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Project Manager (Construction) at Jacobs

Project Manager (Construction)

Jacobs Taunton, Somerset Full Time
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About the opportunity:

Job Purpose:

Hinkley Point ‘C’ (HPC) is a vital part of the UK’s future energy program. As the first of the UK’s next generation of Nuclear power stations, HPC is both of high profile and high complexity. Its delivery will be reliant not only on innovative engineering and construction but also on the most capable of Leadership qualities amongst its Senior Project Managers. The role is to provide leadership to ensure the effective delivery of the Civils Programme of HPC, whilst recognising and managing the impacts of the programme on the wider Project. 

The Project Manager reports directly to a Delivery Manager (usually a Senior Project Manager) and is responsible for the direction and guidance of activities associated with the full life cycle delivery of a contract or work package assigned to them. 

This post has the responsibility to ensure delivery of all (or part of) the engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction and commissioning activities for the life cycle of the contract or work package in accordance with the overall Project schedule. This post will ensure planning and delivery is in accordance with all safety, quality, time and cost parameters to meet the needs of the Project.

Package value £200M plus
Contract : NEC Option E, with annual task order review 

This is a challenging role due to the complexities of the product and its multilayer application. The timing of which fits between civils main room completion (post removal of propping) and MEH install, however the nature of the rooms, with large MEH equipment delivered through leave down openings means the overall sequence is complex and with multiple handovers/hand backs. The exacting QA required for the coating and need to protect the works around and during MEH install will lead to multiple interface management across whole project, with workface in multiple buildings and floors at any one time. Candidate will need the skills to manage the package under NEC, but also liaise closely with NNB Building and Area Mgt Teams, across civil, secondary steel work and MEH scopes to deliver the coatings.


he Hinkley Point C Project is split into programmes or work aligned to either plant islands or disciplined-based scope; which are in turn broken down into further contracts or packages of work in accordance with the Contract and Work Breakdown Structure(s). Each programme will be delivered in part by the Client resources and in part through one or more (interrelated) major contracts. 

This post will manage a contract or package of work. A Project Manager is likely to be responsible for a project that features: 

  • In the region of up to 3 direct reports – plus a matrix team of other disciplines forming the project delivery team 
  • Interaction with the Client in France and/or with HPC Site Construction Team. The principles of a matrix organisation will still apply. This may involve the management of design (in France or UK), procurement; commercial and construction resources of between 10 and 50 staff 
  • Up to 200 contractor staff and numerous external stakeholders 
  • Direct accountability for contract management with values in the region of £250k to £150m (generally part of a single contract)
  • Principal Accountabilities:

  • Define the work scope to be delivered within the contract or package of work and the interfaces to the other elements of the programme
  • Assist in securing the required resources to meet their project requirements, ensuring the maintenance of SQEP for any assigned resource and promptly identifying any personnel shortfalls or issues within their project team 
  • Develop and implement strategies and plans in line with the overall programme execution plan (PEP), setting out how the programme of work will be managed, organised and followed through. The PEP sets out the “why”, “what”, “how”, “when” and “who” for the delivery of the programme 
  • Maintain effective communications with all stakeholders and executing the project or PEP strategies within their contract or package of work 
  • Drive the delivery of the contract or package activities to ensure they are delivered safely, on time, to budget, meeting business & technical requirements. Monitor and manage the progress of the programme - track progress against milestones, deadlines, budget and provide key stakeholders with reports on these matters
  • Anticipate, manage and resolve issues within the contact or package. Identify risks and facilitate the resolution of all issues raised, develop and update the programme budget, and escalate any issues to the Delivery Manager (Programme Manager or Director) 
  • Ensure level 3 schedules are developed and maintained for the contract or package of work. Ensure such schedules are consistent with overall Project schedules (levels 1 and level 2). Escalate any discrepancies to the Project Controls Director 
  • Review Contractor supplied Level 3- and 16-week rolling schedules Review Contractor supplied Level 3 and 16 week rolling schedules
  • Ensure the List of Deliverables (LOD) relating to the scope of work is delivered
  • Apply the principles of Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Apply the principles of Continuous Improvement
  • Ensure that lessons-learnt and knowledge-capture are practiced as business as usual
  • Interface with other programmes to ensure a high-level view of how the total project is progressing and to identify and adopt the use of best practice
  • Ensure that contract or package contractual requirements are fulfilled
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all project team members
  • Nuclear Safety Accountabilities: 

    This Post has key nuclear safety responsibilities which could have a significant impact on nuclear safety through the activities that they perform. These are detailed in the Nuclear Baseline. 

