Woodknowledge Wales are seeking to appoint a project manager.

Job title:  Home-Grown Homes Project Manager

Reporting to: Chief Executive of Woodknowledge Wales

Purpose of the job: To be responsible for the delivery of the Powys County Council led Home-Grown Homes Project (Rural Development Programme funded through Welsh Government)

Area of work: Throughout Wales working with RSL partners and the timber supply chain to support the use of timber in construction

Location: Flexible. The successful candidate will be expected to spend some time at the WKW office in Bangor and a considerable amount of time delivering the project across Wales. The successful candidate could be based anywhere in Wales or the borders.

Hours of work: Full-time

Salary: Between £35 and £45k depending on experience

Duration: Funding for this post is secured until December 2020

How to apply: Send CV with a covering letter stating why you believe you are suited to the post to ceri.loxton@woodknowledgewales.co.uk

Deadline for application: Tuesday 8th May

Date & location for interview: Friday 18th May in Welshpool, Powys


Our mission

The Woodknowledge Wales mission is to help turn Wales into a high-value timber economy in a way that improves the natural and built environments and substantially benefits the people of Wales. We believe that wood is the key material resource for a more sustainable future and as a consequence, Wales should substantially increase its ambition in afforestation and timber development

In March this year, we completed our second year as an independent member funded alliance having transitioned from a government funded initiative in 2016. We are proving that it’s possible to succeed as a for-public-good sector development organisation whilst being privately funded.

We are a small committed team of 5 (both full-time and part-time) based in different locations in Wales but with an office in Bangor, where Gary Newman (CEO) and Ceri Loxton (Marketing and events) are based.

The project
Woodknowledge Wales has been procured by Powys County Council to lead the delivery of the Home-Grown Homes Project – an ambitious exemplar construction programme to provide stimulus for forest sector development in Wales. We are looking for a Project Manager to join our small team to help deliver this exciting and potentially transformative project.

The project started on 6th April 2018. In collaboration with building clients, developers, contractors and the timber supply chain, the project aims to provide a compelling business case for expansion of timber construction and drive the growth of local off-site manufacturing and the use of home-grown timber. Woodknowledge Wales is the lead partner in a project delivery consortium that includes Cardiff Metropolitan University, TRADA and Coed Cymru.

A number of building clients have already signed up to the project and we have a great collaborative project team. However, change is always difficult – particularly in long-established and conservative sectors like forestry and construction. Herein lies the key opportunity of the Home-Grown Homes Project – to mobilise the procurement power of building clients to drive change throughout the timber supply chain.

Your opportunity
As Home-Grown Homes Project Manager, you will be the driving force behind the project and its success. You will be instrumental in creating new high-performance timber buildings in a way that maximises the benefit to building clients and occupants, local manufacturers and suppliers of home-grown timber. You will be involved in all aspects of the project from forest creation up to the evaluation of the performance of completed buildings. By the end of the project, together with our project partners and a highly committed team, you will have helped to create a compelling business case for timber construction, local manufacturing, home-grown timber and afforestation in Wales.

Key Responsibilities
You will be responsible for Delivery of the Home-Grown Homes Project as described in the Woodknowledge Wales project proposal (provided on request). Supported by the Chief Executive of Woodknowledge Wales, and the Woodknowledge Wales project team which includes an Events Manager, a Finance Officer and two specialist consultants (wood science and project management).

Key responsibilities include:

• Working with construction clients (RSL, LA and Private Developers) to identify a suitable exemplar project and agree the scope of collaboration (with support from the Woodknowledge Wales team and consortium partners)
• Identifying opportunities for innovation and change in the use of timber, local manufacturing and home-grown timber on identified projects
• Supporting the client in the use of timber during design, procurement, delivery and post completion performance
• Identifying gaps in knowledge or capacity and procuring additional capacity where necessary to support successful delivery of the exemplar projects
• Procuring and managing subcontractors to the project in accordance with EU procurement rules
• Preparing progress reports to the Powys County Council and the Home-Grown Homes Partnership and presenting at quarterly progress meetings
• Organising consortium progress meetings with the delivery partners. Ensuring that the meetings are minuted and that Second Level Plan and the Risk Register are updated to reflect any changes. Preparing short monthly progress reports to support a monthly finance claim to Powys County Council
• Producing written outputs for publication in relevant journals

Key abilities / experience
We are looking for someone who has the ability to work closely with a small team in a flexible way across job boundaries. You must be able to engage with all relevant individuals and organisations in the construction sector and timber supply chain in a way that promotes collaboration and supports the mission and purpose of Woodknowledge Wales as an independent for-public-good organisation.

Person Specification
Essential criteria:

Knowledge / Experience
• Project management and high-level decision-making
• Financial management of programmes and projects
• Evidence of effective partnership working
• Technical knowledge and experience of the construction sector
• Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office
• An organised self-starter, able to manage own workload and work independently to tight time-scales
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – specifically the ability to negotiate, manage conflict, influence and challenge agreements with partner organisations
• Excellent problem-solving skills, coming up with ideas and solutions as issues arise
• Willingness to work in a flexible way and respond to changing circumstances
• Full, clean driving license and access to a car for significant travel throughout Wales

Desirable criteria:

• Working knowledge/experience in Government funding programme requirements and related audit criteria
• Understanding and experience of wider delivery of social value through investment programmes.
• Knowledge of the forestry timber processing and timber construction sector (preferably in Wales)
• Welsh language
• Public speaking skills