Senior Project Manager - Highways / Civil Engineering

Location: Wokingham

Salary: Competitive

Team: Programme Delivery

Contract Type: Permanent

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Senior Project Manager - Highways / Civil Engineering

About The Role                               CIQHP

We have a new opportunity for an experienced Project Manager with strong commercial acumen, to lead technical research and consultancy projects across the civil engineering & highways domain. The projects delivered by TRL range in size and complexity from multi-million turn-key implementations to week long research activity. The position holds accountability for ensuring the technical delivery teams deliver projects to deadline and customer satisfaction, and present the opportunity to play a key delivery role on projects across the surface transport domain that will impact lives and deliver efficiencies.

Key Duties / Responsibilities

  • Manage people and project teams to ensure projects are delivered to cost and timeframe, whilst promoting effective teamwork among project team members.
  • Ensure bids are produced, reviewed and successfully delivered to the client on time.
  • Manage change appropriately within projects to reduce impacts on time and costs, and manage client expectations
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with a defined set of key clients with a cross-business footprint, based on trust, effective management and timely delivery
  • Drive project teams to be more efficient and deliver projects quicker than the anticipated profiles.
  • Act as the key interface between the client and all relevant business divisions and other key stakeholders.
  • Lead or participate in contract negotiations
  • Assess and manage risks, including health and safety and data security issues
  • Develop and execute ongoing communications at all levels of the business to ensure customer expectations are being met and to identify new opportunities
  • Create demand for TRL’s products and services by raising our profile with key clients
  • Ensure appropriate communication and escalation of project-related matters with Senior Management
  • Ensure all bids and projects are fully compliant with TRL’s quality procedures, and project documentation is comprehensive and up to date
  • Manage ongoing liaison with other colleagues to ensure that customers are receiving best-in-class service
  • Make effective use of the Salesforce system to capture client intelligence, activity and opportunities.

Skills & Experience

  • Must be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in the delivery of commercial projects to budget and timescale, with knowledge of project management best practice and principles.
  • Domain expertise within Civil Engineering, Highways, or Utilities.
  • A good understanding of change management and the management of risk.
  • Previous experience working on several projects concurrently – working with multiple stakeholders.
  • Formal Project Management credentials (APM / Prince2 / PMI PMP)
  • Knowledge of formal contract frameworks such as NEC3/4 highly desirable.

Communication Requirements

Eligible candidates must be able to demonstrate fluency in both verbal and written English with strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills.


At TRL we offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Support for professional memberships and study
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Life Assurance cover and Group Income Protection
  • Flexible working hours
  • Flexible benefits package (including child care vouchers, discounted gym membership etc.)
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