Head of Project Delivery

Competitive salary
29 Mar 2021
18 Apr 2021
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including flexi time, 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), civil service pension scheme, gym membership contribution, and professional membership.

Flexible working:

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

About the role:

This is an exciting new role at the Coal Authority created by the significant increase in the size of our capital programmes in recent and future years.  The role will lead the Project Delivery team and manage a portfolio of projects and capital investment programmes with an annual budget of approximately £30m.

The delivery programmes are focussed around developing new and refurbished operational assets and interventions to manage and treat mine water from abandoned coal and metal mines.  These projects help to achieve the Coal Authority’s purpose of protecting and enhancing the environment as part of its mission to create a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

The Project Delivery team will act as a senior supplier to both internal departments such as the Environment Strategy & Sustainability team and external partners where we deliver programmes of work for, and in collaboration with, DEFRA , the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

The role will be focussed on ensuring the team deliver the needs of the business, drive continuous improvement and efficiency in delivery and ensure the solutions meet the Coal Authority’s sustainability goal of net zero carbon by 2030.

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

We are looking for an experienced leader with a background in the delivery of operational projects and programmes creating new & refurbished capital assets. Ideally you will come from a water, infrastructure or environmental protection background or have significant transferable experience.

We want someone who is focussed on continuous improvement and will drive change to create efficiencies in delivery.

You must be a great motivator, with the ability to develop and support a team to focus on outcomes, look for innovative solutions and deliver to an agreed programme.

You must understand the importance of risk management at project, programme and portfolio level and have a good working knowledge of effective governance and controls.

You should have experience of managing senior internal and external stakeholders through complex and sensitive issues relating to planning, community liaison, and regulation.

You should be a great communicator and collaborator with experience of working across multiple internal and external team and with external suppliers and customers.

Working at the Coal Authority:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at peopleteam@coal.gov.uk   or by phone on 0345 762 6848.

Other essential information


Application closing date: Sunday 18th April 2021

The Coal Authority is currently following all required social distancing practices during our recruitment process.

Application outcome:

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 

Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply.