Senior Project Manager/Team Manager

Location Stoke Climsland, PL17 8PH
Salary £34,000 - £39,000 (dependent on experience)
Closes February 24, 2020

Westcountry Rivers Trust

This is a Grade 5 role with a salary between £34,000 and £39,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 8% pension.

This is a permanent full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.

Westcountry Rivers Trust are a leading environmental Charity working with the Public, Private and Third Sectors delivering a range of initiatives, commercial or charitable activities to bring about positive change both in our rivers and on the landscapes they drain.  We are looking for a highly motivated and organised Senior Project Manager & Team Manager to join our Land team. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

Following the successful development and delivery of Upstream Thinking 1 and 2, Westcountry Rivers Trust continue to work with South West Water (SWW) to deliver the third phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2020 to 2025. This multi-million pound Water Company funded project has gained significant recognition over the last 10 years and continues to mature, requiring strong partnership working and core understanding of relevant practical interventions to support our close landowner engagement. The project has significant delivery targets to achieve improvements in water quality, land management and broader benefits eg. biodiversity, which will require a targeted and informed approach.


To apply: Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of UST Project Manager/Team Manager to Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, PL17 8PH; or email to For further information see

Submission by: 5pm on Monday 24th February. Interviews will take place on Monday 2nd March 2020, candidates will also be asked to give a presentation.


Job Description:

The Senior Project Manager will report to Hazel Kendall, Head of Land Management, and will themselves manage a project team of UST farm advisors.


  • To manage the UST project from inception to completion including implementation of a project management system.
  • To develop, implement and monitor a schedule of project activities and key milestones to achieve project objectives and ensure all agreed ODI’s are met.
  • Project financial management, including budget planning (grants and resourcing), forecasting, reporting and ensuring the project adheres to the agreed budget.
  • To hold delegated authority for project expenditure in accordance with WRT policies and procedures.
  • To manage risks, issues and changes to the project, ensuring appropriate corrective action is taken to keep projects on track, and advising the Head of Land of any deviations from the project plan.
  • To establish and manage the monitoring and project reporting processes. To develop and identify project promotional opportunities, drafting comms content for various media.
  • To be responsible for the regular Quality Assurance of contracts and farm plans.
  • To build relationships & engage teams internally and engage with project deliverables and to encourage innovation and ideas.
  • To build relationships with external partners, clients and stakeholders and maintain regular communication.
  • To provide direction to the UST project team ensuring objectives are met. To provide regular progress reports to the Head of Land in their Project Director role, assessing or highlighting risks, issues or opportunities to support optimal delivery.
  • Team management of the UST farm advisors including overseeing workload, monitoring objectives and ensuring they are met, responsibility for one to one’s and PDR’s. Reporting regularly to update the Line Manager.
  • To be able to recognise commercial opportunities and follow leads to develop potential new areas of work.
  • You may be asked to take on other relevant duties as appropriate.
  • This role is mainly office based but will require travel to meetings.


Person specification.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven experience of successfully managing multiple complex projects, preferably within the environmental sector.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of, and extensive experience of implementing and maintaining, project management processes and systems.
  • Proven experience developing budgets for projects, managing actual costs against budgets and ensuring projects adhere to agreed budgets.
  • Demonstrable people management experience.
  • Experience of providing direction to a project team and ensuring objectives are met.
  • Practical experience of catchment management and associated approaches
  • Working knowledge of Agri Environment schemes, awareness of relevant Agricultural or Environmental policies.
  • Experience of identifying and developing commercial opportunities (Desirable).
  • Experience in a farm advisory role or similar (Desirable).


Skills and Competencies

  • A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to use information objectively and apply sound judgement in order to make decisions.
  • Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • The ability to foster and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues and contacts.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and negotiate outcomes.
  • A professional and business orientated approach and attitude.
  • The ability to confidently present project outcomes to stakeholders, partners or wider audiences.
  • A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.


  • Degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.
  • Project management accreditation/qualification (D).
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (D).

The above are Essential criteria unless indicated as Desirable (D)

Senior Project Manager/Team Manager

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