Senior Project Manager

Job Title: Senior Project Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-07-05
Reference: 4442
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 05, 2019 17:15

Job Description

About the role:

Thames Water carries out 15,000 new water connections every year and deals with more than 45,000 requests to connect to a public sewer. Handling the applications, designs, pricing and delivery across a complex and heavily regulated business is all managed by our Developer Services Team.

The Major Projects Team within Developer Services, leads and delivers work for internal and external customers on some of the region’s largest and most complex developments, from the delivery of new water and waste services to large new housing developments, to the diversion and protection of existing assets for major infrastructure schemes.

As a Senior Project Manager, you will lead and motivate multi-disciplinary teams across a single large or a portfolio of complex projects, through the entire project life cycle from initial study through to delivery and final account. You will aim to achieve the most effective business solution for Thames Water, liaising with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Other responsibilities will include:

Management of emerging risks and opportunities through the project life cycle.
Drive continuous improvement in activities within the immediate team and wider team.

Lead and develop a high performing team focussed on briefing and delivering specified outputs in an efficient, effective and commercially sound manner.

Initiate and develop communication and strong working relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

Progress reporting against, time, cost and quality.

Commercial management and forecasting.

Delivery of the project against time, quality and cost requirements.

Act as the main and central point of contact managing contractors and suppliers to deliver best value solutions to agreed programmes.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

We are looking for someone with extensive project management experience, within the water and waste utilities industry. You will be comfortable adapting your communication style to delivery teams as well as more corporate senior stakeholders, and you will display demonstrable experience of this.

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

The ability to gain credibility quickly is essential and demonstrating experience working with external customers in a regulated environment on large infrastructure schemes, 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 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 the Developer Services Major Projects Team, playing a pivotal role leading high profile projects.

You will be overseeing a technical and knowledgeable team, ensuring efficient delivery across a high-profile area of the business. You will play a lead role in the delivery of the programme and will maintain a culture of accountability, achievement and development amongst members of the team.

As a leader within Developer Services you will have the opportunity to work across teams to help mould and deliver a best in class service to customers as well as a great place to work for our people.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community around Swindon, 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.