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Project Manager - Minehead

The National Trust
Minehead, Somerset
35,022 pa
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Project Manager - Minehead


We are looking for a dynamic project manager to lead the next stage of this innovative and high profile land-scape scale project along the Exmoor Coast. The project manager will lead the four key workstreams (Nature recovery, tourism & visitor experience, commercial enterprises and partnership working) working collaboratively with delivery teams across North Devon and Somerset. As well as managing delivery of a suite of current projects, you will be looking over the horizon scoping and helping secure funding and support for future projects to help deliver the four workstreams. One of the successes of the wider landscape-scale work so far has been the reintroduction of the beaver and water vole at the Holnicote Estate in Somerset – could you play a part in developing the next success story on the Exmoor Coast?
PLEASE NOTE: We have several hubs you can work from at your convenience – Holnicote in West Somerset, Heddon Valley or Croyde in North Devon. 

What it's like to work here

As the Project Manager for the Exmoor Coast, you’ll be joining our passionate team to become a voice of our landscapes, a conservation champion, and a lover of all things outdoors. You will be working with driven and highly motivated teams leading the way on one of the National Trusts most ambitious land-scape scale outdoors projects.
The Exmoor Coast from Combe Martin to Minehead is a landscape that is as close to being natural and wild as it is possible to get in southern Britain. The Trust owns 55% of this stretch of outstanding coastline which lies within Exmoor National Park and stretches from the West Exmoor properties in the Heddon Valley through Watersmeet and Countisbury (the highest sea cliffs in England) to the great Holnicote Estate in the East. Together the two Exmoor Coast portfolios of North Devon and Somerset Coast and Countryside in total cover 10,500ha, which is 21% of the entire SW Region. Our properties here are renowned for their nature, including extensive tracts of heathland, ancient oak woodlands, and a host of upland and Atlantic species. Yet despite the presence of significant tracts of remaining habitat, much has been lost to agricultural improvement since the Second World War. There is tremendous scope for linking what remains to create what could be one of the finest coastal landscapes in the UK.

What you'll be doing

It will be your role to lead and manage the next stages of the Exmoor Coast project including delivering multiple large projects such as a new Nature Based Solutions project and visitor experience projects. You will be working alongside the General Managers for Somerset Coast & Countryside and North Devon, and the highly engaged Project Team. Using the National Trust Project Management Framework, you will be implementing the best plans to deliver these ambitious projects whilst managing inter-dependencies and risks and working closely with property teams and our own consultancy.
With a number of areas of activity, you will need to draw on your experience of leading and managing multiple work streams in order to co-ordinate teams effectively, helping them to keep track of deadlines, find the most favourable option to complete the task and ensuring this is delivered within budget. As you monitor the success of your activities, you’ll take overall responsibility for project budgets, financial reporting and governance.
You’ll achieve all of this through collaborative working and great information sharing across the multi-disciplinary team. Working with stakeholders both internally and externally (including local community, statutory bodies and funders) you’ll influence where necessary to ensure results are achieved. This will be a highly varied and exciting role and working though others and supporting key individuals in both properties will be vital.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you'll need;
  • Experience in Project management practices and the use of frameworks to deliver projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public presentation, facilitation and training experience
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills including the ability to manage and motivate project teams
  • Sound experience of funding, procuring, contracting and financial processes. Proven track record of managing budgets to control costs
  • Proven experience in sponsor, stakeholder and client / supplier relationship management

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.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


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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