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Consultant/Senior Consultant - Project Delivery

  • Job reference: R-030106
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Cheltenham
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About Atkins

We help our clients achieve outcomes that deliver genuine benefits from their business projects and programmes.  We advise organisations at senior levels on complex business challenges, but also take a hands-on role to ensure the solutions are delivered and that the intended benefits of the investment are realised.

Atkins isn’t like other management consultancies. Because of our wider, real-world expertise – delivering transformative programmes and projects, often using digital technologies to make strategy happen across public and private sectors.  We know how to implement change in practice, not just on paper and we’re there to see change through from start to finish, whatever challenges arise.  Atkins is an open organisation, everyone’s contribution is valued irrespective of grade and our staff are actively encouraged to interact and engage with colleagues at all levels within the business.

Helping our clients manage complex programmes and projects and transform their businesses in response to internal and external influences and opportunities is a core skill for our Consultants. Within the Transformation & Delivery Practice our P3M Delivery teams work with clients to solve some of the most interesting challenges facing organisations today. Our wide-ranging clients include central government, defence, airports, universities and infrastructure. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds that cover the spectrum of services giving them an innovative and creative approach that is key to its success.  Our consultants can be involved in advising clients how to adapt to the fast-rising tide of digital disruption, providing expert advice to guide clients through the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the digital revolution.   Everyone in the team is passionate about their work and the value that they can deliver. 

Atkins set high standards of integrity and ethics for our people.  When joining Atkins, you benefit from a working environment that prioritises integrity and we also expect each individual who joins us to display these characteristics.  

The role

Atkins deliver client solutions across busy, customer facing, operational environments and we are looking to attract Project Managers with experience ranging from those still early in their professional career through to Senior Project Managers keen to develop to the next level in a reputable and collegiate consulting environment. We are particularly keen to identify and grow people with an appreciation of the transformative effects of technology. This can be but is not limited to technical understanding of digital disruptors, digital strategy, integrating disruptive technology with people and cultural change

You’ll be joining a growing and supportive team committed to delivering value to our clients and developing our propositions. These roles will be predominately based on client site with some time spent with the wider Atkins team at one of our base locations Bristol, Cheltenham, Silchester, London Victoria, Epsom or Aldershot. 

The successful candidate will have been engaged in project delivery roles that across a range of sectors that could include Government, Defence or Transportation.  Their delivery experience will include exposure to some of the following Engineering, IT and Transformational Change.  Our roles are suitable for candidates who have a background in using either Agile Project Management, or more traditional waterfall methods. Working from within our P3M Delivery Practice, you will primarily work as a client facing member of a project team, leading your own work package(s) and project teams. 

The successful candidate must be an effective communicator and be self-motivating to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. They must have confidence in their ability to successfully manage the People, Processes and Technology elements of our projects.

About you:

Behavioural requirements

You will be representing Atkins to our clients, so it is key that our values and ways of working are demonstrated within the role: 

  • Collaborative – Ability to work cooperatively with others and provide help to colleagues where required
  • Communication – High emotional intelligence - listens and questions effectively, concise verbal and written communication skills and effective questioning/listening skills. Able to communicate with confidence at higher and lower levels
  • Flexibility to adapt from providing client side advisory to ‘rolling up your sleeves’ and assisting clients in delivering key projects within their strategic portfolio.
  • Customer Focus – Delivers a high level of customer service to our external and internal customers
  • Achievement – Looks to exceed client aspirations and works to goals and manages obstacles. The ideal candidate will demonstrate energy, pride and determination in meeting targets and overcoming challenges
  • Initiative – Ability to analyse data and situations, bring solutions and break down work into key tasks and activities
  • Development – Wants to continually develop new skills and undertake personal training and Continuous Professional Development
  • Versatility – Manage client demands whilst contributing to the internal development of the P3M Delivery Practice
  • Ethics and integrity – uphold Atkins high professional standards at all times
  • Advocacy – be an ambassador for our wider business at all times


Technical requirements

  • Proven track record with experience of delivering IT, Engineering or Transformational Change project across the full lifecycle from requirements capture and design through to development, testing and deployment.  This experience may have been gained in the Public or Private sector. 
  • Understanding of structured e.g. APM, P2 and Agile methodologies and ideally an awareness of Programme Management
  • Desire to work in a consultancy environment with the ability to work ‘with two hats’ - both client side and internally for Atkins
  • An understanding of basic business analysis capabilities particularly high level requirements capture and process mapping is desirable.
  • Project planning, monitoring and reporting, with P6, Microsoft Project or JIRA experience desirable
  • Issue and Risk management
  • Ability to assess impacts of change to various stakeholders and knowledge of Change Management Processes.
  • Ability to track project finances, understand of profit margins and report on commercial elements of the project
  • Ability to identify problems and recommend actions to clients , communicating both to key stakeholders and presenting information through reports, dashboards and slides as appropriate
  • Commercially astute, able to effectively manage assignments on time, on budget. It is desirable if you have experience of managing 3rd Party Suppliers
  • Experience in working in the aviation or transportation sectors and operational environments is highly desirable. 
  • Knowledge and experience of Agile delivery approaches including DSDM and SCRUM, but also Agile at scale using methodologies such as SaFE is highly desirable

Why work for Atkins?

With Atkins you will be in a trusted, supported position, primarily client based, where you are able to apply both existing skills and develop new skills in complex and challenging situations. You will be able to share your knowledge and experience and learn from others within the team and you will have opportunities to become a mature, established and multi-skilled consultant.


Atkins is committed to developing it’s people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio of training and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package. Flexible working options may be considered for this vacancy.

Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability and are open to applications from those looking for flexible working.


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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