Deputy Project Sponsor - Metro
The role of Deputy Project Sponsor is one which has stakeholder relations right at its very core. Working across the Alliance and its stakeholders, you will ensure that needs are understood and are met. As Deputy Project Sponsor, you will support the Project Sponsor in successfully monitoring and coordinating all programmes and projects required to deliver the Birmingham Westside, Birmingham Eastside, Wolverhampton City Centre, Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extensions and Sprint, ensuring that these are progressed in a collaborative manner that ensures the best interests of the extension are considered in line with scheme objectives and financial targets.
Who we need
The scope of delivery will include civil works, structures, track, power supply and systems and so naturally, we are looking for someone who has the required skills and experience to help us deliver the extension programme. We’re looking for someone who understands project management methodologies and who has practical experience of successfully delivering Civils or similar engineering type projects. If you have experience in the management of the delivery of light rail / tramway schemes, then we would be extremely keen to hear from you.
To succeed in this role, you’ll be confident in dealing with internal and external key stakeholders, contractors and service providers, able to build effective working relationships and holding people to account. Key to your success will be your keen focus on time, cost and quality.
About the team
Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, is responsible for making transport ‘happen’. We plan, develop and manage an integrated transport system for the West Midlands that is clean, safe, affordable and accessible for all. Our ambition is to create a happier, healthier and better-connected region through improving transport.
The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) is a team of planning, design and construction specialists building a number of new tram extensions over the coming decade on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The Alliance consists of the WMCA, which owns the Midland Metro; a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann; and rail construction specialists Colas Rail – with Colas’ sub-alliance partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale and Auctus Management Group.
With around £1.3bn being invested in extending the tram system across the West Midlands, this is an unprecedented light rail infrastructure project to help deliver a lasting legacy that will enable social and economic regeneration across the region.
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.
As an employer we fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us. We are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. 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.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As the WMCA is undergoing a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
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.
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.
Throughout lockdown, most of us have been working remotely and as we begin to look forward to leading a more normal life, we’re planning a new approach to the way we use our office space. We want to develop a flexible approach to the workplace which retains some of the benefits of working from home. This hybrid approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time, blending the best of home and office working.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.