Programme & Project Manager

Stockport, Greater Manchester
Up to £400 per day
13 Mar 2019
03 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Client: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) – based primarily in Stockport Council offices. The role is required for 4 days/week.

TCAP is a five year £73.2m package of measures which aims to transform the accessibility and connectivity to and around Stockport town centre. Considering access by all modes of travel, the plan aims to ease congestion for general road traffic, buses and freight, and encourage walking and cycling. Commencing in 2015, TCAP is 80% complete with completion anticipated by mid 2020.

The key schemes on site or to be delivered in the remainder of the programme Include:

  • Improved access to the M60 Junction 1 involving a new link road from the A6 to Travis Brow;
  • Improved South-North links on the West side of the town with a new one way gyratory system around Kingston Street and King Street West between Wood Street and Chestergate;
  • A6 corridor enhancements between George’s Road and Bramhall Lane including improved public realm, pedestrian crossings, cycle facilities and bus provision;
  • Public realm improvements to support Stockport Exchange Phase 3-5 office development;
  • Highway and public realm improvements in the Markets, Underbanks and Merseyway area of the town centre;
  • Highway improvements at Hall Street / Banks Lane and Turncroft Lane;
  • Highway improvements at Hempshaw Lane / Lowndes Lane;
  • Works to improve access to the new Stockport Interchange (bus station); and
  • New and improved pedestrian and cycle routes into Stockport town centre from the east including a new bridge over the Goyt and a new signal controlled crossing at Stockport Road West / Welkin Road.

The Interchange Bridge & Highways project is a circa £4.2m project delivered in two separate phases. The first phase, bridge construction is complete and the highways construction phase commenced in January 2019. Completion is anticipated in July 2019. The projects provides a new crossing of the River Mersey at Astley Street & Swaine Street, connecting Chestergate with Heaton Lane.

Activities to be carried out as part of the role include:

  • Report to the Project Director, SRO and Project Board.
  • Project manage through the design development and delivery stages ensuring designs and outturn costs are within project budgets.
  • Manage the TCAP project team, providing support and guidance and assisting with personal development.
  • Lead on the development and submission of robust governance to the appropriate gateway for approvals. 
  • Maintenance of and compliance with Project Execution Plans and project Governance including compliance with the Delivery Agreement.
  • Chairing of project, and attendance at Project Board, meetings.
  • Liaison with and management of internal and external project stakeholders including Members, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Finance, Planning, Regeneration and Network colleagues within the Council.
  • Overall responsibility for:
    • Design development and approval.
    • Construction and handover.
    • Contract management.
    • SHE leadership and compliance including CDM.
    • Stakeholder management including minimising disruption.
    • Cost management.
    • Budget management.
    • Financial forecasting.
    • Project controls.
    • Programme / schedule management.
    • Resource management including support and development.
    • Risk management.
    • Reporting.
  • Preparation and presentation of monthly Board papers including progress reports.
  • Preparation and presentation of quarterly spend updates and spend forecasts for SMBC, TfGM / GMCA and DfT.
  • Presentations to Senior Management and External Stakeholders, as required.
  • Production of monthly Growth Deal reports and attendance at TfGM monthly progress meetings.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The following skills, qualifications and experiences are required / desirable:

  • A Chartered Engineer, preferably with Management or Project Management qualifications.
  • A Health & Safety leader, experienced in working in compliance with the CDM 2015 Regulations is essential.
  • Experience at design and construction stages of transport infrastructure projects to time and budget, which meet the needs of the customer and stakeholders is essential.
  • Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team on a wide range of projects in a town centre environment is desirable.
  • Experience of being a role model in a senior leadership position upholding the programme’s values and creating positive working relationships is essential.
  • Experience of planning and managing an integrated team and work programmes is essential.
  • Strong management, negotiating, analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to interpret complex data, both text and numerical, whilst working to tight deadlines and meeting funding and operational targets are required.
  • Commercial awareness and knowledge of the NEC suite of contracts using various payment mechanisms is required.
  • Financial acumen (including managing budgets) is essential.
  • Ability to lead on partnership working with a wide range of stakeholders is required.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders using a variety of forms of communication is essential. You will have experience of presenting information to a range of political, professional and public audiences.