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Project Delivery Practice Director

  • Job reference: TR-001717
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: United Kingdom, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Bristol, Cardiff
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Practice Director – Project Delivery

Building trust and confidence in our delivery is a priority for Transportation. We are seeking individuals to join the Senior Leadership Team of our Project Delivery Practice to ensure we are positioned to successfully win and deliver our most complex projects today and develop the right project delivery capability for the future.

Transportation is a division in Atkins where the 3,000 talented engineers and professionals work to shape the future of transportation. The UK transport sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and Atkins is playing lead roles in projects such as high speed rail, designing major new road schemes and upgrading our existing networks to deliver future demand. Our consultants are working with government and local authorities to develop integrated transport strategies to ensure the urban areas we live in continue to work. Our investment in new skills and technology will change the way we travel in the future.

The unique breadth of services in transport combined with our scale makes us the leading UK transport consultancy and we are seeking talented individuals who can inspire our people and collaborate with our clients to ensure we continue to shape the future of transport.

The objectives for the Practice Director role will be:


The Transportation Division in the UK has an extensive portfolio of major projects and programmes including highly complex EPC contracts for Network Rail, design projects for contractors for the largest UK infrastructure schemes and long term partnership frameworks for Local Authorities.

All these require exceptional project leadership and a key requirement of this role is to ensure that we develop a team of highly proficient project directors and managers, with the appropriate support, capacity, capability and tools to manage our most risky and complex projects. The role needs to bring together the appropriate commercial and project controls support to build delivery teams to both win and deliver work in our Transportation markets.

Maintaining a pipeline of growing project leadership for Atkins by spotting and nurturing talent from across the division and providing demonstrable development opportunities for those choosing the Project Management career path will also be a critical success factor.

The development and performance of this project delivery practice sits at the heart of the new Transportation division and the Practice Directors will need to provide line management and support to this community and ensure that they remain supported whilst immersed in their respective projects. Delivering our promises on projects externally and internally will be vital and will also require the direct involvement of the Practice Directors as Project Leaders on bids, projects and frameworks.

The Practice Director will report directly to the Project Delivery Director.


Whilst we are flexible on location preference would be given to candidates who can be based in our key locations (London, Birmingham, Manchester).




• Proven experience in leadership role within major and/or complex projects and understanding of the support and tools needed by the project leadership teams.

• Ability to command respect from senior project leadership community.

• Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills.

• Strong collaborative behaviours to interface with Market Directors, Practice Directors and other members of the Transportation leadership team.

• Performance driven.

• Ability and desire to engage with clients to develop and expand project leadership capabilities to fulfil market and client needs.


• Lead a team of project directors and project managers across a number of offices that responds flexibly to business needs.

• Drive collaboration across markets and divisions.

• Drive consistent tools and methodology across the division and include as appropriate the community leading on lower risk projects within the practices.

• Work with the Client Directors to establish both long and short term resource demand based on the pipeline of opportunities.

• Ensure skills and capacity meet the needs of the target markets through targeted recruitment and staff development.

• Where skills are not available in-house, create relationships with external partners and subcontractors to deliver project needs.

• Provide project leadership to strategic bids and live projects when appropriate.

• Drive Project Management (PM) excellence and lead on delivering priorities within the business plan.

• Use the senior PM and PD community to deliver coaching and mentoring to develop our emerging talent and maintain succession plans for delivery leadership.

• Ensure the appropriate governance measures are applied on our projects.

• Ensure the effectiveness of the line management of the staff within your practice team, facilitated by regular two way communications.

The Individual

• Significant experience of leading major projects preferably in the Transportation sector.

• Professionally qualified with a relevant engineering or project management profession.

• Experience of shaping and leading a large team of professionals achieved either through a significant major project or in a broader leadership role.

• Ability to build and motivate a team that includes very senior and experienced individuals and demonstrate good leadership qualities. Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as working as a team player with the wider Transportation team.

• Ability to influence technical and delivery staff, and collaborate effectively with other divisional colleagues and with the UK team.

• Ability to position Atkins as a leading partner and supplier through a reputation for delivery excellence.

• A hard working and flexible individual, who is reliable, proactive and innovative, whilst able to keep calm under pressure and when working to often demanding deadlines.

• A high expectation of performance for themselves and other members of the team, coupled with a drive for continuous improvement.

• Customer focused with excellent relationship management skills.

• Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and in writing.

• A supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team, combined with a passion for staff development.

• Ability to adapt to different cultures and working environments to build rapport with both clients and the practice teams.

• Be available to travel across the UK and work away from home, including periods overseas on assignments.


Key Measures


Success in this role will be measured as follows:

• Project performance across your portfolio in delivery of both client and Atkins promises.

• Adherence to the appropriate project governance and service delivery process.

• Delivery of your Project Delivery business plan targets.

• Staff development and performance.

• Employee satisfaction, retention rate.

• Headcount in line with budget.



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