Parks Projects Manager
Location: Battersea Park
Contract Type: Full time (40 hours per week)
Salary: £38, 208 (ENP02)
Closing date: 15 November 2020
The London Borough of Wandsworth has one of the richest varieties of green spaces in central London. Enable Leisure and Culture is the lead contractor employed by Wandsworth Borough Council to manage and improve 32 parks, commons and green spaces as well as deliver leisure services such as outdoor events, filming, sports provision and wellbeing activities throughout the borough.
We work closely to develop and deliver long lasting improvements in partnership with a wide range of funders. The role of Parks Projects Manager is integral to the delivery of these, taking a leadership role in allowing us to meet the needs and expectations of local communities.
The role is for 40 hours a week and is based in the Parks Office within Battersea Park. Alternative measures including some working from home may be required in the short/medium term due to Covid-19. You will be expected to travel around Wandsworth to visit sites (including live construction sites) and meet contractors on a regular basis and in all weathers.
We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK
Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at email@example.com.
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- Responsible for overseeing the delivery of all development and improvement projects in Wandsworth’s parks, commons and green spaces (including playgrounds): on time, on budget and to recognised standards.
- Work closely with Parks Development & Biodiversity Manager to ensure projects are devised in line with parks strategies, the biodiversity strategy and site-specific management plans. Ensure projects consider the environment and sustainability at all stages of design through to construction.
- Responsible for delivering agreed projects of varied complexity from conception to completion including all delivery planning, budget management and reporting. This includes convening and leading multi-disciplinary teams involving landscape architects, architects, engineers and other strategic partners, including those from teams across Enable and within Wandsworth Council. This will include the delivery of S106 funded and other capital funded projects.
- To be responsible for the Parks Project Officer delivering projects funded through the Wandsworth Local Fund (nCIL funding). Support them in particular with regular progress reporting, communicating with council officers and members, and financial management.
- Ensure that all improvement projects are carried out in accordance with a thorough project management approach. This will also encompass the delivery of necessary stakeholder consultations (in conjunction with the parks participation and communications officer) and also the relevant procurement processes in line with those of Wandsworth Council and other key clients.
- Responsible for the management and monitoring of the delivery of all works ‘on-site’ by a wide range of appointed contactors including making regular visits to live construction sites, often in adverse weather conditions.
- Be responsible for effective communication with council officers, elected members, Friends groups and the public for all matters concerning project development, planning and delivery. This will include contributing to reports, assisting with promotional materials, resolving any complaints and fulfilling any Freedom of Information enquiries.
- Be an active member of the Parks team working collaboratively to provide continual service improvements (including the attainment of external quality accreditation); to ensure activities are integrated and sustainable; to provide cover and support for colleagues; and to attend meetings (both internal and external) as required.
- Work collaboratively with Parks colleagues to identify future projects and support the fundraising officer to secure resources through the contribution of relevant technical details, costs and timelines to funding bids. Working collaboratively with parks colleagues should also ensure that the delivery of projects occurs with minimum disruption to ongoing maintenance operations and / or the use of greenspaces by our visitors.
- Assist colleagues with the design, procurement and delivery of improvements to horticulture and landscaping across our greenspaces ensuring that these achieve high standards, are sustainable and can be appropriately managed and maintained through existing budgets and contracts.
- To carry out any other duties commensurate with the role.
- Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) in landscaping, horticulture or landscape design or min 3years appropriate experience in a directly related post.
- A proven track record of delivering capital improvement projects preferably in a greenspace / public realm context on time and to a recognised standard.
- Proven experience of managing budgets including both income and expenditure forecasting and regular reporting in relation to schemes of values between £10k and £500k.
- Proven experience of accurately costing project proposals and devising relevant supporting materials to inform funders and project partners.
- Experience of sourcing and procuring high quality horticultural and landscaping materials and both hard and soft landscaping services
- Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams to delivery high quality public projects
- Knowledge and experience of local authority procurement and tendering processes.
- Experience of directly manging contracts and contractors to ensure works are delivered on time and on budget. Experience with a range of term contractors, design and build contractors and specialist subcontractors would be beneficial
- Proven experience of producing reports and consultation / promotional materials to inform a wide range of funders, project partners and stakeholders.
- Effective communication skills (written and oral) to be able to engage and inform the public alongside council officers, elected members and non-specialist colleagues.
- The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects to ensure the work programme is delivered effectively.
- Be able to travel around Wandsworth regularly as work requires and able to work in all weathers. Occasional additional early morning, evening and weekend hours may be necessary, for which time off in lieu will be given.
- 25 Days Annual Leave
- Flexible Working
- Pension Scheme
- Eyecare Vouchers
- Free Gym membership
- On-site shower facilities
- Season Ticket Loan
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Weekly fruit basket
- Staff Treats
- Weekly Wellbeing Hour
- And more!