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about 1 year ago
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Construction
Category: Management Jobs
About the Role


Our vision is to be an industry recognised leader and trusted advisor in transforming the operation and performance of transportation systems and networks. We are a team of over 200 professionals and our next great challenge is to take all our combined experience and apply our services to new and existing sectors whilst growing our existing portfolio.

Our services and ethos

We want to deepen our client relationships and grow a business that reflects the needs of the market through our three core disciplines:

1. Systems and infrastructure – provide systems consultancy, engineering and design with the aim of improving performance of road networks, including Smart Motorways and Expressways, by identifying how to apply, and applying, technology to make a difference.

2. Safety and operations – have significant high-end consultancy skills and are led by user and customer experience to deliver operational change on the ‘whole’ system involving infrastructure, operations and systems - people, process and technology.

3. Lighting and energy solutions – provide comprehensive lighting and electrical consultancy, design and engineering services.

What makes us special is our ability to focus on outcomes for our clients by really listening to them and the problems they are facing. We are great at combining what we know, with what is happening, and can make the best of both without resorting to superficial shiny solutions.

job summary

We are looking for people with the ability to make a difference, pro-actively lead projects to ensure we manage requirements, budgets, schedules and risks and influence others to deliver successfully. Candidates must possess experience in the leadership and management of significant projects or programmes of work, have strong technical capability and excellent communication, problem solving and project / programme management skills, and be willing to take on new challenges.

As a Project Director on medium to large multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, you will be responsible for the strategic direction, planning, control, delivery and completion of specific projects. You will have extensive experience of working with client teams in a collaborative and integrated manner and will be required to lead our projects within the requirements of the WSP Business Management System, as well as to meet client requirements.

About You

Core Functions

You will be accountable for delivery of projects to contractual arrangements and the financial outcome agreed whilst ensuring projects achieve safe, sustainable and efficient outcomes that meet client satisfaction objectives. You will provide leadership, direction and mentoring to Project Managers, responsible for large scale multi-disciplinary teams developing high quality solutions on time and to budget.

As Project Director you will ensure that all company safety, quality, environmental, commercial and project management procedures are followed across projects and that appropriate resources and expertise are made available to safely deliver, sustainable and efficient outcomes that meet agreed profit and client satisfaction objectives.

You will ensure threats and opportunities for successful delivery are identified at an early stage and are being regularly reviewed, and that risk mitigation actions are identified and undertaken by the project manager. Responding to and dealing with any contractual/commercial risks as soon as they are identified and develop Project risk management strategies.

As growth is important to WSP, you will have the ability to prepare bids, draft and negotiate consultancy contracts. You will be able to develop and maintain relationships with clients, peers and others who are influential in providing future business.

Qualifications and work experience

You will have a degree, in relevant engineering or management discipline and be registered with an appropriate professional institution. Having a post-graduate qualifications in APM/MSP/PMI/PRINCE2/Six Sigma would be an advantage.

You will have extensive experience of delivering medium to large sized multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, be well respected within the industry with a network of client, consultant and contractor contacts and relationships. You will have a proven track record of dealing with Clients and forging effective and collaborative relationships in a professional and customer focused manner. You will be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal skills, including good written and oral communication

Previous experience as Project Director on a Design and Build scheme or working with Highways England within the Smart Motorways environment will be highly advantageous.

As a Project Director you will be able to demonstrate clear and successful project management skills and technical competence, have proven ability to organise, influence and direct the delivery of highway schemes from feasibility to construction. Be able to demonstrate experience of Contract Supervision using either NEC or ICE forms of contract and the proven ability to facilitate effective planning of the works, so that programmes are established and maintained within the project team to ensure timely delivery within a controlled budget.

About Us

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering consultancy businesses. We are dedicated to our local communities and our global expertise enables us to provide innovation and technical excellence to all our clients.

We design lasting solutions in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors and provide strategic consulting services and thought leadership across all our sectors.

With 7,000 talented people in 60 offices across the UK and Ireland, we engineer projects that will enable societies to grow and thrive for generations to come as well as for today.

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