National Trust Vacancies – Senior Project Manager

Website National Trust

Job Description:

We’re looking for a Senior Project Manager to lead a major transformation project, with significant infrastructure elements, at Saltram in Devon.

With an expected budget of over £20m, you will draw on multiple internal and external funding streams to deliver new build visitor infrastructure, trails and new green spaces, heritage building and parkland conservation, and community partnership experiences. All this is set at our Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion and historic parkland that is a neighbour to Plymouth’s maritime city.

We want an inspirational leader with versatile project management skills, who can set us up well, deliver successful outcomes and realise our ambitious vision for this special place.


Job Responsibilities:

  • You’ll lead on all elements to develop the project from design to completion, working to a highly engaged project board and supported by a wide consultancy network including Building Surveyors, Estate Managers, Archaeologists,
  • Curators and other specialists. You will have other internal and external Project Managers working to you.
  • You’ll liaise with external contractors, including architects, construction contractors, conservation specialists and regulatory bodies to develop the costed design scheme.
  • You’ll have the lead on the overall project. Concept is complete, so initially this is about moving through feasibility to outline design, ensuring the right people, structure and funding is in place for a variety of different areas of work.
  • In addition, you’ll be delivering specific partnership schemes that are already in flight over the next two years.
  • You’ll manage the main contract, delivering the project to scope and budget.
  • You’ll oversee multiple connected projects and work-streams and ensure they are coordinated according to the overall project brief and programme, and meet funders’ requirements.
  • A key aspect of this project is engaging and building relationships with our stakeholders and you must be really comfortable working in a matrix environment deploying your considerable influencing skills.
  • You’ll be working closely with a range of partners and the local community to consult closely as the project develops.

Job Requirements:

  • Strategic thinking skills with the ability to cope with ambiguity and complexity to shape the project, including experience of dealing with changing horizons.
  • You’ll hold a recognised project (ChPP /APM PMQ) or programme management (MSP) qualification, show evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date, and have experience mentoring others in the profession.
  • You’ll have experience of successfully delivering complex end to end project/ programme management including defining resources, leading multi-million £ procurement and managing the finances, securing project teams and matrix management, across multiple projects/programmes.
  • Projects will have included significant infrastructure elements (planning, highways etc).
  • Experience of developing successful multi-million-pound funding applications and managing high level relationships with key funding partners such as National Lottery
  • Heritage Fund and Local Authorities.
  • You’ll possess excellent communication, problem solving and influencing skills and be confident liaising with Senior Leaders up to Executive level, demonstrating experience of managing complex and contentious external stakeholder relationships, and motivating project teams in complex situations.

Job Details:

Company: National Trust

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Plymouth, GB

Application Deadline: N/A


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