Project Manager - open to flexible working and hybrid working

Hmeworking with 1-2 days per week at Mansfield office
£38,835 to £43,150 FTE
16 May 2022
29 Jun 2022
Contract Type

Working with us:

We encourage applicants from anywhere in the UK – 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, we embrace a hybrid working model as much as possible.

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of wonderful benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team 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.

About the role:

At the Coal Authority the Environment Department is responsible for addressing the issues of water pollution from abandoned coal and metal mines across Britain by developing new schemes and supporting the operation of over 75 existing mine water treatment schemes.  There are three main delivery programmes covering sites spread across the former coal and metal mining areas in England, Wales and Scotland.

We are recruiting to fill a number of roles that sit within these programme delivery teams. Each role is responsible for day to day delivery of projects which can include the delivery of complex new water treatment schemes and refurbishments of our existing schemes.

You’ll be:

  • Joining the Projects team and helping to manage a portfolio of varied projects to remediate contaminated water from both coal & historic metal mines through the development of new schemes as well as the refurbish existing assets.
  • Typically leading and managing a number of projects, being responsible for delivering to agreed budgets and milestones.
  • Working closely with our technical, operations, innovations & R&D teams to find the best solutions and maximise commercial opportunities for each scheme.
  • Preparing project investment papers to obtain funding.
  • Managing stakeholders and statutory bodies to obtain consents & permissions.
  • Developing and coaching assistant project manager roles.

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

You’ll have

  • Experience of project management
  • A relevant qualification (or working towards) for your area of expertise or able to demonstrate relevant suitable experience
  • Proven record of delivering programmes or complex projects from conception to construction by identifying and mitigating constraints to development
  • Experience of managing consultants and contractors through the NEC suite of contracts.
  • An ability to manage and prioritise a high-volume workload & multiple projects
  • Excellent budget, programme & risk management skills
  • Highly developed communication, interpersonal skills and self-motivation
  • An open mind to find innovative solutions
  • Commercial acumen & client management skills
  • Self-motivation and excellent time management
  • The ability to work with other teams to deliver projects
  • Liaison, negotiation and public presentation skills
  • Report writing skills

We are interested in hearing from people with:

  • Experience in the water sector
  • Experience of identifying and developing solutions for sometimes constrained  and complex water remediation projects
  • Experience of developing new build projects from conception through to tender stage
  • Experience of developing and delivering refurbishment of existing assets

Unsure if this is right for you?  We are also recruiting for assistant project managers – please look for our complementary ad.  Unsure which is best for you and worried you will be missed?  Please be assured that we will consider candidates against both levels regardless of the role you apply for.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

Other essential information


Application closing date: Sunday 29th May 2022

Application outcome:

We would love to respond to all candidates, however due to the high volumes we receive, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Therefore if you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We do encourage you to keep an eye on our website and see if there are any other roles that may be suitable for you.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 

Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply. 

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