Senior Project Manager

Organisation: Scottish Canals

Salary: From £41,800

Location: Falkirk or Glasgow

Scottish Canals are the custodians of the nation’s canal network and surrounding estates. Our vision is to care for and invest in the canal network to generate lasting benefit for people and communities; celebrating their industrial heritage, ensuring they offer quality green and blue spaces for people and communities and contributing to Scotland’s resilience in tackling climate change.

Our success is rooted in valuing the contributions of our entire team – we care, we create, and we collaborate to continue to deliver a whole range of activities from boating, paddling, walking and wheeling to living and playing and improving what the canals have to offer to our visitors and communities. We also work with partners and stakeholders to contribute to a wealthier, fairer, greener and more resilient Scotland.

As an employer we offer a truly unique opportunity to be part of our team, help us realise our vision and contribute to looking after our heritage and ensuring our canals flourish now and in the future.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Manager (civil engineering) to join our dynamic and instrumental Engineering team in Falkirk or Glasgow. The successful candidate will project manage the external contractors and consultants working on behalf of Scottish Canals on and within our canal network.

The role is offered on a permanent basis and attracts and incremental salary starting at £41,800 pa. The post is Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week with occasional standby.

Scottish Canals also offers flexible working, a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days plus 10 public holidays, and many other benefits including enhanced company sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, and a contributory pension scheme with up to a 10% employer contribution.

Primary responsibilities of the role:

• Using appropriate systems, scope and plan project(s) and where appropriate liaise with the project sponsor. Plan and sequence project activities, define goals and deliverables. Identify and manage project milestones ensuring factors do not cause delay or become critical to the delivery of the programme. Regularly update systems with required project information and generate milestone reports where required.
• In liaison with all stakeholders determine required resources for the project(s), including staffing levels, facilities and equipment and where appropriate organise resources in conjunction with Works Planner(s).
• Ensure appropriate stages of project(s) comply with Management of Contractors Direction. Ensure that all parties are aware of obligations under Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations 2015.
• Develop project budget proposals, cost plan and the cash flow and where appropriate work in conjunction with Finance personnel. Ensure that the plan is constantly updated and reflects changes in the project.
• Ensure that budget proposals and cost plans reflect the most efficient method of project delivery.
• Facilitate project meetings, prepare minutes taken and produce regular reports on all aspects of the project including budget, cost reporting, programme and progress, risk, safety and quality issues etc.
• Monitor performance of project suppliers (internal and external) in the deliverables of the project and their compliance with specified requirements and health and safety. Report any concerns to the Contracts Manager.
• Manage project risk using Scottish Canals defined risk management systems. Escalate significant risk related issues to appropriate management.
• Ensure that environmental and heritage issues are considered at all project phases in conjunction with the Sustainability team.
• Update all stakeholders regarding project works that directly affect customers’ use of the waterway network, throughout the life of the project.
• Review project performance following completion in accordance with Scottish Canal’s defined processes and standards, highlighting any areas for improvements or elements of good practice to be considered in future projects
• Judgement regarding risk related issues and required action.
• Judgement regarding modifying the project programme to deal with basic risks and variances.
• Judgement regarding upward referral of issues to line management for further guidance.
• Report writing and presentation ability to present at various Boards and Meetings

Skills and Experience:

• Degree in a related discipline.
• Associate membership of appropriate professional body eg ICE/IHT/APM. (support will be provided to gain full membership of an Engineering Council registered body)
• Proven experience of managing similar projects within the relevant discipline.
• Working knowledge of NEC contracts.
• Relevant Health and Safety Qualification (NEBOSH/SMTS or similar)
• Heritage awareness and knowledge of heritage protection regime.
• Ability to co-operate with and support team members within and outside of main function.
• Ability to influence, consult and inform members of senior management team within the business unit in area of responsibility.
• Ability to be the Key Scottish Canal’s contact with recognised User Groups and other formal third party bodies related to the project.
• Proficient in the use of a personal computer and business applications software eg MS Office.
• Valid driving licence.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 15/11/2023