Assistant Project Manager - Wales, Flexible working - Home based

Mostly home based in Cardiff, with regular meetings in Mansfield
£25,901 to £28,779 per annum
04 Jul 2022
17 Jul 2022
Contract Type

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.

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.

Flexible working:

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.

For other roles, such as those focused on works in Wales, you’ll be more home based but you may need to attend key project and regular team meetings in person at our Mansfield office. We embrace a hybrid working model as much as possible.

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:

  1.  the BEIS funded Coal Programme, responsible for the portfolio of legacy coal sites including new scheme builds, refurbishments and subsidence pumping stations across England, Scotland and Wales
  2. the DEFRA funded Water and Abandoned Metal Mines (WAMM) Programme, responsible for the portfolio of abandoned metal mine sites in England and delivered in partnership with the Environment Agency.
  3. the Welsh Metal (non-coal) Mine Programme (WMMP), responsible for the portfolio of abandoned metal mine sites in Wales and delivered in partnership with NRW

These are key positions within the Environment Department Projects Team, assisting and leading on the project management of often complex, strategically important projects, which assess, develop and implement intervention strategies (including mine water remediation schemes) to address issues resultant from legacy mining activities.

Projects generally include a variety of remedial interventions, not least surface water and spoil heap management and both passive and active mine water treatment schemes and we actively consider and trial novel and emerging technologies, encountering a wide range of environmental sensitivities and constraints at all sites, with most of the sites having some designated areas / features either close to or on-site  and most typically located in rural areas and sitting within or close to protected areas

We are recruiting to fill a number of roles that sit within these programme delivery teams, with both permanent and long term Fixed Term Contract positions available.  

You’ll be:

  • Most likely be focused on only one of our programmes described above, however you may be asked to support other programmes as needs arise
  • Joining the Projects team and helping to manage a portfolio of varied projects to remediate contaminated water from legacy mines through the development of new schemes as well as the refurbishment of existing assets.
  • Working with Project Managers, the successful candidate will support the delivery of complex, strategically important projects and lead the delivery of low to medium risk projects.
  • Co-ordinating and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, including technical experts, landowners and statutory stakeholders, ensuring that due consideration is given to their requirements, whilst keeping laser focused on delivery of the agreed project outcomes and objectives.
  • Working closely with our technical, operations, innovations & R&D teams to find the best solutions and maximise benefits and opportunities for each scheme.
  • Preparing project investment papers (business cases) to obtain funding.
  • Managing stakeholders and statutory bodies to obtain consents & permissions.
  • Using great communication and interpersonal skills to influence multi-disciplinary specialists to deliver projects at pace to agreed timescales whilst considering cost saving initiatives, innovation, collaboration and openness
  • Benefiting from a good awareness and understanding of wider environmental and sustainability agendas
  • Proactive in identifying risks and opportunities that need to be considered during project development and delivery, promoting best environmental practice and driving projects towards more sustainable outcomes / deliverables. 

About you:

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • The ability to engage and communicate effectively with project and non-project people at every level
  • The ability to work at pace An understanding of Project Management principles, tools & techniques
  • Analytical and reporting skills A methodical and organised approach to work
  • A HND or equivalent or working towards such a qualification in an appropriate discipline or able to demonstrate suitable experience for the role

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with some or all of the following:

  • Experience of working in the water or environmental sectors
  • An understanding or experience of identifying and developing solutions, for problems
  • Experience of working on the development or construction of projects

Working at the Coal Authority:

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.

For further information and to submit your application please click 'Apply'.

Application closing date: Sunday 17th July 2022

We welcome applications from candidates across all of Wales. Due to site locations we are particularly interested in applications from South Wales anywhere along the M4 corridor.

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.