Project Manager - Innovation and Corporate Services

Exeter, England / Finance and Commercial / Permanent full-time

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Project Manager - Innovation and Corporate Services

At Pennon Group, we’re proud to be leading the way in the water industry. Alongside our subsidiaries - South West Water, Bournemouth Water and Pennon Water Services - we’re committed to delivering a sustainable future of our region. Because we know that by continually driving up our standards today, we’ll build a better tomorrow for our communities. 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to join our team based in Exeter. Joining us on a full-time permanent basis, you will receive a competitive salary of £30,000 - £32,000 per annum plus excellent benefits.
This opportunity will provide you with invaluable insight into the skills required to manage and coordinate research and innovation projects across a range of different business functions, working on real-world sector-wide challenges that deliver positive outcomes and impact for our customers, society and the environment.

South West Water and the University of Exeter have jointly established the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) a pioneering research partnership bringing the best of industry and academia together.

Designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time, the Centre will conduct world-leading research into the provision of safe and resilient water services in the UK and overseas. Central to CREWW’s focus will be how to manage our natural resources in ways which are sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change and population growth.

As well as supporting South West Water’s ambitions to become Net Zero by 2030, the centre’s work will build on the company’s long-standing relationship with the University. This has seen the two organisations collaboratively design and deliver innovative projects as part of Ofwat’s Innovation Fund and South West Water’s award-winning Upstream Thinking project, among many others including sector-leading research in data, AI and machine learning and nature-based solutions to water and wastewater management.

About the role
In your role as Project Manager, you will support the Programme Manager for CREWW to successfully deliver, monitor, track progress and coordinate input into the research projects that are being delivered through CREWW as well as those projects in the development pipeline at Pennon.

You will also have opportunity to be at the forefront of the wider innovation programme via the Pennon Innovation & Commercialisation Committee (PICC) who take on a broader responsibility for innovation projects with an eye on developing new exciting opportunities for the Group.  

What you’ll be doing:

  • Plan and Develop Projects in line with the Pennon Innovation & Commercialisation Committee (PICC)
  • Work with internal stakeholders to support the development of detailed project plans, defining the scope of the project and identifying the most favourable pathway for project delivery.
  • Track progress of AMP innovation and CREWW research projects and provides reports for the quarterly committee meeting. 
  • Maintain the Group Innovation Log.
  • Develop and maintain open communication with project stakeholders from both SWW and University of Exeter (and externally, where relevant). Build trust and form good working relationships with team members.
  • Create an accurate timeline of project tasks and activities, monitoring progress and risk, as well as detailed awareness of how the project is progressing. Provide update reports to internal stakeholders.  
  • Budget and expenditure tracking and management
  • Continuously evaluate the project’s efficiency and effectiveness, impact and consider lessons learned to improve future performance and culture.
  • What we are looking for:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent through relevant training and experience.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced delivery role
  • Excellent organisational and analytical skills, with the ability to consider data and evidence, the ability to draw out implications of different options and make recommendations.
  • Understand and ideally have experience of project management.
  • Able to work accurately, prioritise work and manage time effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing to colleagues including senior managers.
  • What's in it for you:

  • We know that the support and commitment of our staff is key to our success so you will receive the opportunity for ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us. We’re one of the largest companies in the South West and are proud to have been awarded Investors in People recognition. In return, we offer an excellent range of benefits including:
  • Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • A discretionary Bonus
  • Competitive Contributory Pension
  • Share-save Scheme
  • Various health benefits
  • Wellbeing support programmes
  • A range of Group Discounts
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Financial support services
  • And plenty more!
  • Closing Date:  Tuesday 05 December 2023

    Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.
    Our core values which are essential to our success are:
    ·       Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.
    ·       Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.
    ·       Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.
    ·       Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.

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