Area Project Manager – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

Freedom Fibre is looking for an Area Project Manager with a strong understanding of infrastructure type projects through the design, construction, and commissioning phases.

The Area Project Manager will develop a deep understanding of a portfolio of projects that are associated with building a nationwide fibre network. The Area Project Manager provides commercial, contractual and project management to support value for money, timely delivery, and the implementation of quality and reliable infrastructure. The role will lead the co-ordination between the various corporate, project, engineering, assurance, and operational disciplines/departments.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop a deep understanding of and manage a portfolio of projects to deliver project outcomes which include timely delivery and value for money.

  • Work with the Planning function to ensure robust programmes are developed and maintained.

  • To work closely with the internal teams and design/build partners to ensure that plans are updated and maintained on a regular basis to reflect progress within the reporting cycle.

  • Lead design and build partner meetings and maintain strong contractor/supplier relationships.

  • Ensure robust change management.

  • Support the valuation of work executed by contractors and certify payments.

  • Support budgetary control, monitoring, and forecasting.

  • Provide robust, timely and accurate cost and value data and the status of progress.

  • Ensure CDM duties (including but not limited to Client; Principal Designer; Principal Contractor) of the organisation are fulfilled in areas under Area Project Manager responsibility.

  • Assess, review, and mitigate project and business delivery risks and prepare a risks and opportunity register.

  • Facilitate lessons learnt exercises at the various stages of the lifecycle.

  • Ensure that projects are compliant with any applicable codes, practices, policies, performance standards, and specifications as required.

Reporting to

Project Manager

Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in an infrastructure sector e.g., construction, telecoms, nuclear.

  • Relevant degree, HND or equivalent

  • Strong experience of commercial, contract and project management.

  • Working knowledge of NEC3 ECC forms and/or other similar forms of contract (desirable).

  • Experience and sound understanding of:

  • Design, engineering assurance and construction

  • H&S legislation and guidance including but not limited to CDM

  • Engineering / infrastructure / street works legislation and standards

  • Environmental considerations and constraints

  • Utilities

  • Asset management

  • Cost and commercial management

  • Risk management

  • Information management.

  • Demonstrable experience successfully managing significant projects / programmes

  • Track record of managing projects through the full project lifecycle

  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and meeting funding and operational targets

  • Experience of dealing with projects that impact on the general public and other stakeholders

  • Experience of compiling clear and concise technical and non-technical reports

  • Strong evidence of people management skills

  • Skilled in using industry standard project management tools and technology

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Good numerical and computer literacy skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Ability to work on own initiative with little or no supervision

  • Ability to supervise others in a supportive manner

  • Ability to achieve results through others

  • Problem solving skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • Analytical thinking skills

  • Precise and diligent

  • Good organisation and planning skills

  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and make sound decisions accordingly

  • Good communication skills and able to foster and maintain good working relationships with suppliers, internal departments, and subcontractors.

Our Ideal Fit

Someone who is a team player and willing to get their sleeves rolled up from time to time in order to take this business from start-up to industry leader.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere where you’ll be encouraged to speak out and contribute where ever you feel you have something to offer. Our offices are open from 07:00 through to 19:00 and we are happy to be flexible with working hours so you can enjoy a relatively stress-free commute or work from home to create the best possible work-life balance that suits you and Freedom Fibre.

We offer an attractive benefits package that includes discretionary bonuses, a generous pension, private healthcare, flexible working and more.

Freedom Fibre is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees.

Place of Work

The place of work will be our offices in Irlam, near Manchester.



#freedomfibre #fibrebroadband #fttp #fullfibre #careers #projectmanager #infrastructure #design #engineering