Principal Project Manager/ Programme Director

  • Permanent
  • Dorset
  • Applications have closed.

We are currently looking to recruit a Principal Project Manager/ Programme Director for a permanent position based in South West England. Our client will also consider a North West based candidate who is willing to travel to site 2 days per week. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

As the Principal Project Manager/ Programme Director you will be responsible for:


  • Working with bid teams to scope projects and determine requirements, including exclusions and assumptions.
  • Providing cost and delivery estimates and quotations, including margin and cash flow analysis.
  • Contributions to tender preparation.
  • Preparation of project schedules.
  • Evaluating project risks.
  • Developing partnering/supplier strategies.
  • Pre-tender negotiations with clients and sub-contractors on pricing and contractual details.


  • Reading and interpreting project specifications.
  • Working with the project teams to plan resource requirements, project milestones and deliverables.
  • Preparing project budgets and developing a cost base for the project.
  • Preparing key planning documents such as Project Execution Plans, Risk Register, Delivery Schedule, etc.
  • Generating resourced and costed schedules of work (Microsoft Project or Primavera P6).
  • Setting up project files and templates.
  • Holding internal and external opening-up meetings.
  • Risk assessment and mitigation plans.
  • Lead the partnering/supplier strategy and develop contracts for sub-contractors.


  • Overall management, tracking and controlling of the project.
  • Controlling project costs.
  • Reporting internally on project performance.
  • Tracking and reporting internally on the financial performance of the project including spend profiles, budgeted and earned values, forecasted completion costs etc.
  • Manage change control throughout the project including Early Warning Notices and Compensation Event Notices.
  • Managing the project team.
  • Develop a cost base for the project.
  • Supply chain management.
  • Risk management.
  • Ensuring invoices are submitted and monies are received.
  • Key customer interface for the project including contractual change control, customer reporting and progress meetings.
  • Develop and implement the overall project schedule including resource allocation and critical path analysis.

As the Principal Project Manager/ Programme Director you will ideally have:

  • Experience of managing complex, high value (>£10M) projects, preferably within the UK nuclear or other highly regulated industries
  • Senior experience in an engineering or manufacturing environment.
  • Background in commercial Tier 2 contract management.
  • Background in pre and post contract negotiation.
  • Experience in contract change management.
  • Extensive risk management experience.
  • Substantial contractual understanding, particularly NEC 3.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Project and/or Primavera P6.
  • Excellent organisational skills.

As the Principal Project Manager/ Programme Director you will ideally hold the following

  • Full Membership of APM (MAPM) or PRINCE2 qualified.
  • Engineering/technical qualification such as HNC, degree or equivalent experience.

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