Senior Project Managaer - QMUL

Senior Project Manager Candidate Information Pack

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. With over 25,000 students, 4,500 staff and an annual turnover of £430m, we are one of the largest University of London colleges.


• • Welcome to Queen Mary University of London

• The role of Senior Project Manager

• • Job Description

• • Person Specification

• • Further Information and How to Apply

Welcome to Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering.

Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, the main site in Mile End is one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital.

Our research excellence

Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. The University has invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world.

The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – have confirmed its place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK.

Overall it was ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty universities and 5th in the UK for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs.

Russell Group institution

Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

High-quality learning experience

Queen Mary offers students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world-leading research.

QMUL have invested in new facilities over the past five years to offer its students an exceptional learning environment. Recent developments include the £39m Graduate Centre, providing 7,700 square metres of learning and teaching space, and the new Dental Hospital, home to the Institute of Dentistry, the UK’s first new dental school in forty years. Future developments include the planned new school of Business and Management (8,500 square metres).

Estates & Facilities

The Estates and Facilities Directorate is core to the University’s strategic ambition to provide a world-class managed estate with excellent facilities for staff and students.

The mission of Estates & Facilities is to ensure that the campus buildings, environment, and facilities reach the highest standard of design, sustainability, and presentation. This is to reflect the ambition of Queen Mary, enhance the student experience and promote QMUL as a world class academic institution. The Capital Development team within Estates and Facilities are responsible for the masterplanning and development of all campuses forming the QMUL estate. The team manage a large capital programme from inception to completion, delivering projects on budget, on programme and to a high standard of quality. The improvement in facilities supports academic research and enhances the student experience.

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The role of Senior Project Manager

The Capital Projects team are currently delivering a substantial Capital building programme including;

Multi-million pound refurbishments to the School of Engineering and School of Mathematics Buildings at the Mile End Campus, the Abernethy Building at the Whitechapel Campus, as well as various ongoing legacy intervention schemes, rolling residential refurbishments and Long Term Maintenance projects. We have recently completed construction of the Neuron Pod Installation (see photo below) located at the Blizard Institute, Whitechapel Campus. Design is underway for a new building for the School of Business Management at the Mile End Campus and we are also engaged in proposals for a major refurbishment of the John Vance Science Centre at the Charterhouse Square Campus.

We are seeking a Senior Project Manager to join the Capital Development team and play a leading role in the delivery of a range of major projects that emanate from the capital development programme.

You will initially work as the lead on a major student accommodation scheme that will see the development of several hundred new bedspaces on the Mile End campus.


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It is also anticipated that you will deliver other student accommodation redevelopment projects and a range of projects to improve commercial facilities and physical improvements to facilities to improve student and staff experience.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading large scale refurbishment and new build projects in a lead project manager role.

We are seeking an individual with experience of managing projects with comparable characteristics to the ones found at QMUL, with prior experience of leading the delivery of student accommodation development projects being very important.

We are expecting candidates to have a proven track record and professional background in the development and construction industry in a project management role.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead one of the largest student accommodation projects in the London market in a client side project management role.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Job Description

Job Title:

Senior Project Manager

School/Dept/ Institute & Centre:

Estates and Facilities, Capital Projects Head of Capital Development and Projects

Reports to:


PR06 Full Time

Appointment period: Current Location:


Mile End Campus.

Job Context

Capital Projects are responsible for the Master Planning and Development of all campuses forming the Queen Mary University of London estate. The team manage a large capital programme from inception to completion, delivering projects on budget, on programme and to a high standard of quality. The improvement in facilities supports academic research and enhances the student experience.

Job Purpose

Accountable to and working closely with the Head of Capital Development and Projects, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for the successful implementation for a portfolio of diverse projects including major construction, engineering and related projects at the University. This includes Development (both new build and refurbishment) Maintenance and Infrastructure. The post holder will act as the QMUL client and deliver first class projects, forming the necessary links between all involved parties. The post holder will ensure effective and efficient programme management from project inception to completion, meeting or exceeding briefs, budget control and delivery of quality products.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

1. To deliver projects to the highest quality and standards, managing the project delivery process from inception through to occupancy.

2. To implement effective programme and project management processes.

3. To lead, motivate and manage project teams, including occupiers and external advisors, in delivering first class projects.

4. To liaise with senior management, project board members and the project teams to ensure that their respective needs are fully identified and input into the briefing and design process to ensure that buildings are appraised for lifecycle management to minimise the ongoing costs and liabilities.

5. To ensure that regular customer surveys are undertaken as a performance improvement tool.

6. Liaison with other sections within Estates and Facilities and elsewhere in the University in order to ensure seamless, first class customer service.

7. To manage Health and Safety issues to ensure compliance with statutory requirements and best practice, working closely with the Capital Projects Health and Safety Manager.

8. To procure the necessary statutory and University approvals and consents.

9. To provide timely and accurate reporting on progress, quality and budget/cash flow, providing monthly summary reports, together with the development and ongoing management of project risk registers.

10. To carry out fully inclusive post project evaluations ensuring future procurement processes are informed by shared past contract experiences.

11. To thoroughly understand, and stay abreast of, project management methodologies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Person Specification

This table lists the essential and desirable requirements needed in order to perform the job effectively. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the extent to which they meet these requirements.


Essential / Desirable

Qualifications Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience in property, construction, engineering or project management E Professional Qualification in property, construction, engineering or project management D Knowledge, Skills and Experience Thorough knowledge of construction project management, contract administration and the operation of building contracts, supported by substantial experience. E

Proven and demonstrable experience in the planning and delivery of major construction and/or infrastructure projects in complex organisations. Highly effective interpersonal, influencing and communication skills (both oral and written), including the ability to: • establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers • conduct meetings and present proposals in a clear and concise manner to both specialist and non-specialist audiences • write clear and concise reports and other professional documentation • establish good working relationships with teams of highly qualified professionals and to be socially confident within a wide circle of contacts • direct, influence and motivate teams successfully by engendering good team spirit • successfully negotiate in respect of the project delivery for which there is responsibility, paying particular attention to cost, timescale and the interests of the University • identify key issues and ask searching questions in a diplomatic assertive yet • deal sensitively with confidential information, • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage a team effectively The ability to: • understand the statutory, health and safety requirements of Construction, infrastructure, building ownership and operation • analyse complex, and sometimes numerous, alternatives to determine the best approach to specific issues or areas of work • understand the business issues underpinning project delivery • solve complex and often interrelated problems occurring within and between projects and differing areas of responsibility • plan the activities associated with the preparation of an investment proposal, paying specific attention to the details • pay particular attention to the broader and strategic issues which exist with respect to Estate Management • assimilate significant amounts of detailed information • Collate, interrogate and analyse data





Essential / Desirable

Professionally and financially numerate with the ability to comprehend corpo- rate/project finances and business issues sufficiently to take responsibility for the effective management of cost, resources and time. The flexibility to accommodate frequently changing customer needs and changing workloads within the allocated teams Able to work individually and/or as part of a team, be able to prioritise and work under pressure




Substantial and demonstrable experience of project delivery


Possess excellent IT skills including use of the Microsoft office suite and project management tools including Microsoft Project.

Highly Customer Focused


Essential/Desirable: E = Essential: Requirements without which the job could not be done. D = Desirable: Requirements that would enable the candidate to perform the job well.

Further Information and How to Apply A wide range of benefits are available, this includes 30 days annual leave (plus University closure days and public holidays), a defined benefit pension scheme and also an interest-free season ticket loan. The post attracts a highly competitive salary which includes a retention bonus. For further details of the benefits of working at QMUL please visit Applications should consist of a CV and covering statement outlining key matching experience and rationale for applying for the post. Applications should be sent to; or

For a confidential and informal discussion, please contact the University’s appointed recruitment partners Ben Duffill and Nicholas Coppard at The Management Recruitment Group.

Ben Duffill

Nicholas Coppard

020 3962 9900 | 07976 125 010

020 3962 9900 | 07896 079 495

52-54 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0EH.

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