Technical Project Manager

WRc plc
Swindon, UK
18 Sep 2019
14 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
WRc plc are one of the world's most innovative and independent scientific and engineering consultancies. Founded 90 years ago, we have a unique heritage. We are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and the utilities to solve today's most significant and urgent challenges in the fields of water, gas and the natural environment.

The Opportunity

WRc are expanding their Technical Operations department with a growing team of insourced and outsourced development associates, to deliver an ambitious programme of technology solutions and best practice standards, improving internal business applications, customer solutions and infrastructure.There are exciting times ahead here at WRc plc and we would like you to be part of it. As our company grows and develops into new sectors, we require top-grade people to help us fulfil our mission of developing a world-class centre of technical excellence in the utility sector here in Swindon.

If you are driven to solve problems, enjoy taking ownership of projects through to delivery, and want to develop your career as part of a world-class team, then we need to hear from you. By joining WRc you will be provided with all the opportunities, training and support you need to immediately apply your knowledge in some of our exciting projects, while simultaneously honing and expanding your skills.

The Role

We are currently looking to recruit a Project Manager to play a leading role in the successful delivery of technical projects spanning our business applications, customer software solutions and infrastructure.Acting has a hybrid, Project Manager/Business Analyst, and reporting the Head of Technical Operations, you will analyse projects and requirements, working with the supporting technical resources to plan solutions, working with Azure DevOps to define and manage the tasks and workload across the available resources through to delivery.This Project Manager role is multi-disciplined, encompassing requirements analysis, process mapping, project planning, workload management, stakeholder communication and some solution testing, working towards achievement of our technical roadmap across the business units.

Key Responsibilities

·From the initial project documentation, model business processes AS-IS / TO-BE, evaluate requirements analysis and solution designs with supporting technical resources, plan detailed project tasks in Azure DevOps and manage the workload of the project tasks across the insourced / outsourced resources to delivery

·Management of designs, documents and services

·Management of process improvements

·Ensure that corrective actions are taken to reduce and correct risks, errors or slippage

·Prepare, maintain and communicate project programmes to ensure that delivery timescales can be achieved - or any delay properly reflected

·Communicate project objectives, scope, timescales, risks, standards, plans and designs to all project members, and maintain project team understanding.

·Ensure that reviews and approvals are sought and completed at the appropriate stages, where required and tests including regression tests are planned and carried out on all deliverables

·Management of relationships with outsource development resources

·Support the test planning and quality management for technical projects

·Support the Head of Technical Operations in roadmap & capacity planning



·BSc Hons Degree or equivalent


·Agile Foundation or Practitioner

·Prince2 Foundation or Practitioner

·APMP Fundamentals or Management

Work Experience & Skills


·4+ years' experience working as a Project Manager in a technical software development centric team

·Planning project from high level specifications, process models AS-IS to TO-BE, through to detailed tasks and workload management through to delivery

·Strong knowledge and experience of process mapping, process design and process reengineering using a variety of tools and techniques.

·Proven experience of designing and embedding process improvements.

·Have experience facilitating workshops with project stakeholders.

·Solid experience communicating and influencing at all levels

·Experience of working with AGILE / SCRUM techniques and processes

·Experience of working with Azure DevOps

·Knowledge of software development lifecycles


·Experience of managing projects involving SQL databases, Access databases, web applications with CMS, new web application products, Sharepoint, Office365, infrastructure upgrades

·Experience of working with Azure/AWS cloud platforms

·Basic T-SQL skills

Technical Skills


·Azure DevOps

·Agile/Scrum sprint management

·MS Office products

·Process modelling software e.g. LucidCharts / Visio

·Microsoft Project / GanttProject / SmartSheet


·Basic T-SQL

·Other issue management systems e.g. JIRA

Personal Attributes

·Eligibility to work permanently in the UK

·A passion for technical excellence within your discipline

·Inquisitive, detail orientated, able to filter the right information and be solution focused.

·Apply technical knowledge in a variety of different business areas

·Adherence to best practices and high quality standards

·Organised and self-motivated with the ability to work with a moderate level of supervision

·Exceptional team working skills

·Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

·Excellent interpersonal skills

·A systematic logical approach to problem solving

·Excellent attention to detail

·The ability to prioritise and manage time effectively to meet deadlines and project needs

·The ability to think innovatively

·Problem solving

·Analytical thinking

An understanding of the water industry, the environment and the concept of environmental modelling would be an advantage.

In return we offer a range of benefits including:

·Full on-the-job training

·Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday

·A contributory pension scheme

·25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays

·Free accident/life insurance

·Cash Health Plan

·Active Sports and Social Club

·Subsidised on-site staff restaurant

·Free Parking

·Childcare voucher scheme

·On-site gardening club & allotments

·Convenient office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links

For more information on the type of work that we do please visit our 'What we do' pages at:

WRc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

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