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National Grid Senior Project Manager, Capital Project Delivery in United Kingdom

About The Role

Brand New Role – Permanent – Hybrid – Hertfordshire/North London

The UK has set out its ambition to be net zero by 2050 (https://players.brightcove.net/867903724001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6305841139112) and the energy industry is responding – together we are building a cleaner, greener Britain.

Want to manage the most exciting portfolios in energy?

Reporting into the Project Director, as a Senior Project Manager you’ll lead a multidisciplinary team of Project Managers/Lead Project Managers through the whole project life cycle.You will take ownership of your own portfolio and will be supporting a team of project managers to deliver projects that affect the lives of millions. Working predominantly from home with some travel, you’ll be given significant flexibility (https://jobs.nationalgrid.com/UK/content/Our-culture/?locale=en_GB) to structure your own role.

We are open to full time and part time applicants, as well as flexible working arrangements.

About You

What we do isn’t just important – it’s essential. That’s why we look to recruit experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for someone who has:

• A proven track record in building strong, enduring and effective relationships with key stakeholders e.g. Government, delivery partners

• Capability delivering large, complex infrastructure projects

• Knowledge of NEC contracts

You’ll have the flexibility and resilience to thrive in an ever changing environment, and the initiative to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Although you’re an expert, you’ll also be regularly exposed to new situations and are excited to learn everything you can.

You are incredibly positive and aware that as Senior Project Manager your attitude will affect everyone in your team and therefore the delivery of the projects they work on. Whilst you rely on your team to deliver for you, you are not afraid to take up the reins and redirect a project in the direction you want it to go.

You’ll bring good experience of handling contracts and teams of project managers, a strong commercial focus and sound understanding of financial systems.

You will have the flexibility to travel when necessary and a company car is provided to support this.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At National Grid, we’re committed to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace for everyone. So if you’re excited about this role but your experience or qualifications don’t match the job description exactly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You might just be the right person for our growing business in this role or another one.

What You'll Do

You will support lead project managers/project managers in your team and will co-ordinate the team in the delivery of 6 major projects, which interlink intrinsically with each other to create your project portfolio. You will share the portfolio of work with another Senior Project Manager.

You’ll likely appoint new team members in the future as the projects development and mature.

Dealing diplomatically with people on issues such as contract dispute or an underperforming employee, you will know how to take the emotion and tension out of a situation and have the ability to help conflicting parties find middle ground.

Committing to developing yourself, in order to develop others you will take responsibility for building relationships and strong networks and actively creating a diverse, inclusive work environment that allows project managers to flourish.

You will encourage project managers to find new and better ways of doing things. You will keep an open mind and listen to fresh perspectives, especially from employees with backgrounds outside of electricity transmission.

As an organisation we are driven by safety. We have an industry leading ‘Safe to Say’ policy which encourages colleagues to speak up and take ownership of safety issues. You will embed this in your team and at every point of your day.

Reviewing your project managers’ forecasts, including risk forecasts you will ensure they are realistic and reasonable. You will then be able to adjust, reprioritise, and ask for support from other National Grid departments when you don’t have the resources or assets to match the volume of work.

Striving to do things as efficiently as possible, you will be mindful that when we bring projects in under budget, we have greater profit to share with our customers.

Using your knowledge of NEC contracts to support the production of those written by your project managers, you’ll play a key role in limiting National Grid’s exposure to risk.

What You'll Get

A competitive starting salary between £65,000 – £83,000 dependent on capability.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus of up to 15% of your salary for stretch performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

About Us

National Grid Strategic Infrastructure is a Business Unit created to propel our grid forward to deliver in 5 years, what has been achieved in the previous 30. By 2030 we aim to have 17 new major infrastructure projects live across England, Scotland and Wales.

Here at National Grid, we connect homes and businesses to power, making sure supply and demand match each other. We make sure the lights are on in schools, operating theatres, and sporting arenas; we’re thousands of people working on behalf of millions of people.

Our investment in Strategic Infrastructure via the Great Grid Upgrade will mean more home grown power, greater energy security and a cleaner future.

Whatever your role, wherever you work with us, you’ll help us hit stretching targets and achieve our far-reaching goal: to secure, clean energy that supports our world far into the future. Here, you will be at the heart of energy.

More Information

This role closes on Feb 26th at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. Interviews will be held Mar 11th or 15th.

We work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

We're committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve, and a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.

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