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Jacobs Senior Project Manager in Harwell, 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

We are currently recruiting for Senior Project Managers to join our Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal business. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary business (including chemists, physicists, geologists, engineers, safety case specialists, mathematicians and project managers) that delivers a range of projects on behalf of both UK-based and international customers.

Our Waste Management, Disposal and Safety Case teams have led the field of research and assessment work related to the safe management and disposal of radioactive waste, for over 30 years. The team has a wide breath of both nationally and internationally respected expertise which underpins the science, technology and engineering to allow the safe disposal of radioactive waste. You will be involved in managing a diverse range of consultancy projects undertaken for our customers in the UK and overseas. The vacancy provides an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their careers in our technically and commercially challenging business.

Key Responsibilities include:

You will be responsible for the management of a range of consultancy, applied R&D and site investigation projects for customers including radioactive waste producers, radioactive waste management organisations and regulators, both in the UK and overseas. You will be expected to manage a portfolio of small to medium sized projects and be able to provide a hands on approach to the management of cost, schedule, scope and quality. A strong stakeholder management and client facing background is highly preferable as you will be the clients project interface. Responsibilities will include:

  • Management and delivery of multiple projects (approx. qty 5 – 15) with a combined value of circa £5M / year approx

  • Hands on management of the delivery of assigned projects ensuring that the work is conducted in a safe, timely and effective manner in line with the relevant procedures.

  • Delivery of projects to the budgeted margins, effective contract changes management and communication throughout the project lifecycle including the active management of change process, application of variations and the associated internal and external governance processes.

  • Direct interface with Clients to develop business opportunities; build relationships and to communicate on project progress and proactively manage change.

  • Prepare and present formal monthly progress reports as part of business governance and client review.

  • Prepare and maintain project documentation including Project Definition Document, Quality Plans and other documents as required.

  • Prepare specifications and support the process of contractor selection and contract placement.

  • Providing accurate and timely information, data and reports regarding the project status, resourcing levels, activities and performance.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • A degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline.

  • Formal Project Management (APM PMQ preferable) qualification

  • Suitable relevant project experience within engineering/research consultancy projects, including the application of project management processes within a research/safety case led project

  • An excellent understanding of project planning (including scope management, Work Breakdown Structures, estimating and scheduling) and project control (including cost control, project forecast, risk management and change management).

  • Proven ability to understand and communicate effectively on project financial issues, technical progress and project risk and mitigating measures.

  • An understanding of the legal, tendering and contract process to support the success of the business.

  • Proven experience of hands-on budget monitoring, commercial awareness and experience at managing contractors.

  • Strong understanding of the need for Quality within the project environment and familiarity with the use and structure of Quality Assurance documentation.

  • Experience of participating in negotiations with both clients and the supply chain.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s –find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

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