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Title A303 Project Manager
Ref HE/3308
Directorate Major Projects
Location Bristol
Salary £58,434 - £67,199
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 24 Jan 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However even more is planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

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Job Description

Are you a forward thinking Project Manager and interested in joining a dynamic new organisation?


CIP (Complex Infrastructure Programme) was formed to establish a programme approach for the delivery of three major schemes; A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, a new Lower Thames Crossing and A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down. This role is required to specifically lead on the A303 Project.

Each is classed as “Tier 1”, meaning they are in the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP), due to a combination of level of investment, complexity of stakeholder and political landscape and their importance as elements of national infrastructure that will lead to wider economic growth.

The A303 Stonehenge project is of national significance. It is one of the main routes from London to the South West, passing the famous prehistoric monument, Stonehenge.

The Role
As a project manager you be responsible for managing the A303 project management team to ensure that the project is delivered to key time, efficiency and customer targets. Specialist roles will include pre-construction and construction programme management posts.

We are looking for a driven and ambitious individual with either proven engineering/infrastructure programme design and planning experience or those with proven engineering/infrastructure construction stage experience who have extensive stakeholder engagement skills and a track record or driving continuous improvement across this environment.

Candidates should have strong leadership skills as they will play a crucial role in driving the strategic development and capability of the project.

You should have extensive experience of delivering collaboratively in a multi stakeholder environment and the ability to manage portfolios of £800 to 1 billion.

Key responsibilities:

  • To lead the Health, Safety & Well-being agenda and to actively engage the supply chain in promoting a “leading H&S culture”.
  • Delivering the project according to the requirements and standards established by the Project Board;
  • Leading, motivating and directing Work-stream Leaders and the PMO Manager, ensuring alignment between them all;
  • Holding all contracts of external suppliers and advisors and directing them to deliver their contributions to the project;
  • Preparing the baseline management products such as the Project Initiation Document (PID), deliverable descriptions, work-stream descriptions, stage/exception plans etc.;
  • Managing production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary;
  • Establishing and managing the project controls (monitoring, reporting etc.); and
  • Advising the Project Director of any deviations from the plan and escalating issues which require the attention of the  Project Board.
  • Ensure compliance with the appropriate governance arrangements
  • Engage with, and influence, colleagues and senior management to generate support for project proposals, overcome obstacles to delivery and work collaboratively across the business.

You must have:

  • Proven capability of successfully leading infrastructure delivery projects, particularly in early phases of their development prior to construction.
  • Proven success in leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams, fostering challenge and innovation, improving team performance and creating a successful delivery culture;
  • Cultural leadership of health and safety
  • Proven capability in building high performing teams and effective development of team members
  • Demonstrable evidence of delivery in a complex customer facing organisation using a recognised Programme and Project framework
  • Evidence of successful engagement and influencing of internal and external stakeholders
  • Promotion of supply chain engagement and collaborative delivery
  • Fluent and effective communication skills
  • A recognised Project Management qualification at ideally IPMA level B or equivalent would also be desirable.

Behaviours and attributes required:

  • Lead by example, role modelling the behaviours, values and culture of Highways England and CIP.
  • Provide Leadership and exhibit the types of attitudes and behaviours that are needed to promote collaboration and cooperation at all levels and between all team members.
  • Be an experienced and effective professional who is articulate, methodical, systematic and capable of communicating at all levels, from technical specialists to senior Civil Servants and Government Ministers

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