Project Manager

Balfour Beatty
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Competitive salary
Closing date
9 Aug 2021

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Job Details

Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to join our Regional team to work site based A34, Oxford.

Role Purpose:

  • Provide overall control, management and take sole responsibility for the delivery of section of the site based construction project work and/or assist (Senior) Project Manager in the management and delivery of sections of a larger scale project or projects;
  • To provide management, leadership and control of a multi-disciplinary team. Management of trade contractors and their integration is key to the role, as is an ability to manage site logistics;
  • To meet customer specifications (safety, quality, time, etc.) such that all risk, specification and project objectives are met in full.


What you'll be doing


As a Project Manager you will:


  • Overall responsibility for the successful completion of the section or works/overall project and to lead by example, managing the day to day delivery of construction projects;
  • Ensure site records are accurately maintained and available;
  • Ensure all team members are fully inducted and carry out role specific requirements, identifying opportunities for improvement;
  • Lead and motivate the team and manage performance, undertaking training/ coaching as appropriate;
  • Draw up and monitor short term programmes;
  • Maintain accurate progress records;
  • Deliver regular Toolbox Talks and positively engage the team;
  • Awareness of budget, cost control and cost recovery, ensuring that expenditure is in line with the contract budget and that resources are utilised efficiently.

Health Safety & Environmental:

  • Responsible for the safety and welfare of the general public, staff and supply chain within area of control under the strict observance of the safety policy and in conjunction with local HSE;
  • Carry out periodic Safety & Environment Tours as required by the Project H & S Plan;
  • Support Accident / Incident Investigations;
  • Identify and implement improvement options and lead action / instigate as appropriate;
  • Lead periodic risk reviews and present to the Project Risk Register, and recommend changes;
  • Keep up to date with changes in legislation and cascade information to the team.

Production Control:

  • Manage sub-contractors, including monitoring of contractor attendance and progress, providing direct instruction and support as necessary, such that contractual arrangements are achieved;
  • Produce and regularly review the project programme to ensure completion on time under the supervision of a Project Manager;
  • Ensure that detailed plans are available commensurate with the overall project plan, such that material/resources/supply chain can be delivered to meet scheduled deadlines.


  • Maintain targets and KPI’s in line with Project objectives and monitor performance;
  • Ensure site audits are undertaken and take appropriate action on the findings;
  • Proactively implement systems and processes to manage the quality of the constructive works;
  • Lead working groups focused on Improvement Areas.


  • Carry out constructive analysis of fully resourced programme and report findings;
  • Manage sub-contractor performance based on KPI’s;
  • Ensure production of operational target programmes to reflect overall construction programme;
  • Liaise with Project Manager to keep fully aware of project progress and ensure that all additional work is identified and that the Senior Project Team are notified of all potential opportunities and financial, specification and time risks.


Who we're looking for


The following qualities/experience are essential:


  • A successful track record in managing operational delivery within a construction environment;
  • Able to clearly communicate the requirements of a safe system of work to ensure that these are followed accurately, and experience in implementing systems improvements;
  • Capable of taking ownership of tasks and communicating outcomes with clarity; experienced at  encouraging direct reports to do the same and managing a team to ensure tasks are carried out effectively and key messages cascaded;
  • Ability to work under pressure to deadlines, and a flexible attitude towards work in order to deal with a variable and demanding workload;
  • CSCS Card and SMSTS qualified; must be willing to become First Aid qualified;
  • Excellent team player and team leader, able to work competently and independently without supervision;
  • Able and willing to make decisions following consideration of options based on best available information; track record of solution orientated approach to resolve issues;
  • Excellent communication skills with good interpersonal and influencing skills;
  • Ability to confidently deliver presentations;
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages (MS Word, Excel);
  • Excellent role model for team and demonstrates required behaviours to align to business, project and team objectives;
  • Is a self-starter who can manage their own time;
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience of managing a multi-disciplined team.

Health Safety & Environmental:

  • Understands method statements and can coach others in document production;
  • Understands and can guide others in the principles of Accident / Incident Investigation;
  • Good working knowledge of current H & S legislation;
  • Proficient in the application of H&S management.


  • Understands the Organisational Business Management Systems and processes;
  • Clear understanding and experience of the requirements for handover and self-certification of the works.


  • Used to setting and successfully managing targets in line with budget;
  • Able to produce a realistic programme and proactively track progress;
  • Able to identify elements for cost recovery from others and guide team members in maintaining project records;
  • Good understanding of the standard forms of contracts

The following qualities/experience are desirable:

  • Experience of working on a variety of project types;
  • Scaffold awareness/experience;
  • Temporary Works experience;
  • Holds a relevant formal qualification or is pursuing one;
  • Holds a current driving license


Why work for us


Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.


About us


At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

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