Assistant Project Manager


Assistant Project Manager

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Job Purpose

Hinkley Point ‘C’ (HPC) is a vital part of the UK’s future energy strategy. As the first of the UK’s next generation of Nuclear power stations, HPC is both of high profile and high complexity. The project is delivered through an organisation that comprises multi-disciplinary teams.

The Assistant Project Manager is likely to work within such a team and will have a diverse role within it supporting delivery of work during all project phases within tasks areas that might include:

1.    Nuclear Construction Excellence support
2.    Health and Safety culture reporting
3.    Quality reporting
4.    Schedule review and progress reporting
5.    Financial assessment and budget reporting
6.    Contract administration support and reporting
7.    Risk and Opportunity management synopsis and reporting
8.    Deliverable development of contract scope
9.    Stakeholder liaison and influencing
10.    Joint Management Team Membership

The main responsibilities will include:

•    Coordination and recording meetings with key project stakeholders (internal & external).
•    Supporting, coordination and attending Multi-Disciplinary Team and Joint Management Team meetings.
•    Organisation and coordination of Technical Engineering, Cost, Contractor and Scheduling meetings on behalf of the Programme Manager.
•    Actively encouraging and promoting continual development of challenging collaborative working behaviours to maintain efficient and effective delivery relationships between Design, Procurement, Pre-construction Planning and Construction teams.
•    Production of all Project documentation required to successfully deliver the Project scope.
•    Developing and implementing management systems, as required, supporting delivery and quality as specified by the Project Controls Department.
•    Ensuring that wider NNB arrangements are implemented, as appropriate, within the Programme of works and advising the management team of any necessary actions to ensure this.
•    Facilitate internal communications within the Project Delivery Team and the wider HPC Project teams.
•    Assist the Project Manager delivering the List of Deliverables (LOD).
•    Assist the Project Manager in applying the principles of Earned Value Management (EVM).
•    Assist in upholding the principles of Continuous Improvement.
•    Interfacing with other teams within Nuclear New Build (NNB), on specific tasks as required, under the direction of the Programme Manager for the team.
•    The Programme Team within EDF Energy New Nuclear Build is currently responsible for delivery of a number of contracts that include the following activities: engineering, equipment qualification, procurement, quality control, manufacture, delivery logistics, construction / installation, testing, certification and commissioning.
•    The role will work closely with other project teams, including commercial, procurement, construction, engineering, project controls, operations and safety.
•    The Assistant Project Manager) reports to the team Project Manager and will actively support the wider Programme Management team once assigned to a sub Programme area.



Principal Accountabilities
Project Management

•    Lead/support and assist on tasks required to support the Project Manager’s delivery of the project and contract scope for HPC.
•    Liaise and interface with the other key teams within NNB on specific tasks which are required to support the principle task of delivery of the project and contract scope for HPC.
•    Develop, implement and provide ongoing support towards the use of management systems which will support delivery and quality of the outputs from the Project Controls Department, including planning and document control processes.
•    Participate in providing support to the Team with regard to compliance with approved NNB procedures.
•    Participate in developing the relationships with key statutory stakeholders for the HPC project
•    Project manages delivery of documents required to secure Project delivery including those required for ONR L4 meetings.  This will include the overall Planning Schedule, as well as detailed schedules for associated technical work streams.
•    Ensure that a full and auditable archive of project decisions is maintained to document the project evolution and history.
•    Support the project management functions of the technical work streams to help ensure they are completed on time and on budget, supporting the management of commercial and technical Work through all phases of the project.
•    Support the development of Joint Management Team and collaborative working to reinforce working behaviours against agreed principles and objectives.


Financial Management:

•    Support the Commercial and Programme Managers in the preparation of necessary budget justifications, internal business papers and other approvals to the NNB HPC Project Board.
•    Provide support to some of the Technical Contract Leads in their dealings with suppliers.
It should be noted that this job description is not an exhaustive list of the responsibilities and activities that the job holder may be required to undertake.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience

•    Implementation of project management and organisational skills, which has been gained through practical experience and preferably recognised with a qualification.
•    Excellent written and oral presentation skills, able to communicate effectively and interact with senior managers.
•    Exceptional people management skills, with the ability to build relationships, influence and work collaboratively within complex, internal and external, multidisciplinary groups.
•    Ability to display and communicate a logical thought process, with excellent analytical skills, including capabilities for budget analysis and forecasting.
•    Commercial awareness.
•    Member of the Association of Project Managers or able to demonstrate an understanding of the APM project management Body of Knowledge principles.
•    Knowledge of Nuclear Safety Case and its purpose.
•    Ability to cope well under pressure and within tight timeframes.
•    Undertake individual working to a high level of attention to detail.
•    Preferably a Degree or similar qualification in engineering, construction or related field.
•    Knowledge of CDM Regulations.
•    Can demonstrate experience of managing projects through the project lifecycle from concept to handover
•    Understanding the needs of nuclear quality and how nuclear quality is assured and controlled.
•    Understand how to apply a graded approach to quality

Key Competencies:

•    Communication skills – First class communication and presentation skills.
•    Results orientation – Understanding the required results and focusing to achieve them.
•    Drive and resilience – Determination to succeed in situations and adapt effectively to new situations.
•    Planning and organisation – Working in a structured and thoughtful way whilst demonstrating initiative.
•    Teamwork – Working closely with colleagues to achieve a common goal.


Health & Safety Responsibilities
Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control, and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations.  This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly, where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. As a project, we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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