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Senior Project Manager

Programme and Project Management
Europe Region
DUB0000K7 Requisition #

A career at Arup offers you the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Independently owned and independently minded, Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. For more than 70 years, we have helped bring to life ground-breaking projects across the globe.

Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, consultants and experts working globally. Founded to be humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology, and rigour to shape a better world.


Senior Project Manager

To be part of the professional Programme and Project Management (PPM) Team, based either in our Cork or Dublin office delivering project and programme management commissions for our clients.  This client-facing role involves managing delivery of commissions being delivered both by Arup and by other professional firms. The role will involve:

· Leading the effective and efficient delivery of commissions, managing the performance of the technical team consisting of both internal and external project team resources, in full compliance with Arup Management System (AMS) requirements.

· Managing stakeholders and the client expectations and relationship.

· Delivering work to a high standard of client satisfaction and profitably for Arup.

· Mentoring of support PPM staff.

· Prospecting for new work, identifying opportunities with current and new clients, developing client relationships and leading major bids.

· Developing new service offerings.

· Winning new work and clients.


Person Specification – technical/experience

· A high calibre and experienced Professional Project Manager, ideally (but not a pre-requisite) with a technical background with the clear potential to develop.

· Minimum of a first degree and chartered qualification in engineering, construction or related field (or relevant equivalent qualification).

· Internationally certified project management qualification, such as IPMA, APM PQ, or equivalent.

· Demonstrable project management experience having successfully led teams on design and/or construction of building and/or infrastructure programmes/projects.

· Several years on site construction supervision or management experience will be an advantage.

· Experience of delivering projects from a client project management perspective.  Value of project should be at least €50m construction cost, or >€100m for a programme of projects.

· Demonstrable experience of working closely with the design team in their development and delivery of the optimum design solution to meet the client’s brief.

· Evidence of solid achievement and career development in project and programme management within the infrastructure sector supported by references.

· Knowledge of infrastructure market regulation.

· Experience of business development for consulting services in infrastructure markets.

· Sound knowledge of developments and drivers in the sector.

· Good commercial and contractual awareness.

· Experience of administering construction contracts.

· Strong client and stakeholder relationship management skills and experience.


Person Specification – personal attributes/competences 

· Energetic, dynamic and self-motivated.

· Flexible and adaptable with a reasonable degree of mobility (nationally and internationally).

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to develop strong relationships with clients.

· Intuitive and creative thinker, able to conceptualise business opportunities.

· Highly professional, able to develop and sustain the respect of peers and clients alike.

· Opportunity to work in other regions as project opportunities present themselves.


Key competencies/ responsibilities

People Skills:

· Able to identify differences and resolve conflicts or assist in resolving conflicts.

· Able to identify stakeholders, determine requirements and expectations and manage their influence on the project.

· Maintains good communications with clients, keeping them regularly appraised of the progress of their projects.

· Able to report progress and answer questions accordingly and write monthly reports.

· Ensures line manager is kept informed about key issues.


Project Delivery:


· Agrees the overall project programme in conjunction with client and Arup in-house planners.

· Sets the programme for each major phase of work.


· Manages professional team to deliver correct elements to programme.

· Ensures that the design meets the client’s requirements.

· Escalates issues as appropriate.


· Manages the processes involved in estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs.

· Manages the change control procedure.


· Oversees the progress of the Contractor and that he delivers to programme.

· Takes action to resolve problems.

· Escalates issues as appropriate.

· Handover.

· Prepares the handover plan, communicates this to the client.

· Manages the handover of completed facilities to clients.


· Manages risk that facilitates communication to others.

· Author’s monthly client reports identifying key issues, matters for resolution and provides a clear and effective mechanism for exception reporting.

Contracts/ compliance:

· Procures the project team in accordance with client requirements.

· Developing and managing the team.

· Ensures the project team works in accordance with all regulatory standards.

· Manages the procurement process.

· Administers the construction and professional services contracts on behalf of the client.

· Manages procedures to deliver the required quality at all stages of the project.

· Facilitates risk workshops, manages the risk register and ensures actions are closed out.


What to expect at Arup 

·     A multicultural and informal working environment where you can develop professionally by being

·     part of a team who enjoy what they do.

·     Opportunities for short or long assignments at Arup’s offices and projects anywhere in the world.

·     We believe that flexible arrangements, such as hybrid working, create a more inclusive way of working that supports our diversity and the wellbeing of our people.

·     Employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme, which is dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

·     Competitive performance-based salary growth.

·     A strong corporate culture committed to its values: quality of work, holistic approach, humane organization, straight and honourable dealings, social usefulness and reasonable prosperity.

·     Continuous training and professional development that will allow you to adapt to the growing needs of our clients as we embrace digital transformation.

  • You will be expected to become a member of a relevant and necessary professional organisation.


Join us in shaping a better world

Our goal is to shape a better world, finding solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems. From climate action to social value, we consider the most expansive impacts of our work. Our drive to build a more sustainable, resilient and equitable future shapes our culture and

has made us leaders in sustainable development. The successful candidate will join our multi-disciplinary design teams focusing on technical excellence and innovative solutions that create a better future for people, places, and the planet.  


'A better way'- Sustainability and Social Equity

At Arup, we strive to bring environmental sustainability and social equity together. We put sustainability at the heart of our projects and invest in research and development that helps tackle issues such as climate change and poverty. We have made a commitment to reach net zero by 2030 and to contribute meaningfully to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, creating shared value for our clients and our communities while safeguarding our planet. Read our net zero carbon plan here.

A career at Arup gives you the chance to have a positive impact on the world. For us, corporate responsibility is not just a policy; it’s a way of working.


Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is at the heart of what we do

We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment for talented people of any background based on merit, fairness and respect. At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in social, cultural and educational events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or with your colleagues by joining staff networks such as those for women, culture or the LGBTQ+ community. At Arup we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best.

We are a certified CPD accredited employer with Engineers Ireland and we were named Engineers Ireland CPD Employer of the year in 2020.

Recruitment Agencies We have a Preferred Supplier List of trusted partners to assist us when required and do not acknowledge any speculative CVs or unsolicited candidate introductions from agencies not on this list. Thank you’



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