Lead Innovation Project Manager

  • Job Reference: 38067
  • Date Posted: 9 July 2024
  • Employer: Thames Water
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: £45,000 to £60,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Lead Innovation Project Manager is crucial to our OFWAT innovation agenda. In addition to leading and managing complex projects, they mentor a team of project managers, ensuring seamless delivery and promoting continuous improvement within the Innovation PMO. Your collaboration with the Innovation Engagement Delivery Manager to enhance PMO processes, tools, and methodologies aligns with Thames Water's strategic goals.

What you’ll be doing as a Lead Innovation Project Manager
  • Manage multiple projects and work streams across the innovation portfolio.
  • Lead and manage complex, high-impact innovation projects from initiation to closure, ensuring delivery to time, budget, and quality standards.
  • Mentor and coach a team of project managers, providing guidance on project management methodologies, best practices, and career development.
  • Support in aspects of governance, benefit realisation, risk, and lessons learned in consultation with TW PM practices and processes.
  • Collaborate with the Innovation Engagement Delivery Manager to develop and enhance PMO processes, tools, and reporting mechanisms.
  • Build strong relationships with key organisational stakeholders, fostering trust and collaboration.
  • Ensure that projects are aligned with Thames Water's strategic goals and deliver tangible business value.
  • Track and report on project performance, identifying and addressing any potential risks or issues.
Hybrid—Reading Sewage Treatment Works: Your role will require you to be in the office once a fortnight, and for the rest of the week, you will work remotely.
This role will be work 36 hours a week, Monday to Friday

What you should bring to the role of Project Manager
  • Qualified in APM or PRINCE2 and ideally hold a STEM degree
  • Background of working in a technical environment.
  • Knowledge in managing projects.
  • Knowledge of developing and implementing PMO processes and tools.
  • Worked within Agile project management methodologies.
  • Proven background in mentoring and leading project teams
What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive salary from £45,000 to £60,000 per annum
  • 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.
Who are we?
At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.

Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.

But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We must keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water
At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.