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Client Side Project Manager

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Project Manager

Job Details

Client Side Project Manager / Project Leader

The Role:

The Project Leader(s) (multiple roles in the Projects Organisation) report either directly to the Head of Projects (who in turn reports to the Director of Programme Delivery) or to a Senior Project Leader. These are senior roles which include significant senior line management and the ability to create relationships at the most senior level within the University. The role will encompass a wide sphere of influence over staff, strategic decisions around investment and asset and property development and delivery as well as financial understanding and tactical control and intervention in the delivery of capital projects whose individual value can reach £300m.

Estates Division (ED) is responsible for high-level strategic planning, the delivery of major and minor construction programmes and maintenance of the estate as well as a wide range of University-wide services.

About you:

In order to succeed in this role, you will join us with:

  • Prior experience in personally leading the delivery of large scale complex projects requiring significant planning and co-ordination including infrastructure work to be undertaken. Portfolio value in excess of £50m.
  • Experience of programme delivery and programme management
  • Experience of managing a team of project professional staff and portfolio project delivery ¿ including line management.
  • Demonstrable track record in implementing quality standards and systems, with attention to detail.
  • Commercial and cost management experience (Contract types, procurement, risk and cost)
  • Experience of live construction sites and exposure to being part of a positive Health & Safety culture on site.

Key Managerial Elements Of The Role Include

Setting and oversees strategy (with support from line manager) for management of design quality for multiple projects and their safe delivery through the project life cycle.

Manages multiple teams across diverse projects types. This will include University staff and external consultants at a senior level.

Creates and manages a policy and system for management of design teams in conjunction with the Project Delivery Manual processes. All projects are different, and the role holder will have to create a Project Execution Plan and appropriate management regime to suit each project.

Set standards for projects in conjunction with Project Boards and University process.

The role holder shall be expected to operate at a high level of liaison and networking with senior people both within and outside the University and to present as a professional and commanding representative of the University. This will include taking responsibility for the instruction of workstreams and actions to deliver projects.

Benefits of working at the University of Cambridge include:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;
  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries)
  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;
  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  • Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email Estates Division on

Please quote reference BA41683 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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