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Project Principal

Mott MacDonald

Location: Cardiff

Job Type: Full time


Job Description:

This is an opportunity for an experienced, qualified and enthusiastic Project Management professional to join our Rail Project Management team. This opportunity is within our market leading team of more than 30 staff dedicated to effective delivery of Rail projects and forming part of a company-wide technical practice.

The Project Principal provides oversight, independent of the project team, for single or multiple projects, ensuring that the project is delivered successfully for the client and for Mott MacDonald.

Successful technical delivery and maintenance of trust between Client and the company is key to commercial and financial success for Mott MacDonald. The Project Principal oversees one or several Project Managers, challenging PMs and Mott MacDonald management as well as mentoring and coaching as necessary with the prime aim of ensuring the projects are able to deliver a successful outcome.

Key Accountabilities:

Project Principals are ultimately accountable for the successful completion of all projects under their oversight. Success means commercial, financial, technical success and realisation of client benefits agreed at WIN stage. Broken down it means:

  • Accountable for commercial success. This means ensuring contract terms and risk mitigations from WIN are put into practice; that terms and risk are assessed and understood during WIN to ensure project is feasible.
  • Accountable for financial success. This means challenging and supporting the PM to manage inputs from discipline teams to deliver commitments, guiding the PM to identify and manage change, and supporting when interventions from P&L owners could reduce the ability to deliver.
  • Accountable for client satisfaction. This means supporting the PM to ensure that suitably skilled staff are made available by the Resourcing Managers and that action is taken to resolve significant relationship or issues of trust. It means managing the tension between internal and external needs.
  • Accountable for sound project governance. This means instigating formal reviews and application of lessons learnt within the project, assessing whether project structure is fit for purpose, that risks are reviewed, and mitigations put in place, and that the Project Plan or Work (PPW) is actively used to manage the project.
  • Ultimately accountable for Health, Safety and Welfare. This means working to Mott MacDonald's global standards and reviewing Health Safety and Welfare alongside project commercials and risk.
  • Actively support business development activity and lead teams to deliver winning bid proposals
Candidate Specification:

Key role requirements include:

  • Strong problem-solving capabilities that use our services to deliver efficient outcomes for public, regulated and private sector clients.
  • Strong client-centric behaviours and a desire to develop opportunities with clients.
  • Keep up to date with market developments, anticipate market changes and assess opportunities to expand our services.
  • Practical experience to be able to participate in or lead meetings with senior stakeholders.
  • Existing project management experience along with formal qualifications and certifications.
  • Experience in working in rail, though broad experience in the transportation sector experience would also be considered.
  • Full membership of APM (MAPM) or Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) status is desirable

One of the largest employee-owned companies in the world, Mott MacDonald is a multisector consultancy providing engineering, management, and development services on projects in 150 countries. With over 16,000 of the best people working on a diverse range of challenges, we're helping our clients deliver sustainable infrastructure and development solutions. We have a collegiate and collaborative culture which values equality and diversity, and we take proactive steps to create an inclusive workplace. Together, we are opening opportunities with connected thinking. If this sounds like somewhere you'd like to work, click apply to continue with your application.