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Highways Project Manager (Transport Infrastructure)

Spencer Clarke Group are working alongside a local authority based in Cambridgeshire to appoint a talented Highways Project Manager on a contract basis.

As a Highways Project Manager, you will the development and delivery of new transport infrastructure is vital to the future economic wellbeing of Cambridgeshire. The skills required to deliver a programme of projects are considerable and require detailed engineering knowledge and understanding of project and programme management, procurement and commissioning of highway projects, stakeholder engagement, land negotiation, transport planning and statutory legal processes. Importantly, the Project Manager has responsibility for driving forward innovative ideas across a programme of schemes and for the performance of their delivery team. The role is vital in ensuring effective and efficient delivery of schemes across a wide range of transport projects.

About the role :

  • Provide leadership support within the Project Delivery Highways Service team to ensure the effective delivery of projects that improve the transport infrastructure network.
  • Provide advice to those within Place & Economy on highway engineering, project and programme management, procurement, community engagement and delivery of the improvements and maintenance of the transport infrastructure network.
  • Provide and prepare detailed technical reports in a timely and efficient manner ensuring at all times clarity, engagement with stakeholders, and clear requirements of project details, timings and delivery requirements.
  • Direct, guide and manage project delivery to ensure that objectives are delivered for the project to high quality, forecast delivery times and budget targets.
  • Lead on key aspects of project expertise within the Project Delivery Highways Service for commissioned projects in order to ensure the highest level of knowledge, experience and expertise are used in resolving issues and enquiries.
  • Manage the technical approval of Project Delivery Highway Service projects taking account of detailed design, procurement, programme and customer consultation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the road safety audit process, and reviewing and implementing as appropriate.
  • Develop efficient and effective processes for the review of projects, reporting progress, risk, actual and forecast cost and target completion to the Programme Board.
  • Implement robust programmes for all projects, with appropriate change control processes and utilising suitable project management software packages to manage programme delivery, such as MS Project.
  • Plan, manage and lead projects, initiatives and events, ensuring the effective co-ordination and integration of organisation and service activities and securing active engagement by identified participants in order to meet project goals and the Council’s objectives.
  • Actively contribute with colleagues across the directorate, the Council and our partners to ensure projects are delivered in the most efficient, effective and co-ordinated manner and represent value for money.
  • Provide the Project Team Leader with robust forward and integrated work programmes embedded with clarity in decision making, timelines, and control processes.
  • Take responsibility in ensuring major contracts are procured to maximum effect, achieve VFM targets through the stages of contract development either through the Highway Services Contract, Eastern Highways Alliance or NEC 3/4 contract environment and tendering process.
  • Ensure all measures are incorporated in projects and work programmes to minimise and mitigate any risk and adverse impact on the environment, communities and businesses.
  • Ensure projects and work programmes take due regard for the needs of all users of the network, especially those who are vulnerable or have particular needsTake active responsibility with the Project Team Leader for the control and monitoring of the capital programme. Ensure monthly progress reports on actual and forecast expenditure are prepared and submitted in a timely way. Report any variances to the Project Team Leader.
  • Report on a monthly basis the forward expenditure plan for projects, identify expenditure shortfalls and capitalise on alternative funding options.
  • Maintain and improve the transport infrastructure network whilst ensuring expenditure is within agreed tolerances of approved budgets.
  • Identify financial pressures and take action, agreed with the Project Team Leader to manage and mitigate those pressures.
  • implement risk monitoring and management processes in accordance with corporate guidelines for each project. Ensure programmes reflect all highlighted risks.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation and best practice in the planning, design and delivery of projects and work programmes.
  • Ensure contractual processes are fully complied with and followed.
  • Provide advice and support across the Place & Economy on the Construction Design and Management Regulations

About you :

  • A proven track record in leading the development, planning and implementation of transport infrastructure and related projects
  • Extensive programme / project management experience with a reputation for delivery
  • Extensive knowledge of technical and contractual requirements relating to scheme development, construction and maintenance
  • Experience in budget management (including local government finance)
  • Experience of working with elected politicians and of ensuring that project and service outcomes align with broader political priorities
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships with senior staff throughout the Authority and staff of external organisations including other Councils and Government agencies
  • Practical experience in dealing and negotiating with consultants and contractors
  • Develop partnerships at the highest levels with other agencies as a means of ensuring project and service objectives are met
  • Proven experience of financial and resource planning and the ability to deliver VFM on contracts and operating in a multi-disciplinary financial environment engaging with stakeholders;
  • Experience in Contract Procurement and Management adopting NEC 3/4 Service and Framework contracts, legislative and policy frameworks that apply to public sector highway projects
  • Experience of developing focused strategies and prioritising actions, leading to change and performance improvements and achieving VFM on projects
  • Fully compliant with the latest Project Management Software tools, including but not exclusively MS Project
  • A proven track record in engaging and leading a diverse set of stakeholder groups to develop and deliver complex major transport projects;
  • Proven experience in the management and development of a highly skilled and multi-disciplinary professional workforce managing performance and monitoring related activities;
  • Can assimilate complex information and provide strategic and delivery reports on project progress/needs to Programme Boards or Committees to achieve project solutions
  • Extensive track record in key practical design and in developing innovative forms of design solutions
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety law and the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM)

What’s on offer:

  • On going contract
  • Monday to Friday
  • £450 to £500 per day (negotiable DOE)

If you’ve got what it takes and would love to find out more information or apply, either:

  • Hit the apply button now and follow the steps
  • Contact Chris Wilkinson on
  • Email your CV to

About Spencer Clarke Group

Here at Spencer Clarke Group, we pride ourselves on connecting you with the best career opportunities; our experienced Consultants have extensive market knowledge and will also provide expert career advice along the way.

When you join us, you will receive:

  • Access to a wide range of temporary and permanent opportunities
  • Free DBS checks
  • Post Placement Aftercare
  • Loyalty reward scheme and regular competitions for our agency professionals
Cambridgeshire, England, UK