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Roads Project Director

Mott MacDonald

Location: Glasgow City

Job Type: Full time


Roads Project Director

You will undertake key responsibilities related to project team leadership, technical delivery, and business development. Your primary role will be as Project Director for major roads projects, with a key focus on Design and Build schemes primarily in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, but on occasion internationally. You'll also play a key role in client engagement and initiating bids to secure future major project opportunities that will deliver our growth targets whilst delivering the aims of our clients and their customers. In guiding and managing project teams, you'll instigate and develop a culture of collaborative delivery, and continuously improve the efficiency of our projects.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Develop trusted relationships with our key and new contractor partners
  • Lead and deliver profitable projects in line with agreed bidding strategies
  • Deliver to budget, programme and quality in all cases
  • Develop a collaborative delivery approach across project teams, supply chain, partners and client teams
  • Enhance client satisfaction
  • Undertake project reviews to foster learning and continuous improvement
  • Contribute to major project bids securing our right to win, delivering customer needs and a viable commercial strategy
  • Work in collaboration with Account Leads and Business Development Managers in the region to position for and capture major bid opportunities in the Scottish roads market
  • Coach and mentor Early Career Professionals

You'll be accountable for fostering innovation in the delivery of design and technical excellence as well as advocating techniques to improve safety and customer service to deliver the goals of our clients and their customers. You will be accountable for the delivery of project budgets and prompt billing and payments.

As a roads professional, you have full awareness of Health & Safety legislation and how it's applied to the design and construction process within the roads sector. Through your career, you've acquired strong skills in project, commercial, financial and programme management and the development of collaborative working relationships. You're able to communicate targets and priorities to staff, clients and partners as well as communicate in a variety of media in an effective and professional manner with relevant parties. You have the ability to deliver in the demanding design and build environment and demonstrate relationship skills to deal with potential conflicting client needs. You have capabilities to meet tight schedules and targets and as well as coach, develop and mentor team members in their professional development. Due to the nature of our work you are flexible to travel to client sites or alternative offices when required.

You will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree in Civil Engineering (or a related subject)
  • Chartered with a professional institution such as ICE or CIHT (or equivalent)
  • Experience delivering cost effective and innovating major highways projects acting at a level expected of a Project Director
  • Experience delivering Design & Build (D&B) projects
  • Experience overseeing large project teams
  • Demonstrable organisational skills and approach to work in order to manage inputs from various disciplines and professionals
  • Ability to develop strong professional relationships with clients and partners

Although not essential, holding a post graduate degree qualification (MEng/MSc or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or similar would be beneficial. Additionally, it would be advantageous if you have experience applying road design standards (Design Manual for Roads & Bridges - DMRB) and specifications (e.g. Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Work - MCHW) as would previous business development experience and marketing skills.

Scotland is currently experiencing an exciting renaissance in infrastructure development, driven by the COP26 global climate change conference in Glasgow this year and a Scottish Government programme focused on Scottish economic growth. Sustainable infrastructure development continues at pace, with opportunities on the Trunk Road network and significant City centre initiatives. Our Roads business is already delivering great roads projects across Scotland. Whether we are planning, designing and implementing new roads, researching and advising on innovative new ideas, or advising on the latest road asset management policies, then innovation, cost certainty and added value through collaborative working are at our core.

We are looking for a Project Director to join our roads leadership team in Scotland to deliver complex highways schemes in Scotland, the UK and globally within a Design and Build environment. The role will give you the opportunity to lead exciting and dynamic high-profile projects where you can develop your leadership capabilities, further your career and achieve high levels of success.

This is a great opportunity to play a senior role in our UK roads business and help shape our future direction in Scotland and the rest of the UK. We are a forward-looking company and you will lead significant projects, manage teams and spearhead our enthusiasm to innovate, standardise and automate delivery across the projects you deliver supported by our practice and excellence networks. You will be responsible for delivering great projects for our clients that align to our purpose of creating positive social outcomes through delivery excellence. You will also play an important role in helping to continue our growth in Scotland, engaging with clients and delivering our compelling offering, playing a key part in securing future opportunities through the bidding process and will proactively contribute to the activities of the Roads Practice as a senior leader within your field.

We can offer:
Pension matched up to 7%
Competitive annual leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave
An annual professional institution subscription
Life insurance
Enhanced parental leave
Annual company performance bonus scheme - Subject to company performance
Flexible benefits scheme to suit you, including cycle to work & Interest free season ticket loans etc.

Equality, diversity and inclusion
We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they have the opportunity to contribute.