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Senior Project Manager

Employer
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
Location
16 Summer Lane, Birmingham
Salary
£50,183 - £56,171
Closing date
21 Jul 2024
Reference
WMCA/TP/155/313

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Highways / Transport / Traffic
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

TfWM’s Delivery Directorate is expanding to support the delivery of c£1.2 billion capital transport infrastructure portfolio. As a result, we are looking to add a dynamic Senior Project Manager to our Transport Portfolio Office, supporting the evolution of our Metro Programme, delivering significant extension and enhancement projects across the region. This is a critical role that will be part of building and establishing new discipline and supporting a growing team that empowers and enables progress across the programme. 
Working closely with the Programme Lead, technical and delivery colleagues, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders, you will establish and oversee robust project management support for the delivery teams, working across projects in metro. This integral role in the team facilitating timely progress and successful delivery to time, cost and scope to the agreed business case.
This role requires someone who is dynamic, a critical thinker, a creative problem solver and has strong interpersonal skills. You will have significant experience of delivering construction projects and be a resilient leader that can inject positivity and nurture and develop a growing team.
What you will be doing. 
  • Work closely with the Programme Lead, overseeing the implementation of best practice project management in the programme.
  • Lead and support the completion of critical programme deliverables, overseeing and supporting project and delivery managers to enable timely progress on projects.
  • Establish and manage stakeholder communications across the programme and in support of projects.
  • Establish and implement project level governance, processes and practices and monitor performance of all projects. 
  • Provide senior management support and advice to project and delivery managers and act as a point of escalation for any project risks and issues.
  • Support the preparation and completion of major change controls, project and board reports for approval and dissemination.
  • Ensure accuracy of information and transparency of project progress, helping to facilitate risk, scope, cost and schedule management.
What’s essential.
  • Significant, demonstrable experience delivering major infrastructure projects, for Transport (i.e., Light/Heavy Rail, Highways).
  • Significant experience coordinating the work of multi-disciplinary project teams and line management experience.
  • Proven experience establishing and implementing project controls, governance, and reporting.
  • Experience of contract management through the procurement and management of suppliers.
  • Experience working with and managing internal and external stakeholders/partners/funders on behalf of a project.
  • Substantive experience leading large project teams to successful completion.
  • Excellent organisational, written, and verbal skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Professional project/programme management qualifications or equivalent experience: APM, PMP, Prince 2
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will be prompted to register for an account, which you can do using your name and email address. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV when registering. Uploading your CV will auto-populate the employment and education sections of your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have submitted your application. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to check the information is correct and format your profile so that it really stands out. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement which should fully outline your suitability for the role, highlighting how your skills and experience match the essential job criteria. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. For more information on how to apply, please visit the FAQ page on our career site.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the application or recruitment process (for example, you might need to submit your application in a different format), please get in touch with our Recruitment Team (careers@wmca.org.uk). We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees. Requests for salaries above the maximum advertised range will not be considered. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme (one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK), 28 days paid annual leave (plus an option to purchase more!), ethical saving options and healthcare plans, paid volunteering days, free financing for the latest technology, discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers, and more. For more information, please visit the benefits page on our career site.
Hybrid working and location. We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. Please note, this is the minimum expectation. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. We believe that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing applicants with disabilities who meet all the essential role criteria. 
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Right to Work in the UKApplicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK, in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. 
Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

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Telephone
0121 200 2787
Location
16 Summer Lane
Birmingham
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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