University of Leicester - Project Manager


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Contents Welcome from the President and Vice-Chancellor




Estates and Digital Services


The role


Overview of the University of Leicester




Living in Leicester


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Welcome from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Leicester is a research-intensive university. Our discoveries have changed the world. Ranked 27 th UK university by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, we are hugely ambitious for the future.

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Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in this unique opportunity to play a leading role in helping to shape the future of this great institution. I was delighted to launch our new strategy recently with members of the Executive Board, the Chair of Council and our passionately engaged students, alumni and donor community. As we celebrate our Centenary we are also at an extraordinary point in our history. We are a university that proudly embraces diversity and where we firmly believe that our differences make us stronger. At Leicester we are fully committed to achieving our goals for improving equality, diversity and inclusion. You would also be joining us at an exciting and challenging time, when there is great potential to transform communities through some amazing ‘game changing’ projects from the Institute for Inclusivity in Higher Education to the Centre for Ethnic Health Research. Leicester has a rich tradition of inspirational teachers and research investigators who are producing talented graduates, discovering new knowledge, pioneering breakthroughs and ultimately transforming lives for the better.

Across the University’s estate, we have a diverse range of building types both on and off campus such as science labs, library spaces, leisure centres with swimming pool, lecture theatres, hospital sites and several hall of residence properties. This means that our teams are working hard to provide optimum working and living conditions for over 3,000 staff and 20,000 students. To ensure this, we are seeking an experienced Project Manager to join our team in delivering a range of capital and revenue projects. These projects will be delivered from inception through to post occupancy evaluation, and may consist of long term maintenance, minor works and major projects. This individual would also contribute to the development and maintenance of best practice processes and protocols, building on our strengths and helping realise our full potential. If Leicester sounds like the place for you at this stage in your career and you have the skills, experience and desire to make a difference, we look forward to hearing from you.


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Strategy The University of Leicester is a lively, energetic and global community, in which dedicated and talented people are anticipating, working towards and helping to shape the future.

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We are committed to undertaking research that saves, improves and enriches lives, and to fostering a teaching and learning environment that transforms the prospects of our students and those they will go on to influence. Our new strategy launched in November 2021 which sets out our priorities for the coming 10 years. Our vision is to provide inspiring education and research working in partnership with our communities to become a truly inclusive University. Following an inclusive consultation exercise the following values have been set: – Inclusive – We are diverse in our makeup and united in ambition. Our diversity is our strength and makes our community stronger.

– Inspiring – We are passionate about inspiring individuals to succeed and realise their ambitions. We challenge our community to think differently, to get involved, and to constantly embrace new ideas. – Impactful – As Citizens of Change we will generate new ideas which deliver impact and empower our community. For further details on the strategy visit our web page.

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Estates and Digital Services

The University’s estate is hugely influential in the decision making process of students when choosing to study here, therefore we are proud to provide a high quality environment for work, study and life, and are committed to delivering continuous improvements to ensure our estate is the best it can be.

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Estate facts and figures The University’s estate extends to a total site area of 95 hectares, comprising a non-residential estate of 110 buildings covering around 200,000m 2 and a residential estate of 191 properties totalling around 100,000m 2 . The majority of the academic facilities are located to the south of Leicester city centre comprising a dedicated campus supplemented by a number of satellite properties to the north and south, all located within a 1 mile radius. The residences are in two locations: The City, on the edge of main campus, and The Village which is around 3 miles away. We also have strong links with several hospital sites in and around Leicester. Our estate Our compact campus features architecture that ranges from the Victorian grandeur of the Fielding Johnson Building to the state-of-the-art David Wilson Library, all presided over by the three towers which form the University’s distinctive silhouette, including the 18-storey Attenborough Tower. Our world-famous Engineering Building was the first major building designed by British architects Sir James Stirling and James Gowan. Completed in 1963, the Grade II listed building comprises workshops and laboratories at ground level and a tower containing offices and lecture theatres. We are have recently undertaken works to replace the roof and glazed facades of the building to secure its use for the 21 st century.

We’re committed to sustainability in everything that we do and to delivering a continual reduction in our carbon footprint. All new developments are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, as evidenced in one of our recent development projects, the £42 million George Davies Centre. Completed in 2016, the building is the UK’s biggest Passivhaus building and represents the largest investment in medical education by any UK university in the last decade. In 2016, the redevelopment of Fielding Johnson Square was completed. Formerly a car park, the area between the Students’ Union Building and the David Wilson Library has now been sensitively landscaped to provide an outdoor events space for the enjoyment of our University community and Leicester residents alike. The 1,000m 2 space has been designed to host events such as Christmas markets, open days, graduation receptions and much more. Its design is purposefully clutter-free and provides unobstructed access routes between surrounding campus buildings. We are the first university in the country to launch a partnership with our Students’ Union for on-campus catering and retail facilities, demonstrating our recognition of the importance of campus services contributing to staff and student experience. Since 2010, the University estate has won over 100 construction awards which include the BREEAM worldwide sustainability standard Certificate of Excellence for the George Davies Centre.

