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Senior Project Manager

Programme and Project Management

Job Title: Senior Project Manager                    
Location: Solihull         
Closing Date: 29th September 2021    

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. 

The role

A Senior Project Manager is required to join the Programme and Project Management (PPM) team based in the Midlands Campus office. Responsibilities will include leading, monitoring and managing the delivery of projects and programmes in the highways and transportation sector, working with multi-disciplinary technical teams and managing multiple client stakeholders. 

Our team supports Arup colleagues in the delivery of our major infrastructure projects. Assignments will involve leading on the establishment and delivery of project controls functions, including commercial, risk and schedule management and reporting.

Our team is also actively involved in the provision of business advisory and PMO services to external clients where we support and advise our clients in developing and implementing PMOs, business strategies and processes. 

The candidate will be expected to develop and lead project and programme management assignments in the Arup and/or client environment. It also importantly includes developing and maintaining successful client and team relationships and supporting work winning.

This will include responsibility for the performance and development of a team of project managers, providing guidance, training and direction to the team. 

The candidate will report to the Midlands Programme and Project team. The candidate will be required to integrate into project teams or work on individual assignments, often working closely with technical discipline leaders, cost consultants, specialists, and other consultants / contractors as required. 

Leading projects and working collaboratively within a mutually supportive team environment with a focus on team success.
Extend relationships with existing clients and assist in the preparation and delivery of tender submissions and client pitches. Be responsible for a number of project managers and should be able to demonstrate ability to manage priorities across a variety of demanding client needs.

The post will provide an opportunity to:

•    Support the development of our wider PPM capability.
•    Significantly enhance the candidate’s own leadership skill, taking responsibility for the delivery PMO functions and project commercial outcomes.
•    Take on responsibility for being Arup’s key client contact on external facing commissions.
•    Develop and promote best-practice within the team.
•    Identify new project opportunities for the team.

The candidate will be expected to have daily contact with:

•    Other members of the PPM group.
•    Technical discipline leads.
•    Clients.
•    Specialist advisors and sub-consultants etc.
•    External companies engaged on projects.

Requirements and skills

Essential skills and knowledge

•    Minimum five years’ experience of working in a project management role, ideally with experience on medium to large scale transport infrastructure projects / programmes or working within a PMO environment. 
•    Demonstrable leadership, commercial awareness, ability to lead multi-disciplinary project teams, independent thinking, working under pressure and experience of meeting strict deadlines.


•    The candidate will be degree qualified and chartered member of an accredited technical institution (ICE, IStructE, IMechE, IEE and RICS etc). Candidate shall have a recognised PM qualification such as MAPM.

Desirable skills and knowledge

•    Previous experience working in a business advisory function would be highly advantageous.
•    Experience or interest in developing digital tools (PowerBI etc).

Rewards and benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.
In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Different people, shared values

At Arup we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all backgrounds. 

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. 

At Arup we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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