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Project Manager

Posted: 2 Aug 2020 Closes: 1 Oct 2020
Gloucestershire-Barnwood, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -468506452

About Costain and your project.

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?

As a Project Manager on the EDF Framework, you will be accountable to the PPM for successful delivery of all aspects of their assigned projects, providing support by leading, coaching and mentoring Project Managers as required to improve team performance and competence.


  • Identifying, implementing and complying with applicable safety, environmental and quality standards, company procedures and policies and other relevant legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Managing the performance of other Project Managers and taking responsibility for the delivery of either a large complex project or a small portfolio of projects
  • Acting as coach and mentor to other Project Managers and helping them in developing their project management knowledge and experience
  • Applying the company project controls standards and developing, maintaining, reporting and trending an accurate project baseline
  • Maintaining a project team containing all the resources required to successfully deliver the project
  • Leading and coaching the project team members creating a positive team working environment
  • Identifying and assessing risks and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies
  • Managing assigned projects from concept (Gate A) to close out (Gate D) and maintaining effective integrated project execution strategies and plans
  • Implementing and maintaining effective communication to the project team and all stakeholders including Station interactions to ensure full understanding and commitment to the deliverables
  • Controlling scope and cost to the agreed project baseline
  • Contract management responsibilities where delegated in the F3 Nomination of Contract Roles form
  • Maintain regular involvement of and communications with the Project Sponsor
  • Ensuring that any control arrangements identified, as part of the implementation of Licence Conditions
About you

The successful candidate will be degree educated, ideally in engineering or related subject, and a chartered engineer (or equivalent professional qualification).
  • APMP formal project management qualification or equivalent.
  • The Project Manager must have a good, detailed understanding of a wide range of project management competencies and be able to evaluate and adopt them within a complex project environment. They must be able to coach and mentor other project managers in the understanding and applying project management competencies. They must have personally executed most of the project management competencies by managing a number of complex projects. These projects need to have involved a knowledge of engineering, design, procurement, safety case, construction and installation/commissioning management and commercial contracting. They should also have significant brown-field project management experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant Health and Safety and Environment legislation including CDM and the actions required to achieve compliance along with a proven track record of working within highly regulated environments with high safety standards and culture. They must also have a good understanding of the needs of quality and how quality is assured and controlled along with relevant experience of commercial, contractual and financial project drivers. Must have excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to develop relationships and maintain effective networks and be results-focussed tempered with a team-centred approach. Must have had experience of dealing with a wide range of both internal and external stakeholders. They must be a strong conflict manager with a firm and assertive approach but take the analytical approach with a "can do" problem solving ability
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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