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Wastewater modelling programme manager

Job Profile

We are looking for talented and motivated wastewater modelling staff, with a passion for quality and a determination to deliver, to join our wastewater modelling team in Edinburgh.
You will have a sufficient range and quality of modelling experience appropriate for the role being applied for.
For this Modelling Programme Manager role, your modelling experience will enable you to understand and manage modelling risks and you will have a strong desire and commitment to lead the modelling team to commercial success.


Mott MacDonald has been successful in winning a place on Scottish Water’s SR15 Framework.
We are operating in a JV partnership for the Technical Consultancy Framework as m2 JV.
This Framework offers up exciting opportunities to work on model maintenance, flooding and UID projects across Scotland.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The role will involve taking responsibility for programme management and the commercial success of model maintenance projects or of the modelling element of flooding and UID projects being undertaken for the m2 JV.
You will be responsible for coaching and guiding all Edinburgh modelling staff in risk management, commercial management and project management; developing the skills within the whole team to promote individuals to take commercial responsibility for their own input and to see themselves as a vital part of the business operation.
You will collaborate with the Modelling Technical Lead and the wider m2 Management Team to set up each modelling project which will involve providing programme and level of effort estimates, agreeing scope of works, establishing risks and agreeing how to manage these risks.
You will maintain good relationship with the m2 management team and the client representatives for all the modelling work we undertake.
You will also strive to bring value to the client through our project delivery, finding efficiencies and innovations wherever possible.
You will be required to lead the resource management and planning of modeller's engaged on the SW framework.

Acting as part of the UK-wide wastewater modelling team, you will help to provide commercial guidance and support to modellers throughout Mott MacDonald and be involved in the delivery of projects to all our clients.
You will be involved in the UK wide wastewater modelling virtual board, striving for a collaborative approach to winning work, nurturing suitable qualified and experienced staff and providing excellence in project delivery.


We are looking for real superstars who will have the skill, confidence and initiative to bring forward innovation, to maintain Mott MacDonald at the forefront of this highly specialised area. In return, we offer a highly collaborative and supportive environment within which to further develop your career.

The programme manager will be required to:
  • Set and deliver net revenue, profit targets and growth
  • Win business; Build customer relationships, capture and report value and drive improvement in KPI's; Prospecting and positioning for work which aligns with our brand and capability; Bidding - capturing the value proposition and following the Mott MacDonald bid processes and commercial sign-off. It will be necessary to have a detailed understanding of the modelling work in order to define scope and mitigate scope and liability risks
  • Commercial management - applying the necessary project controls, including change control and EVA. it will be necessary to be co-located within the Edinburgh hub, and to have a good understanding of the modelling work to recognise change and understand how to deliver within budget and achieve profit targets
  • Programme/schedule; forecast cost and programme to complete and manage customer expectations
  • Monitor and drive the implementation of our BMS requirements across the team

Candidate Specification

The successful candidate will preferably be qualified to degree level and chartered. You will also be an effective communicator and skilled negotiator; able to be assertive and confident with both clients and team members whist maintaining an approachable demeanour; you will be skilled in encouraging and extracting good performance from staff and instilling a strong team attitude.
You are likely to have significant wastewater modelling experience at senior level so that you can use your technical knowledge to fully understand and manage commercial risks and to engage the staff in stepping up to the commercial challenges.

In addition, you will also have experience of:
  • InfoWorks CS / ICM
  • Model build, verification and needs assessment
  • Scoping and managing asset CCTV and flow surveys
  • Flood alleviation schemes
  • UID solution development
  • Project management of modelling projects
The ideal candidate will also have experience of:
  • Project management qualification
  • Development and delivery of training courses
  • Integrated 1D / 2D modelling
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