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The role

Role purpose You will act in the capacity of Project Manager, providing high quality client focused project management skills to a range of capital and revenue projects, ensuring schemes are briefed, designed, developed, delivered and governed within strict budgetary and programme constraints, fully satisfying University requirements. These projects will be delivered from inception through to post occupancy evaluation, and may consist of Long Term Maintenance (LTM), minor works and major projects. In the short to medium term, the primary focus is likely to be on LTM and this post would therefore suit someone with a passion for, and experience in, projects with a mechanical and electrical bias. The post holder will need to be able to effectively engage with key stakeholders (internal and external) throughout the life of the projects, establishing project brief, assisting in the development of business case and investment appraisals, have the ability to identify suitable procurement strategies, lead and motivate project teams, comprising internal and external resource, and be able to effectively deliver projects to time, quality and budget. Not only will the post holder lead and deliver a number of individual projects, they will also contribute to developing and maintaining best practice processes and protocols.

Job Title: Project Manager Grade: 8 Salary: £44,706 - £56,587 per annum Department: Asset Management and Compliance, Estates and Digital Services Hours/Contract: Full time, permanent Job Family: Management and Administration Reference: 3827

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Resources managed Project teams comprising internal and external resource, with the teams formed according to the size and nature of each project. Projects will vary in value according to need, but would typically be between £250k - £5m, with the predominance of projects towards the bottom to middle of the range. Main duties and responsibilities – Take responsibility for planning, implementing and delivering capital and revenue projects, spanning Long Term Maintenance, minor works and major projects. Provide a single point of responsibility for those projects and be accountable for successful attainment of project objectives. – Establish appropriate procurement strategies that consider both short and long term objectives, complying with University policy, European legislation. – Oversee and manage project performance, ensuring deliverables are satisfied to a high standard of quality, including coordination of activities and monitoring both internal and external staff, consultants and contractors; ensuring true value for money is attained. Ensure adequate project performance reporting is provided on all projects and reported regularly in line with project governance procedures. – Effectively communicate and negotiate to obtain necessary internal and external approvals, engaging with key stakeholders that will include senior academic staff, estate departments and statutory bodies. – Manage and maintain budget control of individual projects and multi-project programmes inline with the approved budget. Take any necessary steps to ensure costs do not exceed budget and project risk is evaluated and controlled throughout all key stages of the project(s) lifecycle. – Proactively contribute to identifying, establishing, implementing and embedding quality driven best practice principals and standards within the Project Delivery team, leading by example to colleagues, helping to manage, support and motivate the project teams. – Ensure that all work undertaken is assessed and delivered in accordance to legislative and University requirements at a minimum, ensuring Health and Safety and Compliance is fully satisfied within scope/design/ specification.

– Where relevant, conduct post occupancy evaluation ‘lessons learned’ once the asset has been delivered, sharing feedback on performance to University colleagues, identifying shortcomings and/or improvements to encourage best practice principles are maintained. Ensure the University ‘Soft Landings/ Countdown’ strategy fully satisfies University requirements and delivers the level of quality required. Internal and external relationships – Internal clients – Colleagues in Asset Management and Compliance, in the delivery of LTM projects; colleagues from academic Colleges or Professional Services Divisions. – External/Internal professional service providers (consultants); Project Managers, designers, engineers and contractors, on a daily basis.

– Contribute to University Committees when appropriate.

– Local Authority/Statutory bodies to ensure compliance.

Planning and organising – Responsible for efficiently managing own allocated workload, and the workload of others within project teams. – Competently monitor and review assigned work(s) to project team members (internal and external) under your control, checking deliverables are adequately completed. – Responsible for identifying and completing own development training needs. – The role requires full management of multiple projects of varying financial value and complexity in various locations throughout the University estate. This requires strong short and long-term planning skills, organisation and programming, requiring the post holder to have analytical ability, be reliable and thorough throughout the life cycle of the projects under their control. – Detailed understanding of the project development process, project management and construction methodologies will be essential. – A full appreciation of modern methods of procurement within the built environment, for professional services and works contractors. – Develop policies and procedures to ensure they meet departmental requirements, both short and long term.

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Qualifications, knowledge and experience Essential – Professionally qualified within a Built Environment discipline.

