Contracts Project Manager


Great Orton, Carlisle

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01228 711841 Andrea Rook

Reference: OP.HR.REC

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 30 November 2017

OpenSpace is an Ecological and Conservation Contracting company, looking for a creative and experienced Contracts Project Manager to join our team working within Cumbria, North England and Scotland. As the Contracts Project Manager you will be responsible for the delivery of the Conservation Contracting Work programme so you will need to be capable of leading, directing and motivating a team to deliver multiple projects to a high standard, on time and within budget. You will be expected to make onsite decisions to deliver works in an efficient well-structured manner whilst maintaining Health and Safety requirements and Company values.

Main Duties & Responsibilities: Manage the Conservation Contracts. This includes:

  • Work with the Director in agreeing to deliver the agreed contracts work programme. This will involve direct report meetings with the Director both weekly and monthly.
  • Plan, supervise, organise and co-ordinate the conservation contracting team to deliver each habitat project within the work programme and contract (current staff deployment is 5 with 2 sub-contractors).
  • Co-ordinate, liaise and instruct sub-contractors while on site.
  • Managing client/customer expectations within each project and maintain communication.
  • Maintain communication with project landowners and other interested parties.
  • Deliver each project against agreed project budget/spend by ensuring efficient and timely working. This includes agreed and approved delegated budget responsibilities and ordering.
  • Regular feedback to Director and general internal communication.
  • Plan, deliver and manage Health & Safety Procedures for each project. Maintain relevant H&S records and update accordingly.
  • Assist and in some areas lead on Tender Submissions, site visits and project cost analysis.
  • Maintain high standards of delivery and ensure sustainability targets are met within our environmental policy.
  • Where appropriate, undertake practical work to assist the contracting team to deliver each project.

Work with the contracting team on a range of conservation projects across North England, Scotland and Wales. Our current work area includes (but not restricted to) Peatland Restoration, River Restoration, Woodland Management, Tree Work, Wildflower Seed Harvesting, Reedbed/Wetland Creation, Habitat Management/Recreation, Pond Creation, Tree Planting, Soft Landscaping and Community Wildlife Projects.

Working within the main office or site office to maintain all records/administration.

Liaise with the Senior Ecologist on wider ecological projects with multi-discipline work programmes (most of these are other habitat restoration projects).

Ensure management records, programme administration and computer filing, as part of the role, are updated and maintained

Maintain and develop own professional knowledge and habitat management skills.

Person Specification:

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • Relevant Contract/Project Management training
  • Relevant further education qualification (NVQ, HND, Degree or equivalent).
  • Full Driving Licence (UK or EU equivalent) and be fit to drive.

Skills (Essential Criteria)

  • Previous experience of contract/project management
  • Previous experience of land management.
  • Previous experience in planning projects, submitting tenders and general contract administration.
  • Good communicating skills and networking skills.
  • Competent use of computers and reporting procedures (writing reports, feedback reports etc).
  • Working within a small team culture.
  • Experience of supervising contractors and/or sub-contractors.
  • Experience of meeting deadlines, increasing efficiency/productivity & providing sustainable outcomes.
  • Ability to drive forward a project within agreed timescales and constraints.
  • Experience of delivering project spend within agreed budgets & timescales.
  • Understanding of Health & Safety Policies, implementation, management and issues.

Skills (Desirable)

  • Experience of managing land for nature conservation and wildlife projects.
  • Working and liaising with nature conservation agencies/wildlife trust/landowners and farmers.
  • Practical experience of managing land for wildlife, operating machinery and power tools.
  • Basic machinery and tool maintenance & Managing plant and equipment resources.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Trailer Towing Licence
  • NPTC trained for basic Chainsaw (CS30 & CS31).


  • Interest in wildlife conservation, landscape or the outdoors.
  • Good interpersonal skills and organisational skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to forward plan.
  • Good team worker.
  • Work in all weathers.
  • Work in a physically demanding environment due to the site conditions.
  • Desire to develop a conservation/wildlife management career.
  • Able to cope in stressful work situations.
  • An ability to problem solve and deal with difficult situations.
  • Maintain a professional manner

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