Project Manager - South West Peatland Partnership

South West Water

£38,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, carbon, climate & energy, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 30th June 2022   1 day left

At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate.

We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area. And we have huge ambitions.

Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come.

So, if you want to be part of a diverse team where opportunities flow and fresh ideas are welcomed, #JustAddWater.

Are you an experienced Project Manager looking for your next career move and wanting to make a positive impact to the environment?

On behalf of the South West Peatland Partnership, South West Water are delighted that we have successfully secured funding from Natural England’s Nature for Climate Peatlands Restoration scheme which is made up of regional and local organisations to restore 2,634 hectares of damaged peatland in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, saving a total of 652,625 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. As we move into this exciting new phase, you’ll be joining us as we enter a time of innovation, creativity and vision. This is a tremendous opportunity and the projects you will be working on can only add value and help preserve the future of our natural environment.

We currently have an opportunity available for a Project Manager to join our team working in Exeter or Okehampton, with a hybrid working arrangement. You will join us on a full-time, fixed term contract until 2025, and in return, you will receive a salary of £38,000 - £40,000 per annum plus benefits.

About the role:

In this fantastic opportunity you will drive a number of exciting projects that will involve using your ability manage budgets and demonstrate your team leadership skills. With your excellent written communication and verbal skills, you will work with a variety of stakeholders and provide project reporting to the SWW board on the progress towards the programme outputs on a monthly basis, as well as taking the lead for external reporting to Defra, EA, Ofwat and SWW auditors on the statutory and regulatory programme outputs, including WINEP, DWI and ODI outcomes.

What you will be doing

  • Programme management and other delivery activities for the SWPP Nature for Climate Peatland Restoration Grant Scheme and Green Recovery (GR) Dartmoor+ project
  • Line management of the Communications and Education Officers
  • Programme management duties include financial planning, forecasting and reporting
  • Quarterly review meetings with all partner teams, monthly and quarterly progress reports, and close working with the UST Contracts Manager
  • Financial management and project reporting to Defra on the Peatland grant delivery, working closely with the Defra Grant manager and the SWW peatland manager
  • Leading for project management forecasting and reporting via oracle and OPC for GR Dartmoor+
  • Supporting the communications by providing Upstream Thinking media (newspapers/web articles/monthly reports etc), attending external events to promote peatlands and catchment management
  • Leading for the reporting to the SWW board on progress towards the programme outputs on a monthly basis
  • Attendance at external events and related catchment partnership and stakeholder meetings
  • Dealing with and working with the Communications Officer regarding incoming communications, corresponding as required on behalf of the team
  • Preparation of presentations and the development of promotional materials, social media and website. Working with the SWW Communications team and external partners in the development of the above
  • Maintaining data and file systems to enable the reporting of concise, well presented, standardised and auditable records for the department to conform to business requirements

What we are looking for

  • An environmental advocate who is naturally passionate about sustainable land management.
  • Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Driving licence
  • Project management qualifications
  • Programme and Project Management at a high level with multi-million budgets and outcomes
  • Understanding of catchment management and peatland restoration

What's in it for you

We know that the support and commitment of our staff is key to our success so you will receive the opportunity for ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us. We’re one of the largest companies in the South West and are proud to have been awarded Investors in People recognition.

In return, we offer an excellent range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • A discretionary Bonus
  • Competitive Contributory Pension
  • Share save Scheme
  • Various health benefits
  • Wellbeing support programmes
  • A range of Group Discounts
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Financial Support services

Closing Date: Thursday 30th June 2022

Please note, interviews for this role will be on Monday 11th July 2022. When applying for this role, please ensure that you are able to attend an interview on the above date.

Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.

Our core values which are essential to our success are:

  • Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.
  • Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.
  • Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.

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