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3 months ago
Location: Manchester
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Building Services
Category: Management Jobs
About the Role

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

As a Utilities Manager, you'll join our engineering department and specifically our Oil and Gas discipline helping to contribute towards its continuing success.

The Manchester based Oil and Gas team sits within the generation discipline in the Energy Division of the company and specialises in providing high quality technical consultancy and advice to both governmental and private sector clients, involving project planning, due diligence and design issues relating to fuel supplies for power generation, natural gas transmission, distribution and storage systems. In addition we provide technical consultancy on natural gas related infrastructures associated with Residential, Retail, Industrial and Commercial Developments, both in the UK and overseas. We also provide technical consultancy and advice on wider sustainability issues and work closely with other WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff engineering disciplines on high profile major multi-disciplinary projects, contributing to the wider success of the UK Energy and Industry team.

Currently the team encompasses staff grades ranging from Chief Engineer to Graduate Engineer and the team sits alongside other specialist engineering discipline teams and shared resources across the engineering teams in Manchester, Newcastle and Guilford.

A typical week would include:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of technical consultancy and advice including project management and project leadership. As a Utilities Project Manager your primary focus will be the management of projects requiring a specialist utility infrastructure input. From developing utility diversions solutions to liaising with the external project stakeholders. You will be supported by a team of experienced technical staff of various grades, some of whom you will be expected to provide mentoring and support.

You will be responsible for ensuring your projects are delivered to budget, programme and technical standards and meet QA, CDM and SHEQ requirements as necessary and applicable.

The position will also involve liaison with clients and fellow professionals (both within WSP and externally), preparation of fee proposals, business development and work winning duties, and the provision of technical support, plus financial control of projects when acting as a project manager.

All employees shall familiarise themselves with our health and safety arrangements and guidance relevant to themselves and their activities and shall meet any specific duties for their role as detailed within GNHS020 – Competencies, Roles and Responsibilities. This document is available to all employees through our company intranet and is accessible from your first day with the company.

About You

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

* Strong project management expertise (including formal techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling projects).

* A project management qualification is desired.

* A proven and demonstrable track record of managing utilities projects within large construction programmes.

* Complete knowledge of the measures necessary under the code of practise for diversionary works – HAUC; C2 to C9.

* Practical experience of the legislation under HAUC & the New Roads & Streetworks (GMRAPS).

* Proven ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships and effective channels of communication in a pressurised and highly time sensitive environment.

* Experience of leading and motivating multi-discipline project teams.


The core objective for the appointed Utilities Manager would be to manage a series of utilities protection works, temporary utility connections and permanent utilities diversions to ensure individual projects can be delivered in line with prevailing time and cost constraints. The Utilities Manager will be the first point of contact for all Utility works across the various programmes undertaken. The Utilities Manager will also be required to develop and maintain a strong relationship with the utilities companies. The following key objectives will be expected of the Utilities Manager:

* Provide leadership and support on a series of utilities supply, diversion, protection & connection works.

* Support to cover design, costing and delivery works.

* Provision of support to Project Managers on all utility work undertaken

* Key point of Liaison/contact between projects and utilities providers.

Fully conversant in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of software applications, competence in other technical software applications would be advantageous to the position e.g. AutoCAD and PDS. The ability to direct and check design outputs making use of this software would be seen as a further advantage.

Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to suit different circumstances. You will have particular experience in liaising with clients, co-professionals and design teams. Also experience of liaising with highway, water, rail, statutory and local authorities in negotiating the necessary outline and detailed technical approvals, would be advantageous.


Possess a good knowledge of the legislative processes associated with planning, design and technical consents process and procedures. Furthermore, adoption and contract procedures for the routing of utilities including high-pressure natural gas transmission pipelines, distribution pipelines, clean and wastewater mains and asset infrastructure projects. You will also have a robust knowledge of the financial and contractual aspects of planning, bidding, and delivering both large and small projects.


A "self-starter" who possesses the drive, enthusiasm and flexibility to meet the demands of the role. The ability to take responsibility and be accountable for your own workload and manage resources across multiple projects is essential.

About Us

A little about us:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

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What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and WiL (Women in Leadership) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

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