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Junior Project Manager

Posted: 8 Sep 2020 Closes: 7 Nov 2020
Gloucestershire-Barnwood, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time COS_4874

About Costain and your project.

This is an exciting Junior Project Manager opportunity working for our EDF Framework in Barnwood, Gloucester.

Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Costain supports Energy Nuclear Generation to maximise the lifespan of its eight UK nuclear power stations. Costain's role is to provide project controls and commercial managed services to portfolios and programmes of work across all of EDF's eight UK nuclear power stations. As part of this work Costain will develop people capability in core project control skills and provide specialist support to EDFs Central Technical Organisation to improve project performance and deliver cost efficiencies.
What will I be doing?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and structured person to work across different organisations to support the delivery of the AGR Operating Programme (AGROP). We are particularly interested in people with a project management background who have strong administrative and communication skills with the demonstrated ability to work across a number of disciplines and external partners.

AGROP is the industry wide collaborative programme to prepare for and ultimately execute the defuelling of the EDF Energy nuclear power stations. The overall objective of the programme is to complete defuelling activities safely, in a cost-effective manner and to allow economic benefit through maximum low carbon electricity generation to support the needs of the UK.Your role will be to directly support the Programme Manager within a collaborative, cross-organisational team to define, develop, and deliver the work required for the AGROP Programme and help maintain overall programme governance and oversight. The AGROP delivery programme is now maturing and there is a strong focus on delivery and operational handover. An ability to communicate and bring structure to the work would be beneficial.

Key Responsibilities & Outcomes
  • Working as part of a team within Lifetime and Transition and AGROP PMO; reporting to AGROP Programme Manager.
  • Identifying, implementing and complying with applicable technical, safety, environmental and quality standards, company procedure and policies and other relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Producing monthly portfolio reporting information and supporting portfolio review meetings. Managing the AGROP Programmatic Risk process. This will include production of minutes, meeting material, change log and other key documentation.
  • Supporting creation of project / portfolio documentation.
  • Various ad-hoc activities to support the broad nature of work areas in the AGROP Programme
  • Management and maintenance of the change control process in line with project and programme guidelines
  • Management of cross organisational/programme risks and issues
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication of cross programme issues.
  • Supporting of the Modelling and Metrics team/work stream that is informing the AGROP programme by performing analysis.
  • Providing accurate and timely information, data and reports regarding the project status, activities and performance, making use of earned value management where appropriate.
About you

  • An understanding of the project lifecycle from concept to commissioning.
  • Experience in open scope projects which result in tangible delivery strategies would be an advantage.
  • A demonstrable knowledge of health and safety standards and systems in an industrial environment.
  • A proven record of success in supporting programmes and projects in an operational and/or safety critical environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of the nuclear industry and/or AGR plant systems would be a distinct advantage but is not essential.

  • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation including Construction Design Management and Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Knowledge of budget monitoring, commercial awareness and experience at managing contractors.
  • Strong understanding of the need for Quality within the project environment and familiarity with the use and structure of Quality Assurance documentation.
  • A good team player, able to network with and communicate with teams at multiple locations.
  • Experience in using Microsoft packages in particular Excel
  • The ability to work to meet business imperatives and address issues in a logical and progressive manner.
  • Possess strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels in the Company.
  • Typically degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline.
  • Project Management qualification (APMP preferable) desirable.
Final Statement

Why work for us?

Talent comes in many different guises. At Costain we recognise this and work with employees to take them where they want to go rather than where we think they should go. We are fully committed to creating a safe place to work, where everyone can be at their best, every day. A workplace where everyone can be their true self, feel valued and understood for who they are and what makes them unique.

As a mark of our progress we were named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2018 and again in 2019. In addition to this, we have won various awards, including IChemE Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Employer of the year and a Business in the Community (BITC) Game Changer award. Manchester and London Pride parades are now established dates in the Costain calendar, and we are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion. We are a member of Working Families, an early signatory to the BITC Race Charter and a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Costain value that everyone is different and by being different, our people can bring their own valuable contribution to the business. Creating an inclusive culture makes us more able to recruit, retain and progress a diverse workforce, increasing employee engagement and experiencing higher levels of wellbeing.

Our employee benefits

We're dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits. As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy a comprehensive core benefits package which includes:

  • Group Pension Plan, to help you save for the future
  • Employee Assistance Programme, to help employees and their families balance the pressures of work and home life
  • Incentive payments to recognise high-performance
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme, that lets you save towards buying shares in Costain

Costain, and the Armed Forces

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

Right to Work & Security Checks

Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we'll carry out a criminal record check and we'll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK. You may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.

Closing date

Please note that Costain reserves the right to bring forward the closing date of any of its job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend at you apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date.

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