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Portfolio Manager

R-052185
  1. Potters Bar, Dartford, Leatherhead

Portfolio Manager

Connect Plus Services (CPS) is a joint venture contract made up of Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Atkins and Egis. The contract maintains and operates the M25 DBFO including surrounding roads on behalf of the Highways England and provides an excellent opportunity to work on one of the busiest networks in Europe. We are currently looking for a Project Manager to join the APD Team for a 12-month contract.

Role Purpose:

  • The Portfolio Manager delivers CPS’ objectives with respect to Project Delivery and focuses on the six key areas of performance: Health & Safety, Quality, Cost, Environment, Delivery and People.

  • The Portfolio Manager epitomises our core values: One Team, Trust, Customer Focus, Respect, and Excellence and the behaviours that support them, which underpin everything we do.

  • Each Portfolio Manager is responsible for an area of delivery either created geographically, by client interface or by asset type. Portfolio Managers work as a team to ensure the whole is effectively and efficiently delivered and hold each other accountable to maintain a high level of performance.

Accountabilities:

  • To ensure responsibilities and objectives set in each year’s Zero Harm Plan are met during delivery on each project in their portfolio and demonstrate leadership in continuous improvement of the culture of their team.

  • To ensure responsibilities and objectives with respect to CDM regulations are met during the complete delivery on each of project in their portfolio.

  • To develop a high-quality relationship with all other Portfolio Managers to embrace the requirements of the one team approach.

  • To develop good relationships with all other teams and clients to ensure that all parties’ project requirements are understood and accounted for.

  • To support the Asset Team in the production of the Asset Management Forward Plan (AMFP) or input into Highways England’s Regional Investment Strategy through advice, influence and leadership. The final product should have an achievable programme, budget and scope for each of the projects for the Portfolio Manager’s teams to deliver.

  • To review on a monthly basis all costs with their appointed Senior QS and reach agreement on the final report. Advise senior managers through Change Control any changes to scope or budget, continuously reflecting back to the aims or constraints set for the project or financial year.

  • To review on a monthly basis all programmes and budget forecasts with their Project Managers, analyse performance trends, identify issues and agree reporting level and quality.

  • Work with the Asset Team and M25 supply chain community to improve and reduce our use of environmental resources through application of best practice, innovation and technological advancement. Ensuring a Whole Life Cost approach is applied to all schemes.

  • To define and control the boundaries of their works, responsibilities and objectives. This is to be achieved by liaising with the other Portfolio Managers, Planner(s) and Construction Manager by agreeing the planning and delivery of their proposed schemes. These activities should include the following:

  • Develop achievable timescales for delivery.

  • Agree clear lines of communication and responsibility.

  • Coordinate Project Manager, Designer and Framework Contractor’s resources.

  • Define and agree measure of ’quality’ to evaluate performance.

  • Agree priorities, identify risks in delivery and their ownership, and when necessary present to senior managers to arbitrate priorities.

  • To share knowledge and resources when required across the Project Delivery Team, to maximise efficiencies and to limit risk exposure to the business.

  • To coordinate supply chain/framework resources across the M25 supply chain community. This is to minimise delivery risk to the DBFO and maximise the continuity of works where possible to the benefit of the supply chain and Framework Contractors, creating a sustainable business culture, delivering value to our clients.

  • To support develop all members of their portfolio team by setting challenging tasks in line with their Personal Development and Performance Development Plans.

  • To support other Portfolio Managers in the development their staff, where identified as adding value to the business.

  • Drive and Live the Connect Plus Services Values – ‘Safe & Well’, ‘Excellence’, ‘Reliable’ and ‘Sustainable’.

  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm.

The following qualities/experience are essential:

  • A ‘Good’ working knowledge of NEC Contract Management.

  • A ‘Good’ working knowledge of Design and Construction works programmes, buildability, and cost value management.

  • Drive and a desire to deliver excellence.

  • The appropriate skills to advise others when something needs immediate redress together with the tenacity and drive to ensure that the necessary action is taken.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills coupled with an ability to form effective relationships.

  • A desire to continuously pursue innovation and development, with a focus on engineering excellence, the customer and the business.

  • Civil Engineering / Construction qualification.

  • Relevant knowledge of engineering and knowledge of what ‘good looks like’.

  • A working understanding of other engineering and construction disciplines, along with a willingness to challenge ‘the norm’.

  • IT literate skills.

  • A valid CSCS card

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment.

We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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