Senior Project Manager

Kingston University
London (Greater)
£50K p.a. depending on experience
05 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Project Manager

Kingston University is a leading London University with 16,000 students and 2,000 staff based across 5 teaching campuses in and around Kingston upon Thames.  With 5 successful faculties across a broad range of subjects and annual income over £200m the University is continually developing and improving its estate. This is an important client facing role in the Estates professional team – a team which provides strategic planning, design and project management, space and property management, energy management, biodiversity management and other expert advice to the University.

Estates leads the University's Vision Implementation Plan (VIP) which includes new buildings that will transform the learning and teaching experience at the University’s campuses as well as innovative refurbishments and energy management projects. We are currently working on significant projects with architectural practices with worldwide reputations, including Grafton Architects and Haworth Tompkins.  We lead a planned investment of more than £260m over 10 years.

The Senior Project Manager will provide in-house architectural design advice on smaller scale projects and will lead briefing, design advice and project delivery on larger scale projects across the University. This is a unique and exciting client-side design and project management role. It will give the University the in-house capability to deliver best value for money and design quality, ranging from minor projects at circa £100K to major capital schemes in excess of £30m.  As well as project managing and delivering smaller Estates projects the Senior Project Manager will fulfil the Estates Client Representative role on some larger scale schemes, managing consultant teams, project managers and contractors.

Projects emanate from the University’s Estate Development Vision and also from Faculties and Directorates. The Senior Project Manager role will be to develop initial requirements to the point where the design concepts and business cases can be evaluated for practical and financial purposes and then implemented. The post holder must be committed to providing the highest level of project management, design advice and customer service.

The successful candidate will possess significant experience in a project management role with responsibility for leading the design and project management of projects from small scale projects to larger capital schemes, on building types with comparable characteristics to those found in the higher education sector.  You will either be an ARB qualified architect or experienced architectural technologist, a qualified building services designer or an APM or RICS accredited project manager with relevant experience. You will have strong strategic planning and project management skills with experience of business reporting to senior level stakeholders.  Prospective candidates will be technically competent and familiar with construction contract administration. You will be able to demonstrate good experience of managing construction projects safely and within agreed parameters of time, cost and quality.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills together with the capability to work in a cross-functional way are required in this role.

Kingston University offers an attractive package of additional benefits including:

  • 35 days annual leave per year, in addition to public holidays.
  • An excellent local government career average pension scheme.
  • A positive attitude to returners to work / requests for flexible working.

For a confidential discussion and the full job description please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill and Nicholas Coppard on 0207 959v2368.  To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Please ensure your application includes a covering letter setting out why you are the right person for the job as well as submitting an up to date CV.  

Closing date for applications:  1st October 2017

Interviews are scheduled for: w/c 16th October 2017

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