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Title Project Manager
Ref HE/3295
Directorate Major Projects
Location Guildford
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
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

Highways England are currently recruiting a talented Project Manager to be based in our Guildford Office.

Role Purpose:

  • As Project Manager you will be responsible for delivering the project, with authority and responsibility from the Project Board to run the project on a day-to-day basis, successfully challenging approach to delivery to drive innovative solutions and savings in both time and cost.  Leading and managing the project team in a matrix environment.
  • The Project Manager has an important role in interfacing between the project and the supporting business areas. This is important for communicating and encouraging the need for transformation and change in tandem with the delivery of new capabilities from the project.
  • The post holder will be required to accept Project Manager responsibilities consistent with the Governments Infrastructure and Projects Association Guidelines. 


The project manager, operating within the agreed reporting structure, is responsible for:

  • Developing and drafting concise business cases, with clear benefits.  Presenting business cases, feasibility and design proposals with solid recommendations and solutions to gain funding approval
  • Agreeing key project milestones, scope, acceptable risks and priorities with the Programme Manager, ensure appropriate plans and governance is in place to achieve successful stage gate reviews
  • Accountable for project cost base, proactively manage project costs and forecasts and present project costs and variances with required explanations at the monthly review
  • Proactively challenge delivery partners to look for innovative approaches to delivering enhanced customer experience, reduce delivery timescales and costs.  Identifying best practice and sharing lessons learnt across peers to improve overall business performance
  • Identify project and cross-project risks and dependencies.  Manage dependencies and enact risk mitigations with escalations as necessary
  • Identify and maintain professional relationships with key project stakeholders.  Ensure regular checkpoints take place to build trust, update on progress, and address any concerns.
  • Manage project resource, building capability to enhance individual and team performance.  Mentor and coach others within the project team
  • Responsibility for proactively driving the day-to-day planning, progress and monitoring of the project, managing project risks and the development of contingency plans
  • Applying robust project management and change control principles
  • Commission and manage delivery partners and expert consultancy support as appropriate, setting clear expectations for health and safety performance, time, cost, and quality
  • Accurate reporting project progress through highlight reports and end-stage assessments
  • Full ownership for managing project delivery, named person in the delivery partner contract and leading key meetings to ensuring all stakeholders inc. suppliers are aware of the project’s progress with support from the project team
  • Make sure projects are completed within set timeframes, completed accurately and with exceptional health and safety requirements
  • Chair the progress meetings in accordance to the Terms of Reference

You will have:

  • Demonstrate clear experience of successful project delivery, ideally in an infrastructure environment
  • Proven experience of challenging approach to delivery, proactively looking for new approaches to delivery improved performance in health and safety, time, cost, quality or customer experience
  • Experience of robustly manage a project plan and detailed stage plans
  • Experience of working in a multiple stakeholder environment

Willingness to travel to/work in other Highways England offices as required

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all required skills, experience and qualifications as outlined above are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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