Principal Project Manager
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/63605/18735
  • Published: Fri 05/11/2021, 12:53 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 29/11/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,734 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Principal Project Manager

The starting salary for this position is £45,734 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

Surrey County Council have commenced a major Capital Development Programme with the Land and Property Team delivering approximately £500M of new build and refurbishment projects over a five-year period, with plans for further future investment. The portfolio of projects represents the emerging need of the residents, the front-line services and the business-as-usual facilities for the Council. The Council have equally committed to deliver an operationally Net Carbon Zero Estate by 2030, reducing energy use, improving cost efficiency and addressing fuel poverty.

We are recruiting for three full time Principal Project Managers to work within the Capital Delivery Team, to manage and deliver a wide range of projects from inception to completion on behalf of our service department clients and stakeholders. Our project list is currently over one hundred projects which includes SBN and SEND school provisions, public service buildings and support for our most vulnerable residents.

You will be working with external professional advisors and internal departments such as the Estates, Procurement and Legal teams and alongside the Corporate Landlord and Investment teams. The role is focused on delivering high standard, efficient, cost-saving projects, which meet the organisation's strategic objectives, operational plans, improve the experience of the users and support the lives of our residents.  

The Capital Development Team was restructured in the Summer of 2020 and is ready to expand. We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated candidates who have project management or project delivery experience to join our highly professional team and who wish to progress, either through further study or achievement.

To be shortlisted for interview your application and personal statement must clearly evidence the following as a minimum requirement:

  • Degree or equivalent level qualification
  • Studying towards a professional status (not essential)
  • Proven ability to deliver construction projects or programmes
  • Knowledge of construction contracts and professional appointments
  • Knowledge of Procurement procedures
  • Experience of briefing, managing and directing specialist advisors
  • Experience of delivering RIBA Stage Reports and decision gateways
  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

This advert closes at 23:59 on 29.11.2021 with interviews to follow.

The team is currently based at our Woodhatch office in Reigate but with agile and remote working arrangements in place.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Lisa Harris by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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