Lead Project Manager

Chester Zoo
Chester, Cheshire
£53,086 a year
26 Jul 2018
12 Aug 2018
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Lead, manage and deliver strategic projects up to £10M in value, from inception to completion within approved budgets, providing value for money and delivering to timelines to meet the strategic plan as agreed by the Executive Board and Trustees.
  • Support the Capital Development Director and Executive in delivering the Strategic Development Plan.
  • Identify and regularly communicate with the key internal and external stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle. Establish and understand stakeholder requirements including visitor experience, organisational behaviour and culture. Understand and manage the impact of our activities on others.
  • Lead, develop and coach your team to ensure they achieve both personal, professional goals and deliver on projects. Ensure individual and team CPD to keep abreast with current and emerging technologies and industry best practices. Ensure activities focus on the right areas and work is completed effectively, in line with current legislative requirements both environmentally and with reference to physical developments.
  • Maintain appropriate records - establishing key success criteria and delivering to those, including time, cost, and safety, environmental and quality parameters.
  • Develop and maintain project management processes to align with organisational Governance requirements, including client approvals and decision making, procurement, change management, handover, risk management.
  • Ensure the production of detailed documentation to demonstrate the statutory and legislative compliance of projects – ensuring discharge of designer and client duties including planning, building regs, CDM 2015, and contractual obligations.
  • Ensure that life cycle costings and sustainable criteria are fully considered during the design and construction processes, through consultation with colleagues within the team and the Zoo.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree or similar qualification in architecture/building construction/services/engineering disciplines, or equivalent experience in a similar role
  • Membership of, or working towards, a recognised relevant professional body eg. APM/ RICS/ ICE/ CIOB
  • Substantial experience working in a project management role

Proven experience of:

  • Managing major building and estate projects from inception to completion
  • Working in a collaborative and diplomatic manner with a broad range of stakeholder groups
  • Building design and specification across a broad spectrum of building types
  • Commissioning electrical or mechanical engineering systems
  • Building technology in respect of construction and maintenance
  • Working with construction and related contracts
  • Health and safety risk management to analyse risks associated with proposed projects
  • Managing large budgets effectively
  • Working with procurement and tendering procedures
  • Management of teams of construction professionals and contractors
  • Thorough knowledge of planning and building regulations
  • Commercial acumen and vision
  • High level problem solving skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Construction Design Management Regulations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • High level initiative and decision making skills
  • Team working, with the ability to cope with competing demands
  • Strong customer focus
  • Strong numeracy and IT skills
  • Understanding of AutoCAD
  • Utilisation of project management software

The following would also be desirable:

  • Managing safely IOSH certificate
  • Experience of energy conservation and lifecycle cost assessments
  • Specialist skills of managerial, financial, operational and strategic management
  • Understanding of fire safety and building control regulations
  • Understanding of procurement procedures, frameworks etc.
  • Utilisation of AutoCAD

Hours of work are 40 hours per week. The normal working week is Monday to Friday with hours varying between 07:30 and 17:30, working in co-ordination with other team members. Some flexibility regarding working days and hours will be required, to suit project requirements.

The salary for this position is £53,086.44 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which include a defined contribution pension scheme, death in service benefit, healthcare cash plan and free admittance tickets. Full details can be found at www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers/working-at-chester-zoo

To apply for this position, please click apply now to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Lead Project Manager role.

Closing date for applications is 12 August 2018
Interviews will be held on 22 August 2018