18 months fixed term (with the possibility of extension subject to funding)
Full-Time 5 days per week
Salary Range: £30,000 - £35,000 pro-rata dependent on experience
Women into Construction is a small not for profit organisation that supports women wishing to enter the construction industry. We offer women advice and guidance and construction related training, and work closely with the construction industry and other stakeholders to broker them into work-placements and jobs. Our services impacts positively upon the quality of life for women and their families and supports the industry to become more diverse and successful. We have been working in London for the last 8 years, and are now extending our service to Birmingham and the West-Midlands.
Our people are key to our success and we are now seeking an exceptional individual to support us in our next phase of growth. We offer a work environment, which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within our organisation. If you have the relevant skills and experience, share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey, we will look forward to your application.
We are seeking a strategic person with leadership and practical skills to develop and deliver the Birmingham offer. The Project Manager will be the lead WiC representative in Birmingham working within the offices of a leading contractor located at Snow Hill. The work involves developing a strategy for raising the profile of WiC in Birmingham, growing work-placements and job opportunities, raising the profile of construction as a career choice for women, and networking and maintaining relationships with clients, contractors and stakeholders. A day might include coaching women on site, meeting with contractors to arrange work-placements, delivering presentations to senior leaders or producing case studies and articles to to raise awareness of female role models to attract women into the industry.
Duties will Include but not limited to:-
- Providing advice and guidance to women interested in working in the construction industry.
- Arranging and brokering construction related training to equip women with skills to enter or progress with the industry.
- Raising the profile of construction roles to young people and career changers e.g by attending career and job fairs.
- Working with contractors to source work-placements and job opportunities.
- Working in partnership with colleges, universities, local labour organisations and other organisations to support women into construction opportunities.
- Overseeing, mentoring and coaching women on work-placements and creating job opportunities.
- Monitoring and disseminating outcomes through record keeping, developing case studies and presenting reports at stakeholders meetings.
- Arranging and attending both in-house and external events to showcase good practice within the industry and to provide networking opportunities for clients.
- Responding to requests from the management board
- Travelling to sites and stakeholders within the West Midlands area, with occasional travel to London.
The Project Manager will have a working knowledge of construction, or a related industry and understand the challenges faced by women and/ or minority groups working in these environments. They will be self-motivated, highly organised and reliable, with good programme management skills. They will be an effective communicator, with the ability to empower and motivate diverse clients, as well as communicate easily with contractors and stakeholders. The Project Manager will report directly to the London based, WiC Managing Director. They will be experienced in working independently and taking decisions within an agreed framework.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Experience of working in construction or a related industry and the ability to gain a sound overall knowledge of the different roles within the construction industry and the routes into these.
- Ability to work as part of a team located in different regions and to take decisions within an agreed framework of accountabilities.
- Commercial awareness- ability to determine existing and forthcoming opportunities to support women into the construction industry; connecting women with contractors and training organisations.
- Ability to encourage, motivate and coach women to advance their career within the industry.
- Analytical skills- ability to map clients' skills to careers in construction and arrange suitable training.
- Experience of writing clear and accurate reports and presentations and the ability to communicate with senior managers, site operatives and other stakeholders.
- Ability to use I.T. skills to maintain and update records for progress reporting and developing case studies.
- Experience of managing projects including time and diary management.
- Experience of negotiating changes to industry practices and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
- Experience of working in an environment assessed by performance measures and meeting key targets/milestones.
- Ability to attend meetings and events occasionally out of normal office hours.
Please send -
- Your CV
- A supporting statement, stating how your skills, knowledge and experience would enable you to meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOPUT A COVERING LETTER
Closing date for applications 5.00pm 23rd June 2017
WiC values diversity, equality and fairness and seeks to develop a diverse team. We welcome applications from anyone committed to our values and vision for the construction industry. Please inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might require to enable to you attend your interview.