AP-SPM-3538: Senior Project Manager – Infrastructure/Construction (NEC)
  • Stephen Pimm
  • 28 Apr 2021
  • Location:
    Outside Europe - Falkland Islands
  • Sector:
    Public sector
  • Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Offering:
    £50K - £76K (+ 25% to 35% bonus paid annually) dependent on experience
  • Start Date:
    ASAP - Post Interview and pre-employment checks
Job Description:

A Senior Project Manager is required by our Government client to lead the design and construction of the new port facility located on the Falkland Islands. This is a 3-year fixed term role.


The Falkland Islands Government are currently in the process of delivering a once in a generation project to enhance and improve the main port infrastructure on the island. This will be the largest project undertaken in the history of the Falkland Islands Government and is vital to the continued prosperity of the local economy.


FIG appointed BAM Nuttall on an ECI contract and have been going through initial consultation and stakeholder engagement phases. The concept design stage is scheduled to be completed by June 2021 followed by a detailed design stage to complete phase 1 (9 to 12-months). Phase 2 will be the construction aspect and is anticipated to take 24 to 30-months to complete.  


The role:

As Senior Project Manager, you will report into the Director of Development and Commercial Services, working closely to ensure that the final design is commercially viable and fit for purpose. There is significant stakeholder management required, engaging with the Government, port operator, fishing industry, freight/cargo operators and the local community to ensure that all voices are heard. Credibility is important along with the ability to navigate political environments.

You will have one direct report and work closely with an external organisation providing additional specialist resources (QS, NEC Contract Manager, PM) to assist in the delivery of the project.

This is a fast paced, challenging role which will have significant impact on the future of the Falkland Islands. This role would suit a candidate from a construction consultancy background who has experience delivering large, complex infrastructure projects (£10m+), is commercially focussed with contract management experience (NEC3/4) and has excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.

This role is operating within a small team and requires hands on engagement. Previous technical engineering or construction experience would be beneficial due to the size of the team.

Key Tasks:

  • To manage effective project governance; including Project Board & Project team, professional team and the contractor, establishing effective reporting and meeting schedules and ensuring appropriate reporting measures are in place to support timely decision-making throughout the project.
  • To ensure the project has all required project documentation in place and approved by the Project Board, and all project controls, risk and reporting measures are implemented, to ensure a structured and efficient delivery of the project.
  • Effectively manage and monitor all work streams for the project, and manage the external professional team providing technical and commercial assurance, cost management, contract administration support, and legal advice. Lead and manage internal workstreams, involving internal colleagues as appropriate to deliver required outcomes.
  • Ensure effective and robust management of the main contract and all the contractor’s work streams to ensure all client input and instructions are provided in a timely manner, in accordance with the agreed contractual terms. 
  • Develop and deliver a project Communications Plan, including stakeholder strategy, and ensure appropriate stakeholder engagement required is carried out to inform design and decision making. Liaise with key stakeholders throughout the project, internally and externally, to ensure effective communications
  • Establish an effective project management structure for detailed design and construction stages, with supporting documentation and project processes to allow management and monitoring of the programme of work.  This will include the establishment of appropriate measures for risk and issues management, budget and quality management, auditable project documentation and the establishment of all appropriate governance arrangements. 
  • Develop, and keep updated, a detailed project programme for all work streams and monitor/ manage on behalf of the Project Board; reporting monthly on progress to the Project Board and FIG Corporate Management Team Programme Board.
  • As part of the project, review and consult with stakeholders and other bodies to ensure appropriate measures are in place for Environmental protection during the project
  • With support from the external cost manager on contractual cost management, effectively manage the overall port project budget, ensuring all financial reporting and forecasting requirements are met internally 
  • In consultation with the relevant Directors, ensure the implementation of any new ordinance required for FIPASS and the new port development is taken forward in a timely manner within overall delivery timescales, and develop and implement a programme for procurement of a new port operator. 
  • Develop business plans with stakeholders for the operation of the new port including Port Maritime Safety Code; berthing revenue and other revenue generating initiatives.
  • Engage with the Ministry of Defence to review the operations at Mare Harbour (East Cove) and identify synergies between the new port development and military operations at Mare Harbour.
  • Lead and monitor work streams relating to FIG Public Works, including planning and implementing changes to utilities provision, quarry production etc.   
  • Provide all input required to FIG Programme Management to ensure effective corporate reporting and monitoring of the port project. 
  • To manage all other work streams relating to the port project within FIG, and ensure all necessary administrative, legal and financial requirements are met, and that the project governance meets best practice for a major infrastructure project of this scale and value


Essential skills and experience:
  • Demonstrable project management experience delivering large, complex infrastructure/construction projects valued £10m+.
  • A strong understanding and experience of NEC3/4 contract management.
  • Commercial acumen – particular emphasis on delivering value for money.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to win confidence and build credibility.
  • Strong communication skills including presenting, reporting and senior level engagement.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills in a political and complex stakeholder environment (across all levels).
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to work in fast paced, challenging environments.
  • A collaborative approach.
  • Flexible approach.
  • Degree education (engineering, construction or related) or equivalent professional experience.
  • Formal project management certification (APMPMQ, PRINCE2, PMI etc)
  • Previous experience of marine/port infrastructure would be beneficial.


One stage interview process plus pre-employment checks (including medical, police and referencing) - ASAP start.


This role offers:

  • A competitive salary and a 25%-35% taxable gratuity paid annually (dependent on performance).
  • Favourable income tax scheme.
  • Annual return flight (including any dependents). Note: dependent must join you within three months to be eligible for this service.
  • Relocation grant.

The Falkland Islands offer candidates a unique and beautiful environment. This role would suit candidates who enjoy nature and outdoor activities.


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