Projects Programme Manager

Interserve FM Ltd
Brighton, UK
19 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Established in 2013 Sussex Estates and Facilities LLP (SEF) is a partnership between Interserve and the University of Sussex which is responsible for providing all the facilities services on campus. This includes capital project delivery, planned maintenance of the built asset plus also cleaning, grounds and fabric maintenance, health and safety advisory and auditing services, portering, security, print and reprographics, transport, utilities management, and waste disposal and recycling.

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. They have both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.

Job Description


The SEF Projects team have a vacancy for a Senior Project Manager to undertake a Projects Programme Manager role to support their exciting large programme of lifecycle and improvement project delivery across the University of Sussex campus in Falmer.

Based in the heart of this vibrant campus, the SEF projects team deliver an exciting mix of capital and revenue projects each year to enhance the student experience.

This Senior Project Manager will report directly to the Head of Projects and be part of the Projects Senior Management Team and be responsible for a team of 6 Project Managers and Building Surveyors delivering works.

Role Specifics:

Overall responsibility for the leadership of the team and the management and success of the planned lifecycle, improvement and significant maintenance projects, including stakeholder engagement, pre-construction and bid process, health and safety, quality, environmental, programme and the cost/value management.

The team will deliver a variety of projects within a range of value, risk and complexity. Our project managers have sole responsibility for their project delivery and are the face of SEF to the client, stakeholders and supply chain.

There is a large amount of stakeholder coordination both within SEF and with the University stakeholders; the applicant should therefore be a good communicator and have the ability to present information competently ensuring all understand what is being requested and actioned.

The applicant should have suitable experience to be able to confidently establish, procure and administer the projects whilst maintaining quality and value for money throughout.


* Be responsible for the daily resource management and utilisation of the projects team which are approximately 6 staff consisting of Project Managers and Building Surveyors. This management will be in line with the company processes and comply with the objectives and deliverables set by the Head of Projects.

* Undertake and assist in the planning, management and delivery of various programmes of works such as lifecycle, improvement and significant maintenance programmes.

* Provide or ensure the provision of relevant information and input to major project teams to ensure SEF's role for Health & Safety compliance of works on campus is achieved.

* Manage project board governance; including preparation of briefing papers, feasibility studies, financial reports and programming and any rolling program of projections in regard to these works.

* Assist the Head of Projects and Deputy Head of Projects with the management, both strategic and operational, of the projects team who deliver a wide and diverse portfolio of projects.

* Manage the reporting of projects for which you or your direct reports are responsible for to the Head of Projects to enable the wider reporting and coordination of these projects to be complete and comprehensive.

* Manage the procurement process and control of contractors, including health & safety and any other contractual requirements.

* Comply with all Health & Safety Legislation and promote SEF's QSHE policy.

* The above list is not exhaustive.

Knowledge Skills & Experience:

You will exhibit the following essential competencies for the role:

* H&S Qualification - Either IOSH, NEBOSH, CDM (desirable)

* Degree (or equivalent) in appropriate construction related subject

* Professional Qualification

* A minimum of 10 years of undertaking a similar role and level of responsibility within a Higher Education or similar environment.

* Experience running refurbishment, capital and lifecycle projects above £10M in value

* Experience of delivering complex Infrastructure works

* Site/ Project Delivery Experience including JCT and NEC Contract Administration

* Experience of delivering programmes of works and managing teams to deliver these.

* Sound knowledge of applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

* Finance Reporting, control and procedures

* Competent use of Document Management systems, spreadsheets, AutoCAD (desirable), Microsoft Project, Word, Excel and Power Point

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