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Project Director - Strategic Highways

  • Job reference: TR-002597
  • Sector: Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Warrington, Stockton-on-Tees
Atkins Transportation Division covers all aspects of multidisciplinary design and management from inception to options appraisal through to detailed scheme design and delivery support. Atkins is one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies engaged in numerous high profile projects for Clients in both the Public and Private Sector.

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. They build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of new and exciting ideas. Atkins have a vision to shape the future of transportation, to lead where others follow and to deliver the future of mobility today. Atkins Transportation Division covers all aspects of multidisciplinary design and management from inception to options appraisal through to detailed scheme design and delivery support

We are recruiting experienced Project Director for Highways and Transportation projects throughout the UK. If you are looking for your next career opportunity this could be the role for you. The Project Delivery practice within our Transportation division leads our portfolio of major projects.

The transport sector is evolving. At Atkins, we provide a complete set of project-based and tailored advisory services across the Highways, Rail, International and Local Transport markets. We help to develop strategies and strengthen frameworks that effectively respond to market demands and bring ideas to life.

Though innovative partnerships with our clients and others, Atkins is shaping the future of transport. Our staff understand the industry’s challenges and are maximising opportunities for growth and the benefit of society.

You will work with the teams in our Warrington / Stockton offices, leading the management of multi-discipline Projects to the Highways Sector. You’ll be working closely with our Clients.

You will have demonstrable experience in a Project Leadership role and must be able to appreciate complex practical, technical and commercial issues. You’ll work constructively with a broad range of stakeholders; leading project teams that are either local to you, or distributed across multiple sites.

The opportunities we have are varied in size and nature, and suit a range of project leadership styles, backgrounds and experience levels. We are looking for leaders with experience in design and build for contractor clients or project delivery for ultimate infrastructure clients.

Other aspects of the role will include supporting the growth of our capabilities in Transportation building a reputation for excellence, mentoring others, supporting business development and bidding activities.


You will have:
• A successful track record of managing multi-discipline project teams.
• Well-developed leadership, communication, negotiating, influencing and inter-personal skills, with the drive and commitment to achieve project/ programme wide objectives.
• Confidence to manage client relationships and engage constructively with multiple stakeholders at all levels.
• The ability to motivate and mentor staff.
• Knowledge and commitment to customer service, financial and risk control, competitive tendering, quality and health and safety matters.
• Experience in programme planning, setting standards, providing guidance and auditing delivery.
Through your work you will also help support and shape the development of future business.
You will enjoy turning your hand to new challenges and will be keen to learn, whilst also wanting to support others within our diverse multi-disciplinary teams.

In addition to having excellent people and problem-solving skills, you will also be able to demonstrate the following:
• Demonstrate a responsible attitude towards health, safety and wellbeing.
• Degree qualified in a related Engineering discipline, and/or hold a professional Project or Programme Management related qualification.
• Direct experience of taking full responsibility for multi-million pound projects as a leader, demonstrating accountability for quality, time, cost and technical performance parameters agreed with client.

Additional Information
• Some work outside normal office hours may be necessary. Travel to and from client sites and/or temporary secondment to client’s offices may also be required.
• This is an exciting time for Atkins. There will be opportunities for international travel and applicants with a desire for non-UK based assignments will be welcomed.
• Atkins recognises that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in highways, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

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 to achieve their full potential.

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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