Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Assistant Project Manager

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Purpose of the Role

To manage and coordinate tenders / projects and the technical development of the operational solutions together with their associated activities from conception through to completion, delivering work that meets project requirements.

Team work makes the Team work

The Colas Rail Team Spirit is known throughout the industry.

Key Success Measures

  • Safety & Ethics - Support the implementation of the Business Conduct Guidelines, Colas Rail Limited Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) strategy, associated actions and resulting initiatives, to deliver continuous improvement in all areas.
  • Excellence - Ensure work is carried out with a continuous view to profitability and efficiency and look after our shareholders by guaranteeing that they see value for money and a profitable business. Quality is key to competitiveness.  Take responsibility for delivering on time and on budget a high quality product or service, which Colas Rail can take pride in.
  • People - Demonstrate respect for colleagues, our clients and the environment in all areas of work.

Key Areas of Responsibility & Accountability

  • The role is predominantly required to support the management and coordination of major bidding activity, however to ensure a broad level of understanding of the business, the role may switch into operational project and technical management support.  The role description therefore covers both sides of this activity.
  • As you will expect the organisation may change from time to time and you will be expected to meet the operational requirements. 
  • Any other reasonable duties as required from time to time.

Assistant Bid Manager

  • Assist the Director of Bidding & Business Development in leading and delivering successful bids, safely, on time and within budget.
  • Maintaining high degree of accuracy in document control and conflict of interest registers.
  • Ensure high levels of customer satisfaction are delivered at all times, work in a collaborative manner, engage regularly with the client and ensure they are continually updated on progress.
  • Coordinate complex multidisciplinary bidding activities and support the direction of the team to ensure delivery of work within agreed timescales according to the agreed quality and in line with safety rules and procedures.
  • Chair meetings on behalf of the Director of Bidding as required or delegated.
  • Manage/supervise the team including subcontractor and agency staff.
  • Maintain records of all external and internal expenditure and resource levels.
  • Work with the bid team to ensure that everyone works in a collaborative, open and honest manner with all stakeholders ¿ liaising regularly with subcontractors, client and any relevant third parties.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with the client ensuring on-going 360 feedback is achieved, developing continual improvement on project and individual performance.
  • Contribute to identify problematic bidding and operational issues and offer recommendations that support engineering procedures and provide a value engineering perspective.

Assistant Project Manager

  • When required the role may switch into supporting the operation delivery to help broaden experience in the wider business.
  • You will be required to ensure best safety practices are being utilised during all site activities and any non-compliant materials or workmanship is reported following the correct process.
  • Ensure contracted works do not compromise the safe operation of the Railway system and that of the safety of passengers, staff and public.
  • Support the project manager in all matters related to the successful delivery of the project.
  • Forecast and monitor project costs; identify and highlight any deviation from the budget & plan in a timely manner.
  • Identify scope of work and create detailed programme of activities.
  • Report progress and performance against project plans and record changes that could affect project duration, costs and quality of product.
  • Establish and maintain project management controls including risk and change management.
  • Work with the project team to ensure that everyone works in a collaborative, open and honest manner with all stakeholders ¿ liaising regularly with subcontractors, client and any relevant third parties.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with the client ensuring on-going 360 feedback is achieved, developing continual improvement on project and individual performance.
  • Contribute to identify problematic design issues and offer recommendations that support engineering procedures and provide a value engineering perspective.
  • Follow Principal Contractors¿ management methodology using appropriate management tools and processes.
  • Manage/supervise construction staff and subcontractors.
  • Maintain records of all site activities and resource levels.
  • Carry out planned and impromptu inspections for safety purposes
  • Ensure the project is closed out in accordance with the relevant commissioning procedure(s).
  • As you will expect the organisation may change from time to time and you will be expected to meet the operational requirements.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required from time to time.

Person Specification

  • The post holder will hold an under graduate degree in a STEM degree
  • Experienced working with and managing contractors.
  • Career based experience through railway infrastructure projects.
  • Experience of working on multidisciplinary rail projects.
  • Proven experience of team leadership.
  • Understanding and experience in the application of safety legislation and corporate safety procedures, including CDM regulations.
  • Understanding the commercial implications of project performance and experience in assessing value / evaluating variation of construction works undertaken.
  • Understanding of rail disciplines and interface management.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with designers, consultants, client staff, construction contractors and their employees at all levels.
  • Experience of cost control management.
  • Appreciation of standard forms of contract in construction and/or the rail industry.

Behavioural Skills

  • Energy - Get up and go attitude of a leader
  • Energise - Lead, manage and inspire my team
  • Edge - Maximise my personal edge
  • Execute - Make things happen
  • Engage - Stay close to the client.

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