We have a fantastic opportunity to recruit an experienced Project Manager to lead on a transformational conservation project at Barrington Court, a Grade I listed Tudor manor house in Somerset. Set in the South Somerset landscape on the edge of the village of Barrington, near Ilminster, the property is made up of two houses – Court House and Strode House.
This post will play a pivotal role in addressing the recommended objectives from the property’s most recent Quinquennial Reviews (2012 and 2017) and subsequent related surveys, in line with its Conservation Management Plan (2021). The project will focus on:
- Delivery of a full scheme of repairs to both mansion house roofs;
- Delivery of associated insulation, chimney repairs, lightening conductors, parapet and external masonry repairs, M&E installations, guttering and rainwater management, external and internal redecoration; and
- Supporting operational teams with the delivery of an effective visitor business and experience, running in parallel with and as an integral part of the building works.
The full scope of repairs and the duration of the project will be established during feasibility stages. Completion will result in buildings that are safe, secure, and watertight and where no further external roof works are anticipated for a further 15 - 20 years.
You will have a successful track record of delivering construction projects to agreed time, cost and quality standards for projects with a value of between £1m- £5m. You’ll be either a chartered building professional with Project Management qualification or a qualified Project Manager with recent experience of managing complex building projects through the use of mixed discipline design teams.
Salary up to £50000 pa
What it's like to work here
The National Trust Consultancy is a multidisciplinary team of experts - a flexible and deployable resource of specialist skills and experience in every field of our work. Our purpose is to deliver the Trust’s Strategy by providing a great service to properties and collaborating across boundaries to make things happen.
We know that we can't serve our diverse audiences without firstly celebrating the diversity of our people. That's why we work hard to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We welcome and value difference, so however you look, wherever you come from and whatever your favourite TV programme, if the following describes you, then we would like to hear from you ...
- Able to flourish in a complex and collaborative working environment.
- An encourager, eager to share your knowledge and experience to help others.
- Passionate about supporting the National Trust to deliver its aims and objectives.
- Someone who comes to work each day to be the best you can and to learn and develop.
What you'll be doing
Working within the National Trust’s Project Management Framework, you will take this transformational project at Barrington Court, from feasibility to handover. The role will include leading engagement with stakeholders and key funding partners as we develop the right solution for the project. Through effective time management, you will make sure that the work delivers at pace and within funding deadlines. Your responsibility will run through until the project is handed back to the property and running smoothly as part of business as usual. You will also be expected to play an active part in the Trust’s wider project management community - a network of sharing of best practice and mentoring, as well as technical support and development, ensuring that our projects are delivering benefits in line with our national strategy.
Please also read the Role Profile attached to this advert.
Regular site visits between different properties within the SW region will be required. Candidates should be willing and able to travel nationwide for project and programme meetings, where necessary.
Who we're looking for
We will shortlist for interview on the following minimum criteria for the role:
You will have experience of successfully delivering end-to-end project management for construction projects circa £1-5m or multi-workstream projects with a significant construction element over £1M, within complex building conservation environment, including defining resources, leading procurement, contract selection and administration (JCT or similar), securing project teams and matrix management and budget management across multiple workstreams/projects/programmes.
- You will hold a recognised Project (APM PMQ /Prince) or Programme Management (MSP) or Construction Project Management (RICS, CIOB, RIBA, IET) qualification and demonstrate evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date.
- You will possess excellent communication, problem solving and influencing skills and be confident liaising with Senior Leaders, able challenge and interpret advice of your design team and make recommendations to your governance board / Sponsor. Similarly, you will demonstrate experience of managing complex and contentious external stakeholder relationships. You will be able to write clear, concise reports summarising work completed and recommended proposals and present these succinctly to the regional and national investment boards.
- Have extensive experience in historic building conservation and it would be advantageous if you hold a building conservation qualifica tion through either RICS, CIOB, AABC, RIAS, RIBA, CIAT or CARE.
Provide a current CV and Cover Letter demonstrating your relevant skills and experience against the role profile. Please use your Cover Letter to also explain what attracts you to the project(s) and what you could bring to the Trust’s wider project community and Consultancy team.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a first interview, which will be held remotely by WebEx - provisional date 4 November.
Successful first round candidates will be invited to attend a second, face-to-face onsite interview at the property.
The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.
Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.
Benefits for working at the National Trust include:
- Flexible working whenever possible
- Free parking at most locations
- Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary