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Project Manager - Exeter

The National Trust
Exeter, Devon
45,279 pa
Closing date
29 Sep 2022
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Project Manager - Exeter


The National Trust has huge ambitions for responding to the threats to our environment, especially from climate change and the decline in nature.  At the Killerton Estate in Devon we are doing this by creating the ‘Destination Estate’, a vision & concept to re-imagine the entire estate, to create a functioning landscape and community relevant for the 21st Century.  As part of this work, we are looking for a Project Manager with experience of managing complex building conservation projects within a heritage environment. Working closely with the client and our delivery team, you will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive programme of adaptive re-use projects to a wide range of buildings. 

What it's like to work here

The Devon Let Estate team contains a multidisciplinary team of experts - a flexible and deployable resource of specialist skills and experience in every field of our work. Our purpose is to deliver the Trust’s Strategy by providing a great service to properties and collaborating across boundaries to make things happen. You will work with both internal and external consultants on this project This role will be part of the Whole Trust delivery team and whilst the priority is to deliver the first four large adaptive reuse projects at Killerton, we may deploy you to other similar projects across Devon, should our priorities change. The role will be based out of our Killerton hub in Devon. You will be required to work flexibly and should expect to spend a proportion of your working week on site and a proportion working remotely from home, with occasional time at other offices, as project needs demand.

What you'll be doing

Working within the National Trust’s Project Management Framework, you’ll cover all stages of the project lifecycle from feasibility to handover. The role will include leading engagement with stakeholders and key funding partners as we develop the right solution for the project. Through effective time management, you will make sure that the work delivers at pace and within funding deadlines. Your responsibility will run through until the project is handed back to the property and running smoothly as part of business as usual.
You'll also be expected to play an active part in the Trust’s wider project management community - a network of sharing of best practice and mentoring, as well as technical support and development, ensuring that our projects are delivering benefits in line with our national strategy.
?Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a first interview, which will be held in person on the 11th October 2022 at Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE.

Who we're looking for

  • Project management experience in the delivery of complex building conservation projects including defining resources, leading procurement, securing project teams and matrix management, across multiple projects
  • You'll hold a recognised project (AMP PMQ/Prince 2 Practitioner) management qualification and show evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date
  • Good procurement knowledge (e.g. NEC or similar contracts) and be confident in managing contractors and consultants.
  • Excellent communication skills and be able to communicate with project team members and stakeholders at all levels. 
  • You’ll be able to write clear, concise reports summarising work completed and recommended proposals and present these succinctly to the project board and regional investment board.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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