of the client

• Manage procedures to deliver the required quality at all stages of the project

• Facilitate risk workshops, manages the risk register and ensures actions are closed out

Requirements and skills


• Minimum of a good first degree in relevant discipline, ideally either management or technical

• Professional qualification in Project and Programme management qualifications, such as MAPM, or equivalent.

Person Specification – technical/experience:

• Experience of the delivery of engineering projects or programmes.

• Knowledge of PMOs and Programme Support functions (Schedule, risk, cost, information management)

• Able to understand client needs and act in ways to meet them

• Demonstrable project management experience having worked as part of a team on design and/or construction of infrastructure related schemes

• Knowledge of statutory bodies and the regulatory environment

• Knowledge of developments and drivers in the UK infrastructure and/or Building sector

• Good commercial and contractual awareness

Experience working in some or all of these areas:

• Requirements Management

• Benefits management

• Project controls

• Asset management

Person Specification – personal attributes/competences/people Skills:

• Able to identify and address differences and assist in resolving conflicts

• Able to identify stakeholders, determine requirements and expectations and manage their influence on the project

• Can be firm whilst maintaining good relations with all parties

• Maintains good communications with clients, keeping them regularly appraised of the progress of their projects.

• Able to report progress (written and verbal) and answer questions accordingly and write monthly reports

• Ensures line manager is kept informed about key issues

• Self-motivated, proactive and collaborative

• Excellent at networking and building trust and rapport.

• Very good communicator (verbal, written and listening)

• Good numeracy skills

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

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