    Nature and Scope:

    The nature of the role is to provide leadership to ensure the effective delivery of activities in the programme, while recognising and managing the impacts of the programme on the wider Project. 

    The Project Manager will apply a project management approach to activities relating to design principles and system design which are undertaken by the Architect Engineer, detailed design, manufacturing and construction which are largely delivered through contracts and commissioning managed through integrated contractor and the Client Energy teams to ensure all activities are delivered safely, to quality, budget and schedule.

    The Project Manager is responsible for the delivery of a specific set of activities to time, cost, safety and quality including the day to day management of specific contracts and the Level 3 and Level 4 schedule (Detailed Control Schedules) which provide detailed weekly and monthly work execution sequences. The Level 3 and 4 schedules are utilised by external organisations responsible for work execution to better define logistic sequencing and internal organisational hand-offs. 

    Leadership is crucial as the Project Manager will be required to establish and lead diverse project team members to deliver activities within their programme. Key resources will need to be identified, requested and clear roles and responsibilities will need to be communicated. 

    The Project Manager will be responsible for setting up and managing a near term work plan to drive the delivery of work on a week by week basis, setting up and compliance with a budget for their areas of activity; development and operation of a risk log– challenging any increase in costs and developing options to reduce cost, establishing and managing the interfaces between their work scope and the work of the other project managers, setting up and operating the quality plan and the change control for their contracts.


  • Note1: Based on Client site at HPC Monday to Friday – 40 hours per week.
  • Note2: Travel and Subsistence for non-locals would be considered for this role.
  • Note3:  There is no parking available at HPC site. Free buses are supplied from either Bristol City Centre or from the Park & Ride facilities located off the M5 Junction 23 & 24.
  • Note4: Please provide travel plan to undertake this role / salary expectation / current notice period on Cover Letter with this application

  • Essential:

  • Degree and chartered status in an engineering, construction or other related field
  • Knowledge and / or practitioner of Project Management with experience of applying either; APM body of knowledge and OGC's Prince 2
  • Good knowledge of CDM Regulations
  • Track record of delivering projects within a technically complex and dynamic environment whilst ensuring high levels of safety, security and environmental responsibility, ideally within the Nuclear Energy sector or similar regulated environment
  • Demonstrate success in managing / developing:
  • Engineering design, contract and field execution strategies for project delivery
  • Multi-discipline EPCM projects
  • Procurement and management of complex contracts
  • Control of costs; risk; schedule and change and proficient in the use of Earned Value tools
  • Close out of commercial claims and the associated negotiations
  • Experience of successfully engaging groups of stakeholders
  • Able to demonstrate strong management skills including project management, financial management, change management and facilitation.
  • Proficient in the use of estimating scheduling, programming and risk tools
  • Experience of managing contractors, consultants and other advisors throughout large and complex construction projects, in a regulated environment. Including NEC or FIDIC contracts
  • Good presentation, influencing and facilitation skills 
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills, able to develop relationships and maintain effective networks
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Detailed understanding of PWR design and experience in PWR operation.
  • Can demonstrate experience of managing project through the project lifecycle from concept to handover
  • Understanding the needs of nuclear quality and how nuclear quality is assured and controlled
  • Understand how to apply a graded approach to quality
  • English language fluent – written & verbal
  • Desired:

  • Previous nuclear working experience
  • French language – written & verbal
  • Key competencies:  


  • Clear decision-making ability with the facility to judge complex situations and assess when to escalate issues
  • Ability to balance conflicting and changing demands through prioritisation and a pragmatic approach 
  • Enthusiasm, energy, passion and conviction
  • Integrity

  • Ability to cope in a technically complex and fast-changing environment, and to respond calmly and rationally to changing aspirations in a deadline-driven situation 
  • Respecting confidentiality 
  • Impact
  • Strong planning and organising skills including the ability to manage several work streams simultaneously
  • Determination and focus to drive projects through to implementation
  • Involvement

  • Determination and focus to drive projects through to implementation
  • Good influencing and persuasion skills with the ability to enthuse and inspire multidisciplinary teams and build successful relationships at all levels
  • Good team player, self-motivated and able to work on own initiative
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