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P3M Consultant

Posted: 9 Nov 2020 Closes: 8 Jan 2021
UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -2104527593

About Costain and your project.

Do you have experience of operational programme / portfolio / project management using best practice and knowledge of project management tools and methodology? This high profile opportunity may be both inward and outward facing; undertaking effective stakeholder engagement whilst assisting in the up-skilling of Client teams through proactive knowledge transfer. We have several opportunities for P3M Constultants at all stages in their careers.

Costain helps to improve people's lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK's leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

What will I be doing?

Working with clients' management teams, the Consultant will lead delivery, transformational change and control management. This position also carries responsibility for the development and implementation of organisational strategies, policies and practices to improve client Programme and Portfolio delivery performance.

Whilst every client commission is different, the role will typically involve some of the following responsibilities:
  • Programme delivery: application and review of appropriate programme / portfolio management and control processes, and ensuring that these are consistently applied to a high standard in delivering value to our customers
  • Organisation: establish the project support office and strategies to support the management of the project/programme such as quality management, change control, issues, risks
  • Vision & Business Case: work with the programme sponsor to develop an engaging Vision that can be used to drive the planning and delivery of the programme benefits
  • Business Change: leading the delivery of major business and change management solutions. Work with stakeholders to shape the blueprint for change including for example, definition of the future organisation structure, processes, technology and information
  • Benefits Management: Define benefits and dis-benefits of the proposed work; establish measurement mechanisms; implement any change needed in order to realise benefits; measure improvement and compare to the business case
  • Programme and Project Controls: Able to employ and lead on analytical techniques, trend analysis and apply complex systems concepts. Lead implementation of Project Control systems in Client organisations, addressing Process, Organisation, Technology and Information issues. Lead effective and constructive stage reviews to assess the 'health' and achievements of the project /programme and to confirm its continuing viability
  • Consultancy: Ability to lead multi-disciplinary programme teams; managing performance and delivery, ensuring consultancy work is delivered in line with the customers' expectations and the Costain Way. Apply influencing skills in a range of complex situations adapting style and leading others to see alternative perspectives they would not have seen on their own, to achieve outcomes
  • Assurance and technical quality: lead programme assurance reviews on projects of increasing size and complexity and in the delivery of major business and change management solutions
About you


You should have a demonstrably deep understanding of the P3M discipline. This will have been developed through extensive experience in one or more of the following sectors:
  • Defence
  • Nuclear
  • Water
  • Highways
  • Rail
  • Aviation
  • You must have excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Expertise in developing business change strategies
  • Fully conversant with continuous improvement and benchmarking methodologies
  • Degree in Project Management or Business Management (or equivilent experience)
  • APMP Professional / PMP Professional
  • Management Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner/Advanced
  • Management of Change Practitioner
  • P3O Practitioner
  • Management of Portfolios Practitioner
  • EVM Practitioner Qualification
  • Certified Management Consultant (CMC)
Desirable professional memberships:
  • Member of ACostE
  • Full Member of APM possibly working towards Fellow of APM
  • Member (MIC) of Institute of Consulting (IoC), possibly working towards Fellow (FIC) of IoC
  • You will have the ability and flexibility to work across the UK
  • Driving Licence
  • Active Security Clearance, or ability to hold Security Clearance is considered beneficial
Final Statement

We listened to our employees, so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers' needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

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.

Please note this is an advert for our job vacancy, and therefore may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the role described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Costain. For a full role profile, please contact us:

The closing date for this vacancy may be subject to change any time at the sole discretion of the Business.

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