Principal Project Manager - DI32

Grade L | £41.937 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (up to 37 hours pw) | Applications for part time / job share will be considered Closing date: 09 October 2022

Principal Project Manager - DI32

Grade L| £41,937 pa|                                                                                                                                                                                                                Location Leeds |

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  • Yes? Then look no further than the West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say on our 'Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority' webpage.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority. We have a wide variety of exciting projects that we are working on which will help shape the West Yorkshire region.

The Economic Implementation Team are expanding rapidly due to the influx of new funds and are seeking to appoint skilled, dedicated, and experienced Principal Project Managers to join our friendly and professional team.

The Economic Implementation Team, which is an integral part of the Delivery Directorate, has a diverse and wide-ranging portfolio including delivery of Clean Growth, Brownfield Housing and Economic Regeneration programmes.   

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement that a £1.8bn devolution deal has been secured for West Yorkshire. Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

To find out more about the work the Combined Authority is involved with take a look at our latest news stories.

The Role

Reporting into the Economic Regeneration Lead, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

This principal project management role is intended to work from the funder’s (Combined Authority) perspective, leading and facilitating the progression of the project’s business case through our Assurance Framework, managing the negotiating contractual agreements, monitoring progress, and provide a source of intelligent lead advice on a wide range of operational, commercial, land and development delivery strategies and approaches.

The role will include budget management and financial monitoring of projects and their progress, developing and managing funding agreements and contracts, managing risk, ensuring compliance with governance and assurance processes. 

You will be working across the following programmes depending on your area of interest and expertise.

There are vacancies for a principal project manager required to support workstreams within the Brownfield Housing Programme and British Library North.

  • Brownfield Housing Fund (BHF) (3 x FTE, permanent) The BHF programme is Government funded programme to deliver £89m of funds by March 2025, so close partnership working, commercial negotiations and strong contract management is required to ensure 5400-7800 homes commence construction on site within the funding period and to budget.
  • British Library North (1 x FTE, permanent): As part of our West Yorkshire Devolution deal the Combined Authority has been allocated £25 million to support development of a British Library for the North. Currently the preferred site is the Grade 1 listed building, Temple Works, located in the Southbank area of Leeds. 


Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for experienced candidates from a capital project management background, with considerable knowledge of development projects from either a direct delivery or investment perspective, with a detailed knowledge and experience of negotiating and agreeing commercial contracts and agreements to ensure the projects and programmes achieve objectives.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate their knowledge and experience of negotiating with land and property owners or their agents regarding land transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, charges, restrictions, wayleaves and where relevant negotiating and structuring overage agreements to protect the public purse from financial risk exposure.

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education, and experience

  • Contract management
  • Stakeholder and partnership management
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Commercial surveying skills including delivering projects within a development land environment and context
  • Significant experience of procurement procedures, and taking a lead, working with legal advisors, to negotiate contracts and/or funding agreements, commercial partnership and collaboration agreements

You should be proactive, with excellent communication skills, and an ability to build strong partnership relationships.   

Experience of working in partnership with a variety of stakeholders in a political context would be beneficial.  An understanding of contractual mechanisms to safeguard public investment would also be beneficial.

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Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Flexible Working Practices with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

We have also recently undergone a major office refurbishment and have bright, airy, modern office space, with all latest technology, and just a 2-minute walk from Leeds Train Station. We also have agile working options too if you would rather work from home, or another suitable location, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

Have a look at our Employee Benefits webpage to find out more.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV, and complete the application form on our application website telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 09 October 2022. 

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. To find out more about inclusivity at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit our dedicated webpage.

Whilst agile working is an option for most staff, there is an expectation that employees are able to attend the office in central Leeds as and when required.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone, video or face to face. If you have any difficulty with the type of interview you are invited to, please inform the recruiting manager at your earliest convenience to enable them to consider an alternative solution.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful. We do however thank you for your application and encourage you to continue looking for roles on our Careers with Us website page.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.