Estates Project Manager

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency
Bristol or Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Closing date
30 Sep 2022
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Estates Project Manager

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 30th September 2022

Reference number: 228948

Salary: £30,734

Contract type: Fixed Term, Loan

Length of employment: 2 years, with the possibility of permanency

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



We have 2 roles that are based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and 1 role that can either be based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne or Bristol. Your presence at the either Bristol or Newcastle will form part of the working arrangements agreed with you. We operate a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and office locations, giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work.


About the job

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice and welcome and encourage applications from everyone, such as ethnic minorities, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBT+.

To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace and making DVSA a great place to work visit our Careers website. 

Are you a confident communicator with strong relationship building skills?

Do you have excellent estates project management skills and experience?

Would you like the opportunity to be a key contributor in supporting and delivering change within the department?


If so, we'd love to hear from you!

The purpose of the Estates Project Manager role is to support the Head of Property Investment (Grade 7) to deliver and/or maintain an effective, efficient and sustainable estates portfolio supporting the needs of Corporate and Operational Business Functions. The Post-holder will report to the Estates Programme Manager (SEO) and will lead the delivery of small and medium sized property works projects.

The role is responsible for the successful delivery of property works projects across the DVSA estate. The role will be required to provide professional and technical advice and support and challenge internal (e.g. Finance, Procurement and Operations) and external stakeholders (e.g. other Government Departments, Landlords, Planning Authorities etc.).

The role is responsible for the successful delivery of property projects, involving: customer liaison; writing the brief for works; obtaining appropriate internal approvals; the appointment, management and co-ordination of external service providers; stakeholder liaison; and project handover.

In addition, the Post Holder will be expected to support the Estates Programme Manager/s and Head of Property Investment in delivering more complex/high value projects.



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying building/property related works and/or customer requirements, making recommendations and assessing priorities
  • Responsibility for interpreting requirements and translating into a concise and accurate Client Brief for issue to external Service Providers
  • Being Subject Matter Expert for property maintenance, project/works delivery Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Commissioning and appointing Contractors to deliver RIBA Stages 0-7 activities and monitor progress against specification, budget and programme
  • Providing information, briefings and papers to enable the Head of Property Investment to engage with Executives and Corporate Senior Leaders (CSL’s) to assess, develop, plan and agree Property Investment deliverables
  • Providing regular project and dashboard updates to Estates Delivery Board, Investment and Change Committee and other project boards as required
  • Prioritising works to ensure they comply with agreed strategies, budgets and recognises constraints, dependencies, or restrictions
  • Ensuring compliance with DVSA financial, procurement and contract management policies and procedures when commissioning works by Specialist Service Partners and when tendering works and awarding contracts
  • Producing Business Cases for works below £100k and provide persuasive recommendations and/or solutions for approval
  • Approving changes or escalate recommendations for approval in the management of NEC contracts, such as Compensation Events, Early Warnings and Defect notices (within agreed delegated authority limits)


About You

We are looking for someone with excellent project management skills and experience, along with experience in property and contract management.

You are an effective communicator and can deliver information to a varied audience, whether verbally or in writing.

You enjoy building positive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues, ensuring that there is mutual trust and respect.

You thrive working under pressure and can deliver quality work at pace to meet sometimes demanding deadlines.

Learning through experience is something that excites you and you will enjoy learning on the job if you are successful.

You are committed to Diversity and Inclusion in your work with stakeholders and colleagues.


Additional Information

Due to the geographical placement of the department, there will be a requirement to regularly travel throughout the UK.

You will hold the Prince 2 Foundation or Practitioner qualification or have the willingness to work towards this.


About Us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain's roads. 

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles. 

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We're an innovative organisation that values professional expertise. We invest in our people and champion inclusive and diverse teams. And we make sure colleagues have the skills to meet the needs of Britain’s road users.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

Diversity: Our vision is to support and develop everyone who chooses to work for us. We care deeply about diversity and equality. And we create a positive culture that’s friendly, welcoming, respectful and full of opportunities for professional and personal development. 



Full and valid UK driving licence



Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

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