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Project Manager (Public Sector)

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Project Manager (Public Sector)

Looking for your next career step as a Project Manager?

Interested in working on meaningful projects making a difference in Northern Ireland's Utility Sector?

VANRATH are delighted to be recruiting for a Project Manager. Reporting into Senior Manager, this is an urgent start for an initial duration of 12 months, with scope for extension.


  • Development of the PID, business cases and tender documentation, including evaluation, to DfI Green Book standards as required.
  • Develop a detailed implementation plan document to ensure clarity on how the programme will proceed and be managed. This will need to be developed and prioritised in the context of wider corporate activity, internal constraints and externally driven change, seeking input from the Head of Function, as appropriate.
  • Monitor project and task progress and report by exception so that corrective action can be arranged promptly. Prepare monthly progress reports so that all staff working on projects, the Project Board, TSG, EC, NI Water Board, DfI and DoF have a regular succinct view of progress and issues.
  • Develop and maintain relevant project risk registers escalating issues to the Portfolio/ Programme Manager, Project Board, Programme SRO, RO or Head of Programme as necessary so that these can be managed effectively.
  • Develop and monitor the Benefits Realisation plan to ensure Projects benefits are captured, measured, evidenced and validated.
  • Develop the project communications plan which will set out the lines of communication to be followed in relation to all aspects of the programme delivery, including governance, reporting, internal and external stakeholder engagement and influencing. The communications plan will also require developing a strategy for communicating to all staff impacted by the change initiatives being proposed.
  • Monitor the budget so that variances can be identified early and appropriate action taken. Complete accruals and payments, maintain the information on CPMR.
  • Development of documentation necessary to secure any necessary external support efficiently and effectively.
  • Management of reviews throughout the programme by Internal Audit or External bodies such as CPD Gateway Reviews. Review Audit reports and ensure any Audit recommendations are completed and reported to the Head of Programme/Director of Business Services by exception.
  • Review the scope and requirements of all Technology and system improvements to ensure that these align with Client's strategic objectives.
  • Ensure continued understanding and capability for Regulatory compliance i.e. BI Governance, Financial Delegations and procurement procedures to ensure that these are followed by all members of the team.
  • Preparation of the project and support contract closure reports and PPE documentation, so that benefits are recorded and lessons learned are captured.


  • 3rd level qualification (e.g. HNC/HND/Degree) in a relevant area e.g. scientific, engineering, business related subjects AND a minimum of 2 years' experience in leading projects with evidence of delivering successful outcomes against agreed objectives, budget in excess of £100k and timelines;


  • A minimum of 4 years' experience in leading projects with evidence of delivering successful outcomes against agreed objectives, budget in excess of £100k and timelines.
  • Demonstrable experience of defining, documenting and delivering complex projects including producing high quality project documentation to include Project Initiation Documents, Business Cases, Project Plans and Management Reports.
  • Demonstrable experience in assisting to develop and document new or revised Business Processes and Policy Documentation.
  • Proficient in the use of IT including Excel, Visio, Powerpoint, Word and Power BI (or equivalent application) with experience in using data analytics to inform decision making.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships at all levels successfully.


  • Recognised qualification in electrical engineering.
  • Recognised qualification in a formal Project Management methodology (e.g. PRINCE2; Agile; MSP).
  • Lean and or Six Sigma Practitioner

Circa £40,000 alongside discount benefits, holiday pay and pension

For further information on this vacancy please apply via the link below or contact Chris Haddock in the strictest confidence.
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