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Client Side Project Manager (Projects up to £2m Construction Value)

University of Cambridge - Estates Division - Projects

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Competitive Salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Job Ref: BA39568

The Role:

The Project Leader(s) (multiple roles in the Projects Organisation) report either directly to the Head of Projects (who in turn reports to the Director of Programme Delivery) or to a Senior Project Leader. These are senior roles which include the ability to create relationships at the most senior level within the University. The role will encompass a wide sphere of influence over staff, strategic decisions around investment and asset and property development and delivery as well as financial understanding and tactical control and intervention in the delivery of capital projects whose individual value can reach up to £2m construction value.

The University of Cambridge has the largest estate in Higher Education with an existing 784,000m2 built space within 345 teaching, research and operational buildings. The operational estate is valued at £3.7 billion (Insurance Replacement Cost) and comprises a diverse range from Grade 1 Listed buildings to state-of-the-art laboratories.

Estates Division (ED) is responsible for high-level strategic planning, the delivery of major and minor construction programmes and maintenance of the estate as well as a wide range of University-wide services.

About you:

In order to succeed in this role, you will join us with:

  •  Prior experience in personally leading the delivery of complex projects requiring significant planning and co-ordination work to be undertaken.
  •  Proven ability to deliver projects from inception to practical completion.
  •  Experience of programme delivery and programme management
  •  Experience of managing a team of project professional staff and portfolio project delivery
  •  Experience of live construction sites and exposure to being part of a positive Health & Safety culture on site.
  •  Demonstrable track record in implementing quality standards and systems, with attention to detail.
  •  Commercial and cost management experience (Contract types, procurement, risk and cost)

Key Managerial Elements Of The Role Include

Setting and oversees strategy (with support from line manager) for management of design quality for multiple projects and their safe delivery through the project life cycle.

Manages multiple teams across diverse projects types. This will include University staff and external consultants at a senior level.

Creates and manages a policy and system for management of design teams in conjunction with the Project Delivery Manual processes. All projects are different, and the role holder will have to create a Project Execution Plan and appropriate management regime to suit each project.

Set standards for projects in conjunction with Project Boards and University process.

The role holder shall be expected to operate at a high level of liaison and networking with senior people both within and outside the University and to present as a professional and commanding representative of the University. This will include taking responsibility for the instruction of workstreams and actions to deliver projects.

Benefits of working at the University of Cambridge include: 

  •  Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  •  Generous annual leave allowance
  •  Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;
  •  Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries)
  •  An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;
  •  Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  •  Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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