The National Trust is Europe's largest conservation charity with over five million members. Established over 120 years ago, our primary purpose is to promote the preservation of special places for the benefit of the nation. Our ownership includes part of Crickley Hill which we jointly own and manage with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT). The site lies on the Cotswold scarp within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) adjacent to the A417 road.
The site of Crickley Hill is a nationally important site for its archaeology (including the remains of an Iron Age hill fort), as well as for its limestone grassland and woodland. The calcareous grassland is extremely rich in wild plants, invertebrates, and other protected species including adders, bats and many species of birds. The amount of fungi found on the site puts it in the top six in the whole country. It is also actively used and enjoyed by the surrounding population with over 150,000 visitors per year.
Access to Crickley Hill is off the A436/A417 Air Balloon roundabout which for many years has suffered with severe congestion. For over twenty years there have been attempts to find a solution to relieve the pressures at this pinch point. Most recently the government announced funding of circa £255million to find a solution to the performance of this road.
In the context of this proposed road improvement scheme, we are looking for a project manager to engage with a range of stakeholders, including Highways England, over the proposed road scheme as well as help assess how our joint offer with GWT at Crickley Hill would need to adapt should this road scheme go ahead.
What it's like to work here
The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it's proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation's heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.
What you'll be doing
You will lead on our work in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and other stakeholders to attempt to input into the road scheme design as well as assess how our offer at Crickley Hill would need to adapt to the changes brought by the road scheme should it go ahead. You will look to maximise any potential benefits of the scheme, both for the landscape and habitats, and for the visitors who enjoy this special place.
An important element of this role is an ability to engage with partners and the wider public, but to do this effectively you will also need to demonstrate the good project management skills necessary to take on a large project and multiple work streams with significant degrees of complexity. In addition to managing this project, the role will also liaise with other project managers, sponsors and staff to ensure we are adopting a consistent approach across the region.
You will work as part of the South West Roads and Landscapes Programme reporting to the Project Director.
You'll be based at our Bristol Consultancy hub but spend a proportion of your working week at our Crickley Hill and Ebworth properties, and it will be necessary to travel to other locations as required.
Who we're looking for
You will have successfully managed complex projects in a multi-disciplinary environment with multi-disciplinary teams; you deliver everything on time, on budget and to the highest standards. You'll have a good understanding of project management lifecycles, processes and practices and good experience of project management tools and techniques. You may have a formal project management qualification, or you may have equivalent experience.
Diplomatic and decisive, it goes without saying that you're a confident negotiator and presenter.
As this role requires frequent travel, a full driving licence and your own vehicle is essential.
Significant experience in project management
Ability to create and deliver a project from inception to completion
Experience in leading and delivering complex projects with multiple external stakeholders
Excellent communication skills
A good knowledge of heritage, conservation and sustainable development issues
A clear client focus and excellent client relationship management skills
Excellent time management and organisation skills
Looking after you
Health cash plan - from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
Pension contribution match up to 10%
EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career
Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
Develop your skills with an internal secondment
Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
20% off in our retail and catering outlets
Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking