Principal Contracts Manager

Ref No. BHN533358
Salary £46,000 - £50,000/annum
Location Mansfield, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open


My Client is recruiting for a Principal Contracts Manager in the Water Treatment Sector


Water Sector Experience

The Job

My Client is recruiting for a Principal Contracts Manager in the Water Treatment Sector

applicants from anywhere in the UK are encouraged - as long as you're able to be in the Mansfield office for a minimum of 1-2 days a week and attend our regular team meetings in person, the hybrid working model is embraced as much as possible.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, there are a number of wonderful benefits to this position including 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), an option to work in a hybrid way, a great civil service pension scheme, generous gym membership contribution, and support for your professional membership.

Main purpose of the job

To lead the Company's Contracts Team in the effective management and operation of expanding the portfolio of mine water, scheduled monitoring and water level control assets. Including:

  • Providing effective leadership to the Contracts Team and all operational service partners.
  • Promoting and maintaining a collaborative and partnered approach within the Environment function and in all dealings with the wider organisation, its customers and service providers.
  • Ensuring effective contractual and operational control is maintained at all times and opportunities for improvement are identified and implemented where appropriate.
  • Ensuring effective budgetary control (budget £12m to £17m per annum) is maintained at all times and reported in accordance with financial governance procedures.
  • Ensuring the effective management and reporting of operational risk, including: all aspects of Health, Safety and Welfare and environmental permits, consents and licences.
  • Supporting delivery of the organisations agreed Business Plan and delivery of the associated corporate and departmental objectives.
  • Being an active member of the department's leadership team, assisting in the delivery of continuous improvement, performance and forward strategy across the, environment function, directorate and the Company.


  • Leading your team by example promoting: high standards of delivery, an open and honest culture in accordance with the corporate values: Trusted, Inclusive and Progressive.
  • Working collaboratively with Senior/Principal Managers and Team Leads within the Environment function i.e. Environment Projects, Defra/NRW teams, Technical and PMO teams, to ensure the delivery of corporate, departmental and team objectives.
  • Working collaboratively with other Senior/Principal Managers and Team Leads within the wider organisation i.e. Innovation/by-products, Emergency Response, PS&S, Digital, etc. to ensure delivery of corporate objectives.
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary team of technical specialist and professionals in the operation of the organisations existing asset portfolio and input into the development and design of new assets.
  • Responsibility for the day to day management of the organisations portfolio of mine water treatment assets, subsidence pumping stations and monitoring sites, including: planned preventive maintenance schedules, reactive/emergency response, planned refurbishment and compliance with environmental permits and consents.
  • Leading the management of a multi - million pound service provision contract, including but not limited to: compliance with Contract specification, approval of Contractors Plan, agreeing and auditing of performance KPI's, Pain/Gain assessment, compliance with best practice, review and approval of applications for Payment, identification and implementation of efficiencies and process improvements.
  • To monitor expenditure, review provisions, accruals and future forecast against budgets.
  • Liaison with internal and external customers and stakeholders to support the delivery of corporate objectives, development of future strategies and identification of potential/emerging risks and deal with 'live enquiries'.
  • Leading the development and support the procurement of the next generation of service provision contract(s) for the operation and maintenance of minewater/operational assets.
  • Leading the development and delivery of prioritised operational programmes and projects, including: daily operations, remedial/refurbishment, preventative, reedbeds, etc.
  • Supporting delivery of wider opportunities and risks such as; climate change, sustainability, mine water heat and water scarcity alongside key water and environmental government policy and delivering social, economic & environmental value.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Degree level qualification in engineering, finance, science or related field, or extensive demonstrable experience.
  • Significant experience of environmental and operational management.
  • Significant experience of financial and high value contract management
  • Knowledge of government water and environmental legislation and policy
  • Budget management experience
  • Strategy development and delivery
  • Leadership and management of diverse teams
  • Working knowledge of Health, Safety and Environmental issues
  • Experience of managing senior stakeholders
  • Membership/Accreditation of a relevant professional body.
  • Leadership qualification.
  • Environmental Legislation
  • Working within a regulated environment
  • Experience in contract management
  • Experience in financial management
  • Experience in a mining liabilities and /or construction field
  • Experience in mine water remediation

Dan Atkinson
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