Project Manager

Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC)

London
£30,000 - £35,000 depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental management, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 5th November 2021  


This is an opportunity to join a small but dedicated and dynamic management team, working closely with the Board of Trustees, in an award-winning organisation, recognised for leadership in 3rd sector conservation management and education.

FoBC is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, that manages Barnes Common LNR, Vine Road Recreation Ground and Leg o’Mutton LNR with a remit to maintain and enhance these valuable open spaces, providing first class amenities for the public. FoBC works in partnership with Richmond Council (LBRuT) from which it receives the majority of its funding.

FoBC is looking to recruit a Project Manager to manage its role in two major community projects. The first is to oversee the complete revitalisation of the public park at the Vine Road Recreation Ground, incorporating landscaping and a new centre that will provide an educational and social hub. (see website: www.vineroadproject.org). While a considerable amount of work has been completed on initial design, public consultation, a masterplan and website, the project now needs steering through outline planning consent, costing, funding and inception. It is likely that the project could span up to five years.

The second project concerns Flood Resilience. FoBC as a partner with LBRuT and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, have recently been awarded £6 million over the next six years by Defra / EA, as one of 25 schemes nationwide to be selected to take part in their Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme. The project will focus strongly on innovative ways of engaging the local community to help improve resilience to flood risk from surface water within the Beverley Brook catchment within the borough. While a substantial amount of initial work has been completed, a business case is now required for presentation to Defra after which any works will then to be resourced, co-ordinated and implemented.

The Project Manager will work closely with and be supported by the Trustees and other FoBC staff, particularly FoBC’s Community Engagement officer.

Based at: The Pavilion, Vine Road Recreation Ground, Barnes, London, SW13 0NE.

Responsible to: The Board of Friends of Barnes Common.

Contract & Hours: This is a fixed term contract until 30/09/2024 based on an annual salary of £30,000 to £35,000 depending on experience. The contract will be reviewed accordingly after this date.

Performance: Performance will be regularly reviewed by the Board. Emphasis will be placed on the delivery of targeted outputs and contribution to the wider outcomes of the projects.

JOB DESCRIPTION & PRINCIPAL DUTIES

General

  • To oversee scope, cost, budget, timelines, risk, quality issues and communications for projects.
  • To clearly outline objectives along with key deliverables and milestones and identify the tasks that must be completed to fulfil each.
  • Help coordinate the work of FoBC, professional advisers and all stakeholders.
  • Provide up to date monitoring and evaluation reports for project performance, including comparison of actual against planned / scheduled performance.

Vine Road Project

  • To help bring vibrancy and life to a public space by providing facilities and events, for example, social hub and café, toilets, pump track, waterplay areas, celebrating excellence in landscape and horticulture.
  • To help provide community benefits through facilities within the park and via connections to the local community, supporting accessibility, participation, inclusiveness, diversity and wellbeing.
  • To deliver a range of environmental objectives including addressing climate change, flood resilience, renewable energy, recycling and sustainability while also protecting and increasing biodiversity.
  • To deliver a range of new interpretation and information signage to enhance people’s enjoyment and understanding of the park and its heritage.
  • To ensure works are suitably phased so public access continues throughout the project.

Flood Resilience scheme

  • To lead, guide and help trustees and staff fulfil any roles within the Defra / EA scheme that are assigned to FoBC.
  • To oversee the inception and completion of any FoBC led projects deemed viable.
  • To work with FoBC’s Community Engagement officer, engaging local communities in all stages of flood resilience planning and implementation, working in partnership with local authorities and organisations to improve community awareness and resilience. This may include running workshops, displays or exhibitions.
  • To help address capacity within the existing drainage and sewer system, particularly where nature based solutions may provide benefits.
  • To ensure multiple benefits of the scheme, for example, providing wellbeing and educational opportunities, whilst also addressing climate change, improving water levels and quality and enhancing biodiversity. e.g. naturalising watercourses.
  • To help provide a business case to Defra/EA for the scheme and if required, help to present the case to other projects or communities in similar circumstances.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

General:

  • A degree or post degree experience in a relevant discipline, (e.g. natural resources management, sustainable development, environmental management).
  • Ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget and timeline with relevant work experience.
  • Good project management skills including leadership, time-management, prioritisation and organisational with financial / budgetary / auditing disciplines.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, providing clear guidance and technical support with high-quality presentation and formal report writing.
  • Enjoys and is effective at engaging with residents and local communities, building strong partnering relationships.
  • Experience of consultation with stakeholders including partners, government bodies, Environment Agency, other LLFA’s, water companies and trusts.
  • Ability to think innovatively to develop solutions, using an adaptable and pragmatic approach.
  • Effective IT and data skills; some experience of mapping and data modelling work would be useful.
  • An understanding of Health & Safety legislation.
  • Out-going, enthusiastic and personable.
  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check and two references.

Vine Road Project:

  • Experience of working in landscaping, ecological contracting or countryside, environmental or sustainability management.
  • Experience of working with public parks or recreation areas would be useful.
  • A knowledge of grants and funding streams while experience of Heritage Lottery Funding would be useful.
  • An understanding of environmental, ecological, horticultural and sustainability principles.

Flood Resilience scheme:

  • A sound understanding of the key drivers and issues relating to sustainable Flood Risk Management along with the potential response measures used, such as alleviation, mitigation and attenuation. A knowledge and experience of Natural Flood Management i.e. nature based solutions would also be useful.
  • Knowledge and understanding of building construction and the effects that flood damage can cause.

JOB TERMS & CONDITIONS

Salary: £30-35,000 per annum depending on experience
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week).
Holidays: 28 working days per annum in addition to the normal 8 public bank holidays.
Pension: A basic ‘defined contribution’ pension complying with the government ‘opt out’ pension legislation
Probationary Period: 3 months
Notice Period: 1 month’s notice
Training: FoBC is an equal opportunities employer and committed to supporting personal development and training.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]