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Project Manager

  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Location: Darlington, County Durham
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 20/08/2018
  • Duration: permanent
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Key Responsibilities:

* Manage and deliver projects according to the agreed asset and resource plans, contracted deliverables and the agreed scope.
* Oversee the management of activities of the project delivery teams, supporting technical leads to
ensure clear roles, responsibilities and objectives are defined, planned and represent the customer ensuring deliverables are being completed to defined expectations (within the base-lined cost and time plan), first time to successfully deliver the contracted scope.
* Maintain frequent and detailed communication with all members of the team to ensure clarity at all times.
* Manage deviations from plan with customers and delivery teams without unduly affecting the stated objectives and benefits and maintain clarity.
* Proactively manage foreseen project risks and mitigate issues as they arise, implementing corrective actions.
* Take on project related tasks, as and when necessary.
* Motivate the project team and provide direction.
* Execute the project lessons learnt process to maximise learning from all projects during and after the execution, carrying out an internal review with the delivery team and actively seeking feedback from the customer; implement any corrective actions to ensure continuous improvement. Seek repeat business from customers as part of the closure and review process.
* Manage project administration tasks. Create and maintain the project stage document.
* To undertake any other project management duties as required.
* Manage and develop customer/partner relationships from project authorisation and initiation through to project closure acting as the primary point of contact and ensuring regular communication and reporting of project progress versus the delivery contract.
* Raising, managing and recording variations and updating the business case to support continued business justification for the project providing quotes for requested variations. Raise invoices promptly upon achievement of milestones and deliverables and confirming payment.
* Act as assurance for all reporting to the customer to ensure consistency and high quality.

Finance, reporting and business support
* Manage the financial performance of projects, utilising regular financial reports to monitor actual spend versus the quotation and forecast; Resolve spending anomalies and identify corrective actions to maintain profitability.
* Contribute to the operation of the Project and Business Management teams, supporting the continuous development and improvement project management processes.
* Support business development activities such as bid writing, contract agreement and customer visits.
* To proactively support line management and the rest of the management team in the execution of their responsibilities.
* Provide regular and timely reporting of project progress to the project sponsors and stakeholders
* To provide accurate input into the reviews established by the line management to ensure the successful operation of the Business.
* Comply with procedures, including all safety, health & environment and ISO9001 requirements.

Special Features:
* Projects within Formulation encompass a broad range of process technologies and novel measurement techniques, as well as sectors within the formulation industry, and this is reflected in the diversity of customers and their expertise. It is necessary for the job holder to be knowledgeable across this broad range of technologies in order to engage with the customers at the correct level and to develop strong business relationships.
* A thorough understanding of process scale-up and measurement science is required in order to understand how these influence the structure, duration and delivery of projects together with the associated risk factors and the challenges facing the delivery teams.
* A good appreciation of commercial aspects is required in order to usefully contribute to project scope definition and control, quoting, contract agreements and change control.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential for the job holder to establish a good
rapport with customers from an early stage and to develop a strong and constructive relationship with the delivery team.
* Resilience is required during the pressures of project delivery and in such cases as conflicting priorities or where customer satisfaction is proving difficult.
* The compliant delivery of public funded projects and the financial management of projects requires thorough reporting and attention to detail and the job holder must also maintain a detailed understanding of each project's requirements.

* The job-holder will be able to demonstrate a technical background with experience of managing multiple project based activities.
* Be adept at managing and mitigating risk and have prior knowledge of project management best practice.
* Good man management, a team player and pro-active with a "can-do" attitude are essential to deliver
the job fully.
* Financially adept; understand the concepts of budget control and is experienced in financial reporting
(cost of sales, revenue, etc.) and is versed in using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint to communicate.
* Managed projects using Microsoft Project.
* Experience of the requirements and reporting needs of public and private projects will be an advantage.
* It is desirable but not essential that the job-holder has experience of developing and implementing projects in both the commercial and public environment.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Educated to Degree level (or equivalent) in an Engineering/Science related subject

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