Skills, abilities and competencies Essential

– High level planning and organisation skills.*

– Solid stakeholder engagement ability.*

– Strong commercial awareness, in particular associated with delivering construction projects.*

– Chartered status (RICS/MCIOB/RIBA/APM).*

– Substantial experience in a similar or related roles.*

– Strong negotiating skills and political awareness.*

– Thorough understanding of the construction process, project development throughout the life cycle and project procedures.* – Experience of managing projects of various sizes, up to £5m.* – Experience of managing principal contractors and external consultant service providers.* – Experience of stakeholder engagement within similar large organisation. Desirable – Experience of delivering construction projects within the Higher Education sector. – Experience of delivering projects with a Mechanical and Electrical bias.

– Experience of managing large project teams.*

– Experience of contract administration (JCT, NEC).*

– High level of attention to detail.

– Strong written and oral communication skills.

– Self-motivated and tenacious, able to manage their own workload and achieve results. Desirable – IT literate in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Planning/Programming software (MSP, Asta).* – Experience of various forms of construction works contracts (JCT, NEC etc).* *Criteria to be used in shortlisting candidates for interview

– Business Case / Investment Appraisal development.

– Health and Safety qualification.

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Criminal declaration If you become an employee, you must inform your manager immediately, in writing, if you are the subject of any current or future police investigations/legal proceedings, which could result in a criminaloffence, conviction, caution, bind-over or charges, or warnings. Supporting university activities As a University of Leicester citizen, you are expected to support key university activities such as clearing, graduation ceremonies, student registration and recruitment open days. We expect all staff as citizens to work flexibly across the University if required. University values Inclusive – We are diverse in our makeup and united in ambition. Our diversity is our strength and makes our community stronger. Inspiring – We are passionate about inspiring individuals to succeed and realise their ambitions. We challenge our community to think differently, to get involved, and to constantly embrace new ideas. Impactful – As Citizens of Change we will generate new ideas which deliver impact and empower our community How to apply The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy MRG. To arrange a confidential briefing conversation please contact our advisors Nick Coppard ( Nicholas.coppard@ ) or Ben Duffill ( ben.duffill@mrgpeople. ) of MRG.

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter.

Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is 1 May 2022.

Interviews will be held on 19 May 2022.

Equality and diversity at Leicester We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion is integral to a successful modern workplace. By developing and implementing policies and systems that challenge stereotypes across all aspects of our work, we have a culture that recognises and values the diverse contributions of our staff which benefits everyone. Our strong values of inclusivity and equality support our efforts to attract a diverse range of high quality staff and students, and identify our University as a progressive and innovative workplace that mainstreams equality, diversity and inclusion. Please visit the following link in order to find more information about the use of personal information provided by candidates to the University of Leicester.

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We have established a reputation as an open, accessible and friendly university, where people enjoy their work.

Overview of the University of Leicester

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The University of Leicester was founded a hundred years ago as a beacon of hope for the future. The men and women who built this institution hoped that the sacrifices made in the Great War would be commemorated through education and research that would change the world for the better.

on the future. Our spirit of discovery is about imaginative new thinking, and this approach enables us to seize new opportunities as we pioneer a distinctive and research- intensive institution, open to all who have talent. To support the delivery of world-class academic activity and create an environment that fosters collaboration and achievement, we are investing to update and refresh our facilities. This includes an expansion of the Percy Gee Building home to our Students’ Union, a new home for our School of Business and the Freemen’s Student Village which includes new study and living spaces. We play a vital part in the UK’s most multicultural city as a major employer, and as an investor and supporter of music, art, sport and culture. There are more than 180,000 graduates from the University today, many of whom choose to stay in the city and region long after they graduate. We work closely with local schools and colleges in all aspects of education including teacher training. We are committed to creating access for anyone with the talent and determination to succeed in their studies, regardless of background. We are similarly committed to helping our city meet its environmental, social and educational ambitions.

Today, we are delivering on that promise.

