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Freelance Project Manager - Highways (BB-F9223)

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Freelance Project Manager Highways Cambridge Council The development and delivery of new transport infrastructure is vital to the future economic wellbeing of Cambridgeshire. The addition of Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership Funding, a major initiative totalling hundreds of million pounds, has raised the level of responsibilities of the Major Infrastructure Delivery (MID) team to lead and deliver on a range of major projects. The skills required to deliver such a programme are considerable and require detailed engineering knowledge and understanding of project and programme management, procurement and commissioning of highway projects, stakeholder engagement, land negotiation, transport planning and statutory legal processes. Importantly, the Project Manager has responsibility for driving forward innovative ideas across a programme of schemes and for the performance of their delivery team. The role is vital in ensuring effective and efficient delivery of schemes across a wide range of transport projects. In addition, the role requires a strong ability to bring together a wide range of stakeholder groups including Parish and District Councils, resident and campaign groups and businesses, setting delivery outcomes for projects and defining service outcomes across a range of needs – e.g. community engagement and maximising contract savings and achieving value for money. The role supports the Project Team Leader and other managers within Place & Economy in delivering the Council and Directorate’s objectives, through joined-up service planning, community engagement and the flexible use of resources. You will: * Provide leadership support within the MID Highways Service team to ensure the effective delivery of projects that improve the transport infrastructure network. * Provide advice to those within Place & Economy on highway engineering, project and programme management, procurement, community engagement and delivery of the improvements and maintenance of the transport infrastructure network. * Provide and prepare detailed technical reports in a timely and efficient manner ensuring at all times clarity, engagement with stakeholders, and clear requirements of project details, timings and delivery requirements. * Direct, guide and manage project delivery to ensure that objectives are delivered for the project to high quality, forecast delivery times and budget targets. * Lead on key aspects of project expertise within the MID Highways Service for commissioned projects in order to ensure the highest level of knowledge, experience and expertise are used in resolving issues and enquiries. * Manage the technical approval of MID Highway Service projects taking account of detailed design, procurement, programme and customer consultation. * Develop efficient and effective processes for the review of projects, reporting progress, risk, actual and forecast cost and target completion to the Programme Board. * Implement robust programmes for all projects, with appropriate change control processes and utilising suitable project management software packages to manage programme delivery, such as MS Project/Asta, * Plan, manage and lead projects, initiatives and events, ensuring the effective co-ordination and integration of organisation and service activities and securing active engagement by identified participants in order to meet project goals and the Council’s objectives. * Devise, implement and manage systems for the delivery of projects which engage directly and appropriately with colleagues, partners and customers and where integration and co-ordination with other services and organisations is required to achieve the desired outcomes. * Inspire others to contribute to corporate projects in order to see the delivery of better outcomes

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