Assistant Project Manager (PM3) - 28520

East of England, London, National, North East, South East, Yorkshire and the Humber
Ipswich , Leeds , London, Newcastle , Norwich , Peterborough , Reading , Romsey , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , Various
Staff Grade 4
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Programme and Project Management
We are looking for an Assistant Project Manager to manage the delivery of exciting, innovative projects including flood risk management studies and schemes that reduce the risk of flooding to communities and enhance the environment.

This is an assistant project manager role within our integrated project teams, either assisting Project Managers on the delivery of projects, or managing your own smaller, more straight-forward, lower risk projects. You will be involved in the project delivery process from initial strategic planning, through to feasibility, detailed design and then into construction and handover.  

You will become part of a great working environment that include our supply partners, client representatives, technical specialists and other partners. You will develop skills in project, commercial, contract and risk management. You will become involved in a range of activities such as data management, researching background on flood risk areas, setting up new projects, using systems and processes to help manage projects, attend site visits and public exhibition meetings. You will learn how to apply EA legislation, policy and guidance.

The ability to develop a network of relationships with internal and external colleagues and liaise with local communities and landowners to agree land access, share proposals and gain consents will be vital. 

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.
Each PCM hub is led by a Delivery Manager overseeing between 70-120 staff, supported by Programme Specialists, Programme Managers and Project Team Managers (PTM). Each PTM manages 8-15 Project Executives, Project Managers and Project Support Officers who manage the day-to-day delivery of projects within our flood & coastal erosion risk management programme using our framework suppliers. Other internal roles forming part of our integrated delivery teams include commercial, environmental, asset managers, financial, estates, and legal.
A degree (or equivalent) in an engineering, environmental or geography related discipline is ideal but not essential.

Numeracy and report writing skills, Analytical skills to solve problems, take responsibility and make decisions and data Management.

Must be able to demonstrate experience of working in a project environment, preferably within an engineering or construction environment.

Background of working in a customer-facing environment, demonstrating excellent communication skills with the ability to deal with contentious situations involving landowners and communities.

Able to work under pressure, prioritising workload and meeting deadlines.

Confident in communicating with a range of stakeholders, both internal and external.
Benefits include generous pension provision and leave entitlement. Our flexible working supports a healthy work/life balance and offers numerous choices to accommodate the demands that personal commitments may present. Excellent training and learning opportunities are available, including personal and professional development.  

The role may require travel to project sites and project team meetings. Overnight stays may occasionally be necessary.  

Driving licence ideally required. Lease car is available where there is a clear business need. 

When providing evidence for competencies within your application, please give examples of how you clearly demonstrate these either within the context of this role or as transferable skills. 

For further information contact 

Documents attached to your application will not be assessed for selection.  

Interviews likely to commence 25 March 2024.

25/02/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Manages Self
Description: Has full awareness of own strengths, weaknesses, impact and approach. Effectively organises self and takes personal responsibility for own role in the Environment Agency.

Question: Please describe how your experience would make you a good project manager within our team and what skills do you have to demonstrate this?
Programme and Project Management
Description: Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively.

Question: Describe a project or activity that you have been involved with. Tell us what tools, systems and processes you have used to deliver the project/activity to time, budget and quality.
Communicates Effectively
Description: Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Question: Please explain a situation where you have used your communication skills effectively to explain a complex issue to a group of people.
Achieves Results
Description: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Question: Describe a project that you have been involved in that you are particularly proud of in terms of what you achieved. What challenges did you face and how did you work within the team to deliver a successful outcome.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.