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Senior Project Manager - Dorking

The National Trust
Dorking, Surrey
56,000 pa
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Senior Project Manager - Dorking


We’re looking for a Senior Project Manager to lead reservoir projects, for example at Stowe Landscape Gardens and Chartwell, and to support our wider regional approach to civil engineering projects. You’ll be involved in works at some of our most significant sites, ensuring we meet our legal obligations alongside maintaining high-quality conservation and visitor experience.

As part of our team, you’ll enjoy an extraordinary diversity of work with knowledgeable and committed colleagues, beautiful places, and a great support network on hand. An ability to lead external consultant teams and to communicate with technical / non-technical stakeholders will be key. You’ll directly manage projects, and so experience leading relevant projects, in excess of £1m, is essential.

What it's like to work here

Your work will provide property teams with advice and practical support, alongside our team of experts in conservation disciplines including project management, nature conservation, planning advice, building surveying, archaeology, curation and more. You’ll be part of a dynamic and growing project management community, with opportunity to become a recognised lead in our region’s civil engineer project delivery. You’ll report to our Regional Lead Building Surveyor, working closely with Property Teams, Assistant Directors and other senior managers.

This role covers the London and South-East region. Your contractual location will be the nearest National Trust consultancy office to your home location, but our hybrid working policy means you can balance office and home working with site visits and meetings at other National Trust places. We’ll talk about this in more detail at interview, but you should expect to be at a National Trust site for 40–60% of your working week.

What you'll be doing

You’ll be leading key reservoir projects, ensuring our external consultants and contractors deliver the National Trust’s requirements. As the internal Project Manager, you’ll be our informed project lead, appointing and overseeing external designers and construction (NEC) project managers. You’ll champion the ‘big picture’, ensuring works respond appropriately to our unique historic settings.

The role will involve managing budgets, programming, risk management and reporting. You’ll be key to stakeholder engagement, communicating with groups of varied technical knowledge. You’ll also support our management team and project community by taking a leading role in our civil engineering and reservoir compliance approach, regionally and with national colleagues. In the future, you may line manage others. Whilst you’ll have works at specific properties, your role will take you throughout our region.

Who we're looking for

 You can view the role profile, which explains the potential scope of the role, in the document attached. We’d love to hear from you if you’re

  • Able to demonstrate extensive experience of successfully delivering complex end to end project/programme management, including defining resources, leading £multi-million procurement, securing project teams and matrix management across multiple projects/programmes.
  • Able to demonstrate successful delivery of civil engineering projects (reservoirs, waterways or other relevant sectors e.g. highways), working with multi-disciplinary external design teams and using NEC contracts. You'll have an understanding of working in sensitive settings, and an appreciation of key industry standards, such as the Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry (CESWI) or the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCDHW).
  • An expert with up-to-date technical knowledge and skills - evidenced at a minimum by holding an APM PPQ/PMQ/MSP qualification.
  • Experienced in mentoring others in the profession, and able to show evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date. An excellent communicator, skilled at managing complex and challenging situations with competing interests and a diverse range of people.
  • A flexible thinker and problem-solver, skilled at negotiating and building productive networks, and confident in using your expertise to influence decisions up to Executive level.
  • An excellent communicator, skilled at managing complex and challenging situations with competing interests and a diverse range of people.
  • A leader for inclusion, who finds ways to create an inclusive culture.

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 places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

• Tax-free childcare scheme

• Rental deposit loan scheme

• Season ticket loan

• EV car lease scheme 

• Perks at work discounts such as 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 Trust places

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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