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Project Manager - Major Project Delivery

  • Job reference: R-028753
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Birmingham

Project Manager – Major Project Delivery

The Atkins UK Infrastructure Project Delivery Practice is the centre of excellence for the delivery of infrastructure projects and the home unit for our project management staff. The team is responsible for delivery of design services and the provision of project and programme management services across our Markets of Water Infrastructure, Defence Infrastructure, Aviation, Energy, Stations and Urban Developments. These may be delivered as single major projects or a programme of smaller projects. Our Clients include, AWE, Berkeley Homes, BAE Systems, Environment Agency, Birmingham Airport, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, High Speed 2, EDF, Horizon, Sellafield, Anglian Water, United Utilities, Scottish Water, Seven Trent Water, St Modwen, Thames Water, Transport for London.

We have exciting new opportunities in our Project Delivery Practice for Project Managers to work from our Birmingham and Derby offices or directly with our clients. Our Project Managers are responsible for delivery of multi-disciplinary projects from concept through to construction, on our expanding portfolio of the biggest and most challenging projects across all Market Sectors.

The Project Manager will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following activities:

  • The successful delivery of the project to agreed targets, e.g. programme, budget and quality;
  • Identifying and agreeing project objectives with the Project Director and developing a strategy for achieving these;
  • Identifying, escalating and managing any matters that could pose a potential contractual/commercial risk to Atkins to the Project Director (PD) at the earliest opportunity;
  • Setting objectives, and defining tasks for the project team, delegating authority and agreeing how risks will be shared (with PD) as necessary;
  • Actively managing the project – both technically and financially, in accordance with corporate and business policies, directives, guidance and procedures. Whilst monitoring and reporting performance against programme, technical quality, financial and KPI targets; taking, or advising the PD on the requirements for any necessary mitigation actions to prevent targets being missed, controlling change and managing effective change control process;
  • Leading the project team – building, motivating, maintaining, coaching, guiding and developing the team; including providing regular feedback to all team members and ensuring staff have the necessary H&S training for discharging their design duties and defining line of communication and the responsibilities for co-ordination within the project;
  • Facilitating communication, co-ordination and information flow with the Client and within the project team, including any subcontractors and partners (internal and external);
  • With input from the Discipline Leads, agreeing commercial trading arrangements and communication plan for working with other teams, agreeing resource levels, project personnel and milestones internally (with the project delivery team) and externally (with the Client and other project contributors) and establishing a ‘bottom up’ estimate of project costs;
  • Assembling and owning the project delivery programme and delivery plans; providing project reports on a regular basis to convey cost and schedule information (monthly Board report, in a timely manner, as required internally or externally;
  • Protecting the commercial interest of Atkins, including timely and accurate invoicing and effective credit control for optimal cash flow (with the support of the finance community); comparing revenue with predicted costs and identifying risk allowances, margin and provisions – at project set-up and monthly thereafter, including Earned Value reporting;
  • Closing out the project on completion, archiving project documentation, updating market information, ensuring that lessons learnt are captured and disseminated internally and ensuring that a Client Satisfaction survey is initiated.


  • Professionally qualified Project Manager / Engineer / Architect / Scientist or equivalent with demonstrable experience managing design commissions on large infrastructure projects or equivalent project delivery.
  • Market sector experience across a range of Water Infrastructure, Rail, Aviation, Defence, Energy and Urban Development projects is desirable, but equivalent experience in other sectors may be considered.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbal and written.
  • 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 manage and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities.
  • Understands and has experience in deploying various forms of consultancy and construction contracts, in particular NEC3 or NEC4.
  • Experienced at preparing Scope Definition papers, Project Execution Plans, Risk Registers, Change Control Logs and Client & Stakeholder Management plans.
  • Experience of managing design projects to time, cost and quality objectives and familiar with programming and earned value techniques.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and within a larger multi-discipline team.
  • A high expectation of performance for themselves and other members of the team
  • Customer focused with excellent client relationship management skills.
  • 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.
  • Be available to travel across the UK and work away from home, with potential periods overseas on assignments, when required.
  • Holds a valid UK driving licence.

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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