Project Manager (Reservoir contract)

Ref No. BHN520718
Location Havant, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Contract (2028)
Job Status Closed
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Our client is seeking a Project Manager with large water infrastructure project experience to join a unique reservoir project based out of Havant.


Previous water construction experience is essential

The Job

Our client is seeking a Project Manager with large water infrastructure project experience to join a unique reservoir project based out of Havant.

Portsmouth Water has embarked on a £123m project to build a reservoir at Havant Thicket. This environmentally led project will safeguard future water supplies and provide a place of natural beauty for the community to enjoy. The reservoir will provide wetland habitats, paths for walking, cycling, running and horse-riding, and a visitors' centre providing a café and educational resources for schools. The project will be mainly delivered through a main reservoir contract and two pipeline contracts, with some additional related contracts.

Portsmouth Water are looking for a project manager to successfully deliver the Havant Thicket reservoir contract and other, related works. The successful candidate will need to uphold our clients' values of excellence, integrity and respect.


  • Fulfil the role of NEC Project manager for the two, pipeline design and build contracts, and other projects as instructed by the Project Director.
  • Manage design development, construction and commissioning
  • Work with our professional advisers to ensure that works proceed in accordance with planning permission, licenses and compliance with all relevant regulations.
  • Lead health, safety, well-being, quality and environmental performance.
  • Scrutinise contractor information, including applications for payment, programmes, compensation events and early warning notices.
  • Chair meetings with designers, stakeholders and contractors to coordinate works and drive high value performance which is aligned with the values and priorities of Portsmouth Water.
  • Manage key stakeholder relationships to enable the success of the project.
  • Produce monthly progress reports and enable timely decision making to deliver successful commercial outcomes.


  • Strong communication and team leadership skills
  • Good analytical skills with the ability to review and write technical specifications, procurement strategies, business cases, decision support papers and progress reports
  • Strong appreciation of risk management techniques, with experience of managing budgets for large construction projects
  • Good knowledge of construction materials, processes and equipment
  • Excel/Powerpoint/Word/Teams
  • Experience of using Contract Management Software would be an advantage

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field of study
  • More than 10 years of experience of design and construction management
  • Experience of leading major, complex civil infrastructure projects, particularly in the water sector
  • Experience of reservoir works and/or major earthworks would be an advantage
  • NEC contract management experience is essential, ideally with Option C target cost experience
  • Chartered with a relevant institution e.g. MICE, MIET
  • Project management qualification (PRINCE, APM or PMI)
  • Full driving licence (all applicants will be required to undertake our driver assessment)
  • Ideally, the successful candidate will have a recognised supervisory qualification or be able to give a commitment to obtain such a qualification


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • This position is a fixed term but salaried role to run the duration of the Havant Thicket Reservoir Project (2028)
  • Company pension
  • Car allowance
  • Project completion bonus of 20% of basic salary
  • 27 days holiday plus bank holiday - rising by 1 day for each year of service up to 5 days
  • This is the first reservoir to be built in the UK in 40 years - many water companies have draft proposals for future reservoir builds so this is a fantastic opportunity to join an area of the water industry with future prospects/employment
  • This is a site based role (1 day flex working may be considered)
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