Project Manager - Surrey

National Trust

Wisley, Surrey
£34,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC81778

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 27th June 2019  


Project Manager - Surrey

Summary

You will be working at two iconic National Trust Surrey properties to deliver new commercial operations at their sites, with a focus on food & beverage and on the let estate. You will have a real understanding of how great commercial ideas can enhance the visitor experience as well as drive bottom line performance. By developing and delivering commercial projects you will effectively support General Managers to improve the financial performance of their properties, to maximise profit and to grow new revenue streams.

You will be leading on the development and delivery of a suite of exciting commercial projects at Polesden Lacey and along the River Wey Navigations. These projects will be vital to generate income to fund essential conservation and visitor experience work at our properties and will help to ensure the sustainability of these unique sites.

This is a full-time role for a fixed term contract of 2 years. Offering a competitive salary of circa £34k per annum, plus an impressive benefits package including a health cash plan, contributory pension of up to 10% and flexible working. We also support our employees’ health and wellbeing by offering generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days, a cycle to work scheme and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

What it's like to work here

It’s a great time to join the National Trust. If you want to be somewhere rural yet still close to London, where you can lead a dedicated project team to deliver ambitious and exciting projects, this is a fantastic opportunity.

Polesden Lacey is a fabulous Edwardian house and estate located on the North Downs at Great Bookham, near Dorking. It is home to a rich collection of paintings, ornaments and furniture and is one of the Trust's most popular properties.

The River Wey was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to barge traffic in 1653. This 15-mile waterway linked Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames, and then to London. Today, the River Wey is one of Surrey’s most important and well-used public greenspaces, offering free access along nearly 20 miles of towpath.

In terms of culture, the Trust is a considerate and enabling employer. We develop and support our staff, work closely together, and trust and empower each other to make good decisions. We promote learning and development, treat people fairly, and value the opinions and views of others. We value diversity and are committed to becoming a truly inclusive organisation, with a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society. We strongly encourage and a wide range of applicants across all identities and backgrounds.

What you'll be doing

This post will lead the delivery of much-needed commercial projects which will generate income to fund the Trust’s conservation work and day-to-day operations. These projects will also significantly improve the visitor experience through providing better facilities and a wider range of experiences. One of the projects will be the development and delivery of a major new food and beverage outlet in the grounds of Polesden Lacey, one of our largest and most iconic sites.

With such a significant level of investment, you can see we’re passionate about improving our sites for visitors. You’ll be leading and managing the delivery of a range of commercial projects at Polesden Lacey and along the River Wey, working closely with a wide range of time to successfully deliver these projects on time and within budget.

You’ll be managing the delivery of a suite of capital works such as construction of a new food & beverage outlet at Polesden, development of a new camping offer, the establishment of some new residential and food and beverage opportunities along the Wey, and conversion of existing buildings into residential accommodation.

To support your leadership of these projects you’ll be linked with the wider National Trust project management community (both regionally and centrally), and with the Trust’s commercial consultants. You will need to travel around London and the South East region from time to time but most of your work will be in the Guildford to Great Bookham area.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for an experienced project manager with a track record of managing complex commercial projects, ideally with experience of delivering buildings and food & beverage projects. You will be someone who can lead, inspire and engage people to successfully deliver projects.

Following on from this, you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience to be considered:

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Significant experience of delivering complex commercial projects;
  • Project management qualification (or be working towards this);
  • Multi-unit operational management unit experience within a large organisation;
  • Strong commercial awareness in retail and/or property;
  • Knowledge of best in class commercial operations and latest external trends;
  • Experience of engaging with a wide variety of partners including local communities;
  • Experience of contract management;
  • Track record of successfully managing complex project budgets;
  • A good working knowledge and understanding of heritage conservation issues.

Skills & Values:

  • Advanced project planning and management skills;
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills including the ability to lead and motivate project teams;
  • Strong financial planning and budget management skills;
  • Excellent people and influencing skills including the ability to build positive relationships and work in partnership with a wide range of partners;
  • Enthusiasm and drive, with the ability to inspire people;
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple workstreams;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Genuine interest in, and commitment to, heritage conservation;
  • Interviews will be held on 8th July at our office in Wisley, Surrey.

The package

Benefits

Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

For further information and to apply, please see our website here.

Closing date: 27 June 2019

Interview date: 8 July 2019


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