With 22,185 students and 3,800 staff, Leicester is one of the very best British and global universities with an enviable record of research discoveries, a flair for teaching innovation and proven success in broadening access to higher education. Our research has wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment, with 75% judged to be internationally excellent. Whether it’s our pioneering work in space, breakthroughs in the search for alternatives to antibiotics, or life-changing diabetes research, we demonstrate education and knowledge to be a power for good. While proud of our heritage and our achievements so far, Leicester is a university focused

11,462 Undergraduate students 10,723 Postgraduate students 28% International students

£3.75 million philanthropic cash income 20/21

3,800 Staff

£330 million Turnover

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Centenary Founded in the aftermath of the Great War, the University opened in 1921 as a living memorial to the lost, a symbol of rejuvenation and hope for the future. It was the culmination of an idea that had been brewing for decades, first proposed in 1880 by the Reverend Joseph Wood in his presidential address to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. But it was only when local physician Dr Astley Clarke took over the presidency of the society in 1912 that serious work began on developing the idea. Writing in support of the proposal in 1917, Dr Clarke suggested the creation of a university as a living memorial to those who had sacrificed so much during the fighting in Europe and beyond. He said “To the honour of those who took their part in the Great War, to the glory of those gallant fighters who came through, and to the memory of those devoted heroes who gave their lives in the cause of freedom. Now, every material asset a person possesses may flee; education alone is an asset of which an individual cannot be robbed. Let us, therefore, offer higher education as our war memorial.”

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In November 2018 we marked 100 years since the end of the First World War and we now celebrate our centenary in 2021. A wide range of activities are planned including exhibitions, theatre productions, festivals, social and sporting events. Eminent alumni and staff will be highlighted, along with our legacies. We have awarded commemorative scholarships as well as grants to staff and students to develop purpose-designed activities. As we look forward to our second century, we remember that the University was founded as a beacon of hope for the future – an aspiration as important today as it was when the first undergraduates arrived almost a hundred years ago.

As the war came to an end in November 1918, Dr Clarke announced the creation of the ‘Leicester University Fund’ in celebration of peace and for the founding of a university as a memorial. He made the first contribution of one hundred pounds and another physician, Dr FW Bennett, donated five hundred pounds. Many local people followed suit, giving money in memory of those who had taken part in the conflict. When it opened in 1921, the University provided access to higher education for young men and women who did not have the financial means to move away to study at established universities across the country. Not only did higher education benefit the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, scholarly research also helped local industry and business. Both the widening of access for students from all backgrounds to enter higher education, and a passion for world-changing research are still at the heart of the University’s work today.

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Living in Leicester Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are rich in culture, heritage, and leisure activities, from our vibrant multi-cultural city, to the market towns and rural settings.

Leicester celebrates Diwali (the Festival of Light) with spectacular lights, stunning street parades and dazzling fireworks. It is attended by 35,000 people and is the largest celebration of the festival outside of India. The City also hosts an annual Pride Parade (Leicester Pride), a Caribbean Carnival, and the largest comedy festival in the UK. The University, working in close partnership with the city, has been the inspiration behind two of Leicester’s most famous Tourist attractions. The award-winning National Space Centre – the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and the Richard III Visitors Centre which retells the dramatic story of the University’s discovery of England’s most infamous King. Leicester is well-known as a sporting capital – hosting the country’s best supported rugby team the Leicester Tigers as well as Leicester City Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. The city benefits from a large number of public parks including Abbey Park and also Victoria Park which is adjacent to the University. Leicester is steeped in history, dating back to the original Iron Age settlement which was to become an important Roman trading centre with a commanding position on one of Britain’s

Often described as the heart of rural England, the area features beautiful country villages, the National Forest, great rivers and castles, and a popular cosmopolitan city centre, making it an exciting and diverse place to live and work. Leicester is one of the UK’s ten largest cities and represents the largest economy in the East Midlands region. It has a bustling and diverse atmosphere and recent regeneration (to the tune of £3 billion) has made this cosmopolitan city even more exciting. Leicester is home to the state-of-the-art Curve Theatre, as well as large and multi-cultural festivals. It is famous for its diversity and offers an amazing chance to dive into many different cultural celebrations.

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Leicester represents the largest economy in the East Midlands region.

most important routes – the Fosse Way. The growth of manufacturing industry reached its peak in the great hosiery, textiles and footwear enterprises of the 20 th century. On Leicester’s doorstep is the National Forest, offering cycling, riding and walkways, adventure activities and some of the most impressive landscapes in the region, including the Charnwood Forest and Swithland Reservoir. To the east is Rutland water, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe, which supports a wide range of water sports. Leicester and the surrounding region offer a wide choice of property to buy or rent. In the city itself, there is a diverse mix of housing and apartments. Both new and older properties, including substantial homes, can be found in leafy parts of Leicester within easy reach of the University. Alternatively, there is property available in the attractive villages and market towns in Leicestershire and Rutland such as Market Harborough and Oakham. House prices are markedly less than those in London.

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Application Process

The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG).

To arrange a briefing discussion please contact our advisors Ben Duffill ( / 07976 125 010) or Nick Coppard ( / 07896 079 495) at MRG.

Applications should consist of a CV and should be sent to and

Interviews will take place on 8 August 2022.

University of Leicester University Road Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

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