Assistant Project Manager
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Your new Role
Highways England is currently recruiting for an Assistant Project Manager to join our Programme Development Team in Guildford. The successful applicant will manage the development of the future renewals and improvements projects for various highway assets. In this role you will work closely with the internal and external stakeholders to manage the feasibility stage of schemes in Highways England’s capital renewals programme, coordinate a robust and systemic programme development and value management process for the Region, help to define, capture and document the business objectives of proposed investments or solutions and ensure best value, developing whole-life solutions to meet those objectives.
What you’ll be leading on
• Work with key stakeholder to develop the region’s 5-10 years forward programme of work, coordinating inputs and activities across multiple regional teams (e.g. Route Management and Asset Needs Management).
• Develop scheme project briefs and business cases for the forward programme, ensuring business outcomes are clearly articulated, and that all necessary stakeholders (e.g. engineering, design, delivery, supply chain teams etc.) provide inputs and are consulted on the development of proposed solutions / designs.
• Develop packages of work for scheme delivery suppliers (e.g. Design suppliers), ensuring that these accurately reflect the work required to address the asset need.
• Project manage and coordinate feasibility studies and activities involved in solution development.
• Manage programme development related activities within expected timescales and quality standards, ensuring activities are well planned and coordinated and that all supporting information and documents are effectively stored and controlled.
• Control the region’s project brief and business case approval process, liaising with Route Managers to manage timescales and impacts on the forward programme planning process.
• Provide technical value management (VM) knowledge to assess proposed solutions / designs against overall costs and benefits; present proposals and recommendations to stakeholders (e.g. Route Managers, Asset Engineers) to agree sustainable solutions, with due regard to funding and delivery constraints.
• Evaluate VM implications for in-flight projects with significant design and/or scope deviation, and provide recommendations to inform management decision making.
• Recommend opportunities to improve programme development and VM processes and approaches; champion and share best practice, and promote compliance to recognised standards.
To be successful
• Experience in managing and programming potentially complex projects involving multiple suppliers and challenging timelines. Experience in the Highways sector would be highly beneficial.
• Civil Engineering qualifications / accreditation OR significant demonstrable experience in a comparable role
• Good commercial and financial acumen, including budget management.
• Experience of Asset management decision making (capital investment appraisal and value optimisation, lifecycle costs, value for money processes, sustainability development, criteria and financial evaluation methods)
• Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills.
A bit about us
Highways England are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. 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 yet to be done. Considering that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.
Why you should join us
At Highways England we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers.
So if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.
We reserve the right to close before the advertised closing date, so we recommend completing your application as soon as possible.