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Jacobs Senior Project Manager in Bridgwater, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

Role Overview:

Hinkley Point ‘C’ (HPC) is a vital part of the UK’s future energy strategy. As the first of the UK’s next generation of Nuclear power stations, HPC is both of high profile and high complexity. Its delivery will be reliant not only on innovative engineering and construction but also on the strongest of Leadership qualities amongst its Senior Project Managers. The role is to provide leadership & support to ensure the effective delivery of the Civils Programme of HPC, whilst recognising and managing the impacts of the programme on the wider Project.

This post has the responsibility to ensure delivery of all (or part of) the engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction and commissioning activities for the life cycle of the contract or work package in accordance with the overall Project schedule. This post will ensure planning and delivery is in accordance with all safety, quality, time and cost parameters to meet the needs of the Project.

The Senior Project Manager reports directly to a Delivery Manager (Programme Manager or Programme Director) and is responsible for the direction and leadership of all activities associated with the full life cycle delivery of a major contract or contracts assigned to them.

The Hinkley Point C Project is split into programmes or work aligned to either plant islands or disciplined-based scope; which are in turn broken down into further contracts or packages of work in accordance with the Contract and Work Breakdown Structure(s). Each programme will be delivered in part by Client resources and in part through one or more (interrelated) major contracts.

This post will manage a major contract or contracts.

Would manage a large, complex contract – typically over £100M in capital value.

Have in the region of 3 to 5 direct reports – plus a matrix team of other disciplines forming the project delivery team.

Include interaction with Client in France and/or with HPC Site Construction Team although will still operate in a matrix management structure. This may involve the management of design (in France and UK), procurement; commercial and construction resources of between 20 and 50 staff.

The contract managed by the Senior Project Manager may involve between 200-1000 contractor staff and numerous external stakeholders.

Business Unit Description:

The Nuclear New Build (NNB) team are the Programme Management Partner for the Client at Hinkley Point C.

This dynamic Team provide support to Buildings & Civils:

Project Management & delivery of Building and Civil Work on the main construction site:

Conventional Island

Balance of Plant

Nuclear Island

Specific work packages include:


Main Civil Works

Marine Works

Heat Sink

Project management & co-ordination of multi-disciplinary team to deliver scope

Main Accountabilities:

  • Define the work scope to be delivered within the contract or package of work and the interfaces to the other elements of the programme.

  • Securing the required resources to meet their project requirements, ensuring the maintenance of SQEP (Suitably Qualified Experienced Personnel) for any assigned resource and promptly identifying any personnel shortfalls or issues within their project team.

  • Developing and executing effective execution strategies and plans in line with the overall Programme Execution Plan (PEP), setting out how the programme of work will be managed, organised and executed. The PEP sets out the “why”, “what”, “how”, “when” and “who” for the delivery of the programme.

  • Maintaining effective communications with all stakeholders and execute the project or PEP strategies within their contract or package of work.

  • Drive the delivery of the contract or package activities to ensure they are delivered safely, on time, to budget, meeting business and technical requirements. Monitor and manage the progress of the programme - track progress against milestones, deadlines, budget and provide key stakeholders with reports on these matters.

  • Anticipate, manage and resolve issues within the contract or package. Identify risks and facilitate the resolution of all issues raised, develop and update the programme budget, and escalate any issues.

  • Ensure level 3 schedules are developed and maintained for the contract or package of work. Ensure such schedules are consistent with overall Project schedules (levels 1 and level 2). Escalate any discrepancies to the Project Controls Director.

  • Review Contractor supplied Level 3- and 16-week rolling Schedules.

  • Ensure the List of Deliverables (LOD) relating to the scope of work is delivered.

  • Apply the principles of Earned Value Management (EVM).

  • Ensure that lessons-learnt and knowledge-capture are practiced as business as usual.

  • Interface with other programmes to ensure a high-level view of how the total project is progressing and to identify and adopt the use of best practice.

  • Ensure that contract or package contractual requirements are fulfilled.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all project team members.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here is what you will need

Essential :

  • Degree and chartered status in an engineering, construction, physics or other related field.

  • Track record of delivering projects within a technically complex and dynamic environment whilst ensuring high levels of safety, security and environmental responsibility, ideally within the Nuclear Energy sector or similar regulated environment.

  • Demonstrate success in managing / developing:

  • Engineering design, contract and field execution strategies for project delivery,

  • Multi-discipline EPCM projects,

  • Procurement and management of complex contracts,

  • Control of costs; risk; schedule and change and proficient in the use of Earned Value tools,

  • Close out of commercial claims and the associated negotiations.

  • Experience of successfully engaging groups of Stakeholders.

  • Able to demonstrate strong management skills including project management, financial management, change management and facilitation.

  • Proficient in the use of estimating scheduling, programming and risk tools.

  • Experience of managing contractors, consultants and other advisors throughout large and complex construction projects, in a regulated environment. Including NEC or FIDIC contracts.

  • Good presentation, influencing and facilitation skills.

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills, able to develop relationships and maintain effective networks.

  • Strong numerical and analytical skills.

  • Detailed understanding of PWR design and experience in PWR operations.

  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation including Construction (Design & Management) and Health and Safety at Work act.

  • Knowledge and / or practitioner of Project Management with experience of applying either; APM body of knowledge and OGC's PRINCE2.

  • Can demonstrate experience of managing project through the project lifecycle from concept to handover.

  • Understanding the needs of nuclear Quality and how nuclear Quality is assured and controlled.

  • Understand how to apply a graded approach to Quality.

  • Accuracy, tenacity, diplomacy, results oriented.

  • MS office proficient.

  • English fluent – written & verbal.

Desirable :

  • Nuclear experience, working within a regulated, licenced environment.

  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution would be an advantage.

  • Self-motivated & able to work on own initiative.

  • French language – written & verbal.

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