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Project Director

  • Job reference: TR-002961
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Glasgow
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected engineering, design and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of new and exciting ideas. Atkins has a vision to shape the future of transportation, to lead where others will follow and to deliver the future of mobility today.

The Scottish Government is committed to creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. Their investment in transportation infrastructure is a key part of this and is facilitated by Transport Scotland. Transport Scotland’s delivery priorities are connecting Scotland and improving reliability and journey times in order to maximise opportunities for employment, business, leisure and tourism whilst progressing to a low carbon economy in the transport sector through low carbon technology and infrastructure, reducing emissions, tackling climate change and improving air quality. Atkins are at the heart of this investment strategy and are looking to expand their contribution to the growing Scottish economy.

To meet our growth ambitions, we are seeking high calibre and dynamic Project Directors to lead a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, environmentalists and other specialists to develop solutions from concept to detailed design, specification and construction on an expanding portfolio of the biggest and most challenging UK projects. We are flexible in terms of location.

Come and join Atkins work with people who thrive in the strong team environment and are committed to doing more than what’s expected to provide exceptional solutions for our clients. We will value you for going beyond to exceed expectations and deliver innovative solutions nobody else can. After all, we can’t achieve great things without you. So, you can look forward to a competitive salary, flexible benefits and structured professional development opportunities.

Requirements

Qualifications

• Chartered Engineer
• BEng or MEng in Civil Engineering

Essential Criteria

• A passion for safety leadership
• Previous experience of working on Transport Scotland Schemes
• Programme Management experience at a senior level with a successful track record of managing multiple project teams within major multi million pound projects.
• Experience in programme planning, able to set standards, provide guidance, and audit delivery of the standards
• Experience to pro-actively and confidently engage with our customers at all levels and in all circumstances.
• Knowledge and experience to handle contractual issues competently
• Ability to identify and respond to our client’s values in a competitive market sector.
• Proven ability to keep control in pressed situations, deliver work within set timeframes and create a well-motivated team.
• Well developed leadership, communication, negotiating, influencing and inter-personal skills, with the drive and commitment to achieve programme wide objectives
• A management level knowledge of and commitment to customer service, financial control, competitive tendering, engineering quality and health and safety matters
• Experience with Trunk road promotion and Scottish Government procedures for the preparation and publication of the relevant statutory road and compulsory purchase orders
• Experience in appearing as a witness on behalf of the promoter at Public Local Inquiries
• A collaborative approach to the delivery of projects
• Relevant commercial and contractual awareness
• A respected leader of people

Desirable Criteria

• Prince 2 Practitioner or similar evidence of project management competency
• Experience of programme management on design and build projects
• Experience of monitoring construction contracts and of site management
• Understanding of Lean techniques and experience of their application
• Knowledge of project scheduling, including resourcing, using Primavera or Microsoft Project
• Experience of giving evidence at Public Inquiries
• Involvement in industry or professional activity


Responsibilities

• Winning and successfully delivering one or more projects for our major clients, such as Transport Scotland
• Providing leadership on a significant programme of major multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects
• Client engagement at a regional and national level
• Maintain and further develop the existing teams to continue to deliver world class engineering projects on time and to budget
• Meet the clients business objectives and for them to feel confident in our ability to deliver
• Briefing and directing project teams to ensure the work is carried out cost effectively and to specification,
• Ensuring the ethos of safety is maintained and promoted throughout the regional business and show personal leadership
• Providing visible leadership on safety on the projects
• Managing senior stakeholders across the Atkins Group and externally
• Develop excellent professional relationships with clients in order to secure repeat business
• Presenting to clients and key stakeholders in a professional, responsive and client focused manner
• Client, programme, commercial and financial management of projects
• Mentoring and supporting the development of the team.
• Assisting with the delivery of Transportation’s business targets
• Identifying and helping secure business and project opportunities for the wider Atkins Group based on key client relationships.
• Contributing to the development and implementation of best practice across the project delivery community

The Individual

• Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and in writing
• A hard working and flexible individual, who is a team player, possesses great attention to detail, is reliable, proactive and shows initiative whilst able to keep cool under pressure and when working to often demanding deadlines.
• Ability to build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities
• Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as within a larger multi-discipline team in leading and managing packages of work to completion, within budget and to programme.
• A high expectation of performance for themselves and other members of the team
• Customer focused with excellent relationship management skills
• Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
• A supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team
• Ability to adapt to different cultures and working environments to build rapport with clients
• Have a valid UK driving licence.
• Committed on ongoing professional and personal development

Flexible Working

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

Training

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We 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.

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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