Interim Project Manager – Capital

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Interim Project Manager - Capital
Interim Position
Oxfordshire 5093408
  • Pay Rate: £381.53 per day PAYE
  • Hours per Week: 37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
  • This opening assignment is for 8 months
  • Oxford, OX1 1DJ
What's involved with this role:

Oxfordshire has a wonderful balance between beautiful Cotswolds countryside, quaint villages and towns against the urban dynamic of the world-renowned City of Oxford and surrounding market towns. It is a thriving county with one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a world class science and technology sector and the base for many national and internationally recognised companies and organisations. As a consequence of this growth, the Council is responsible for a large capital programme to provide additional school places, rebuild or refurbish school buildings and address essential maintenance needs.

Project Managers will focus on establishing and operating projects which include those forming part of the schools’ estate and those involving corporate buildings.  All PM’s will form a single team and need to be interchangeable in their knowledge and skill sharing in order to cover for holidays and sickness and to manage intensive periods of work in one or other areas.  PM’s are responsible for ensuring their projects deliver the desired outcome and that the agreed scope, budget and programme is adhered to, while achieving the best possible value and ensuring council process and procedures are met.

PM’s will work on a range of projects, of varying complexity, giving them scope to develop a wide skill-set and acquire a unique range of experience during their time with Oxfordshire County Council.

Main purpose(s) of the Job:

To provide high-level, skilled and experienced project management on capital projects from inception to completion through the delivery of sound business cases and the securing of suitable procurement methods.

This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all relevant county policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies

To act as the professional lead for the areas specialism - project, programme and budget management, design approvals, communication lead.


  • To organise, manage time and prioritise work effectively whilst delivering a large number of projects, using established programme and project management techniques.
  • To compile and plan budgets and cost estimates in accordance with the council’s policies and procedures.
  • To identify project risks and issues that threaten programme delivery escalating if necessary.
  • To ensure the project at all stages is affordable, driving internal approvals for funding as and when required based on a robust rational for any additional budget either through the appropriate Business Case or via an Out of Tolerance Report.
  • To manage all activities led by the external technical advisor.
  • To manage any change control, contract variations or disseminate key data and specifications to keep all partners and stakeholders well informed and involved in progress and process management.
  • To develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with both internal (Children’s Services, Planning and Place, Directors, elected members and other operational teams etc) and external stakeholders (schools/Academies, technical advisers etc).
  • To negotiate, influence and persuade within and outside the organisation to achieve desired outcomes, employing an adaptable style and persuasion skills to respond to complex relationships and differing perspectives.
  • To identify opportunities for improving the delivery of the capital programme and work effectively with others to continually review these in the light of ‘lessons learnt’.
  • To manage own workload and the resources required to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Attend project team, dashboard and any other internal meetings regarding project specific matters.
  • Update internal financial and programme and risk data at least monthly or when a change has occurred in terms of budget profile, programme and risk.
  • Remain contemporary with legislation and best practice, and ensure that relevant initiatives are adopted to develop the effectiveness of the service.
  • To work in accordance with the Corporate values and competency framework.
  • To maintain and update relevant files, Dashboard Reports and trackers.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

  1. Your address (including post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Essential:
  5. A relevant professional or technical qualification to degree level or equivalent (e.g. project management, quantity surveying, construction or relevant subject matter) and/or
  6. Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers).
  7. Experience of working with and/or within local authorities, schools or academies
  8. Desirable:
    1. Experience in the procurement of major infrastructure projects including developing business cases, feasibility studies and letting of contracts.
    2. Experience of delivering major infrastructure projects, including negotiation with contractors on delivery programmes, variation management and cost management.
    3. Experience/understanding of D&B contracts and how they operate
  9. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for
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Interim Project Manager - Capital
Client Category: Local Authority

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