3 to 6 month contract for an experienced survey Project manager to work on a prestigious rail project that my client is leading on. The work is likely to last between three and six months.
The Survey Project Manager will be required to develop an awareness of survey-related processes, such as land referencing and negotiation of land access licence agreements, survey scheduling and GIS data management, and to understand aspects of the technical context of the survey effort, the skills required in the role are primarily those of a pure project manager, and a technical background in environmental survey or assessment is certainly not required.
North West – Flexible
Responsibilities & Tasks
• Development of a plan and scope for the survey works in conjunction with my clients Ecology Survey Manager, who will lead the overall strategy for ecology surveys on the project, and the Non-Ecology Survey Manager, who will coordinate the technical input across all my client’s non-ecology Topic Leads on the project;
• Coordination between the Ecology/Non-Ecology Survey Managers, Survey GIS Manager and Survey Planner to support appropriate development, communication and management of the survey scope via digital means, in particular GIS, to maximise the opportunities for automation in survey planning and scheduling;
• Coordination between my clients PMO and EWR’s land access/land referencing sub-consultant, and engagement with land and property representatives from EWR Co., to support the definition and communication of land access requirements for surveys, to ensure land access arrangements are being appropriately prioritised and progressed and to escalate to EWR Co. where concerns around land access present a risk to survey delivery;
• Engagement with EWR Co. and my client’s Ecology/Non-Ecology Survey Managers to ensure the survey strategy and programme remains the most appropriate one for the project in light of the evolving land access status, emerging survey findings and developing engineering design and project delivery programme, and to lead in adapting/updating the survey strategy and programme where a need for change is identified;
• Engagement with EWR Co. in relation to procurement of EWR Co.’s survey delivery supply framework (ESSF) to help ensure procurement activities are being appropriately prioritised and progressed to meet the delivery needs of the survey programme;
• Development of an outline programme and cost estimate for the survey management activities, for agreement with EWR Co.;
• Monitoring costs for comparison against the forecast plan, updating the forecast regularly to reflect the dynamic nature of survey activity, and engaging with EWR Co. regarding any changes or risks to survey scope and cost;
• Monitoring progress of the works against the forecast plan, and engaging with EWR Co. regarding any changes or risks to survey programme;
• Engaging proactively and openly with EWR Co. in relation to commercial matters to provide visibility of forecast and actual spend and to ensure EWR Co.’s buy-in when new workstreams, tasks or personnel are being mobilised;
• Raising and responding to contractual communications;
• Managing interfaces within the PMO on behalf of the surveys team;
• Monitoring resource engagement on the project and reporting to my client’s PMO and Environmental Lead if resource levels are insufficient;
• Engagement and coordination with any sub-consultants required to complete the works;
• Maintaining an overview of all H&S related requirements to complete the works, including training of new staff, reporting of incidents and/or hazards to EWR Co. and participating in H&S workshops and audits to minimise risk to all personnel on the project;
• Reporting survey progress to internal and external stakeholders;
• Chairing of internal and external meetings to communicate the status of the works to various stakeholders; and
• Oversight of the day-to-day activities of the key survey management roles within the team, ensuring the requirements of the survey programme will be met by the activities of the key survey workstreams and that any concerns or risks they identify are appropriately escalated, discussed and resolved.
Key roles reporting to the Surveys Project Manager include the following:
• Ecology Survey Manager – Owns the overall strategy for ecology surveys on the project, leads the detailed scoping of ecology surveys and manages a team of Species Leads to facilitate arrangements for successful management, delivery and assurance of the surveys;
• Non-Ecology Survey Manager – Owns the non-ecology survey strategy/scope in a similar fashion to the Ecology Survey Manager, but acts in a purely management capacity with the technical aspects delegated to individual leads;
• Survey Commercial/Supply Chain Manager – Supports the Survey Project Manager in cost and change management activities, liaises with the client’s PMO regarding commercial reporting for the work packages, undertakes contract and commercial management of sub-consultants specifically engaged in survey work and supports EWR Co. in commercial management of their survey framework suppliers;
• Survey GIS Manager – Acts as my client’s survey management team’s point of contact for all GIS-related matters and liaises with EWR Co. on development and maintenance of EWR Co.’s digital tools for survey data collection;
• Survey Planner – Responsible for maintaining a central register of all surveys required and carrying out scheduling of all surveys to be undertaken, and additionally for developing and maintaining dashboards to report survey progress to EWR Co.; and
• H&S Manager – Responsible for setting up and overseeing Health and Safety protocols and procedures associated with survey activities.