Senior Construction Project Manager – Estates Services

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Senior Construction Project Manager – Estates Services
PRESTON, Lancashire
Interim Position

CLU RQ805926

Posted: 21st February 2023 15:23
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  • Pay Rate:

    £282.09 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months

  • PRESTON, Lancashire,

    PR1 2HE

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Construction Project Manager – Estates Services

Reference no: CLU RQ805926

Pay rate: £282.09 per day PAYE

Role length:  This opening assignment is for 6 months

To ensure the University estate is fit for purpose to achieve and maintain a learning and academic environment conducive to the needs of the University’s staff and students, whilst ensuring conformance with Health, Safety & Environment legislation.

To support the Estates Strategy by leading on the delivery of estate-related construction projects ranging from construction of new buildings to the improvement and refurbishment of the existing estate in two broad categories: Minor works - £20k to £5m and Major works - >£5m.

To engage and manage external professional consultants to progress the design, construction, and handover of estate-related projects to the agreed quality standard, on time, and to budget. To manage the development and operation of the departmental Project Management Office (PMO) and to act as one of the University’s professional construction project subject matter expert, embedding industry/sector professional best practice across the University.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the project management of a multiple range of development projects across the University – ranging from large new building projects to smaller improvements, refurbishments and reconfigurations: Minor works - £20k to £5m, and Major works - > £5m.
  • Establish formal and robust project governance using an established model e.g. PRINCE2 or APM to ensure the effective delivery of projects through designated management gateway processes.
  • Responsible for the line management of the in-house professional team and the management of external consultants and suppliers.
  • Manage and oversee the procurement process for construction projects in accordance with the Procurement Policy.
  • Provide design and management advice in support of the University’s Estate Strategy and to promote excellence in both design and space utilisation.
  • Assist in the strategic planning and management of all available resources to ensure the effective delivery of the corporate objectives.
  • Develop a clearly defined Project Management Office (PMO) within Estates Services & Capital Projects and ensure adherence to recognised project methodology.
  • Ensure that suitable and sufficient stakeholder consultation takes place during the design, construction, and handover phases of a construction project.
  • Ensure that competent cost and feasibility advice is provided to the University in developing user briefs for business cases, to ensure that all briefs reflect the University’s requirements and can be successfully translated into value for money facilities.
  • Manage the complete end to end delivery of construction projects through RIBA stages 0-7, including the assembly of a collaborative Project Team consisting of the Client, Project Team and Contractors.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • First degree (or Ofqual equivalent) in a construction or project management discipline.
  • Recognised project management qualification.
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body.



  • Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience managing construction projects.
  • Experience of managing construction projects in both the public and private sectors desirable.
  • Experience of assembling a collaborative Project Team as the Client – engaging the Design Team and Contractors.
  • Experience of completing large and complex construction projects to the value of typically circa £20m to the agreed quality, time, and cost.
  • Experience of procuring the construction of new buildings and the refurbishment of existing buildings in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and OJEU Framework.
  • Experience of reviewing and rationalising construction specifications, budgets, and programmes to ensure the optimal outcome for the client.
  • Experience of establishing and developing a Project Management Office (PMO) and the underpinning structure and systems.
  • Experience of presenting professional reports to senior stakeholders and investors at Board level.



  • Strong leadership capability, able to engage, motivate and influence both internal staff and external consultants, contractors, and suppliers.
  • Ability to produce and communicate timely and accurate management reports.
  • Ability to prepare tender documents including specifications and drawings.
  • Ability to critically analyse problems and present options/solutions in a clear and concise format.
  • Possession of a full Driving Licence with no endorsements or disqualifications that will prevent travelling on University business.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Construction, Design, and Management Regulations 2915 and the Client’s duties.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Project and the Microsoft Office suite.


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

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.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your 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. Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.
  5. ***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.
  6. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


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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Senior Construction Project Manager – Estates Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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