Project Manager

Job Title: Project Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-06-27
Reference: 4320
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 27, 2019 16:28

Job Description

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and motivate multi-disciplinary project teams, responsible for the management of a range of projects ranging from £250,000 in value through to £1 million.

You will be responsible for developing customer solutions as well as ensuring that project deliverables are achieved in a timely manner and within cost. You will be managing a portfolio of projects through the entire project lifecycle from outline conception through design, construction and handover.

As Project Manager you will be the main point of contact for external customers, project team members, and internal stakeholders.

This role is based at Clearwater Court in Reading however regular travel around the Thames Water area (Thames Valley and London) will be required.

This role will be responsible for leading a range of project teams and accountable for the following:
  • You will be the main point of contact for customers and internal stakeholders on your assigned projects.
  • Delivery of project outcomes, taking into account Health and Safety, programme, quality, cost, as well as industry relevant governance.
  • Project forecasting, ensuring the works carried out remain within budget.
  • Progress reporting against, time, cost and quality.
  • Identifying and briefing appropriately profiled projects to meet business requirements.
  • Drive continuous improvement in activities within the immediate team and wider team.
  • Drive constantly improving health, safety and environmental performance.
  • Initiate and develop communication and strong working relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • -Apply commercial acumen in managing contractors and suppliers to deliver best value solutions to agreed projects. 
What skills are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced leader with extensive project management experience, ideally within the water or utilities industry. You will be comfortable adapting your communication style to field staff as well as more corporate senior stakeholders, and you will display demonstrable experience of this.

This is a challenging and exciting role and we are looking for a strong project manager with a track record for project delivery, being responsible for governance compliance as well as engaging with the teams to drive the projects forwards.

The ability to gain credibility quickly is essential and if you are a chartered engineer or possess a Project Management qualification, this would be hugely advantageous. You will have broad knowledge and experience in making complex investment decisions and be fully competent at using appropriate company IT systems and office software.

Previous experience of managing delivery partners and supply chain across a large geographical region is also beneficial and you must be able to present on deliverables and progress to senior stakeholders in an articulate manner.

What’s in it for you:

This role allows an experienced project manager to work as part of a wider department delivering water and waste capital projects. Whilst this is a client-side Project Management role, the team delivers work for external customers, playing a role within the Developer Services Team, interfacing with a broad range of customers from Developers to Transport Undertakers. You will lead technical, delivery and customer focused teams, ensuring efficient and safe delivery across a high-profile area of the business.

We are offering a salary of between £40,000 and £50,000, dependant on skills and experience as well as 26 days holiday allowance, an industry leading pension scheme and a range of other flexible benefits.

We’re also proud to be here for our local community around Reading, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

About us:

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times. We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer, welcoming applications from all walks of life to join our diverse team. We’re also leading the way with our award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.