Canal & River Trust

  • Project Manager

    Job Locations UK-Wigan | Northwich
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent FT
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.


    As a Project Manager you will play an important role applying to help us improve, maintain and preserve our wonderful waterway network for our customers to enjoy today and into the future. 


    You are required to efficiently and safely manage project(s) contributing to increasing the number of people using the waterway whilst protecting the heritage and integrity of the inland waterway network. The successful candidate will contribute to continuous improvement in project management processes and construction standards, quality, safety and value.


    This role is to be based in Wigan or Northwich.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    You will manage a number of projects within the North West Region, predominantly involving canal infrastructure maintenance and restoration.

    • Capture project requirements and prepare a business case to justify investment in a project.
    • Develop and implement a schedule of project activities and key milestones to achieve the project objectives.
    • Plan and control forecasts and actual costs against the project budget.
    • Assign, lead and motivate the project team to ensure all project (time, cost, quality, health and safety and environmental and heritage) objectives are achieved.
    • Develop and agree project budgets and control forecast and actual costs against the budgets
    • Manage risks, issues and changes on the project.
    • Maintain communications with stakeholders and the project team/organisation to satisfy their differing needs.
    • Administer all aspects of the contract to ensure compliance (using NEC ECC/ECSC forms of contract).
    • Manage projects in accordance with the Trust’s Health and Safety policy and defined standards to ensure compliance.
    • Handover and closure of the project in a controlled manner highlighting any areas for improvements or elements of good practice to be considered in future projects.


    Skills/ Qualifications:

    • Holding a relevant degree (e.g. Project Management, Civil Engineering)
    • An appropriate project management qualification is desirable.
    • Proven track record of managing similar maintenance and restoration projects
    • Robust knowledge of project management processes and systems
    • Previous experience using SAP is desirable.
    • Ability to manage stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence
    • Ability to prepare and maintain schedules for activities and events for projects, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements
    • Ability to develop and agree budgets for projects and control forecast and actual costs against the budgets.
    • Good standard of written and verbal communication including experience in making formal presentations in project management subjects
    • Valid driving licence appropriate to vehicle to be driven

    What We Offer

    At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. In addition to your annual salary, we also offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits. Further details can be found here.


    We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


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