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Trainee Project Manager - Cardiff




Strategic Projects

Employment type

Full time

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  • Location: Cardiff
  • Anticipated Start Date: Immediate
  • We are not able to provide a Skilled Worker visa for this position. You will need to be eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship to be considered for this role. Please do not apply if you have limited leave to enter or remain in the UK e.g. a visitor visa, a student/graduate visa or an employer-sponsored visa from a previous employer. 

Looking to kickstart your career or wanting a career change?

We are looking for a Trainee Project Manager to join our Cardiff based Strategic Projects team.

The Strategic Projects division is a diverse people-centric team of professionals from a wide variety of built environment and engineering-related backgrounds, working to deliver a standout approach to the complexities of integrated engineering services. Our team provides an approachable, adaptable, accountable single point of contact for key projects and is founded on the core characteristics of the people within it and the core skills necessary to succeed.

Core Characteristics

  • Have a passion for the built environment we all live and work in
  • Highly organised yet agile enough to deal with dynamic and reactive activities
  • Confidently build and maintain valued relationships with stakeholders
  • Work well within a team and promote a collaborative work environment.
  • Have initiative and be proactive in identifying and solving project issues.

Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading!

This is an excellent opportunity for you if are looking to continue your progression or transition into project management.

In this role the key duties centre around being exposed to key activities and end-to-end delivery of projects that will develop you across three of our four core skill areas: Technical, Professional and Business Development.

Core Skills and Duties

As a Trainee PM your key Technical responsibilities will centre around becoming more aware of and growing your involvement in the core processes of setting up and running projects.  These will include:

  • Supporting the PM in the setting up of new projects, contract administration and quality assurance.
  • Organising, coordinating and recording meetings with key project stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Preparing project control documents such as project programmes, invoicing profiles, change control, project directories and scopes of services.
  • Compiling fee proposals from our technical divisions and sub-consultants.
  • Collating project information on behalf of the project team.
  • Encouraging and promoting collaborative working behaviours to maintain efficient and effective delivery relationships between full project team.
  • Support the PM in managing, monitoring and reporting on project progress.
  • Assist the PM in identifying, recording and managing project risk.
  • Attending site visits with the PM or others to understand site constraints.
  • Be a Strategic Projects ambassador for technical excellence in project management.

The next focus of responsibility will centre on Business Development. In Strategic Projects this is supporting the delivery of tenders and bids, developing work opportunities, and building internal and external relationships. As a trainee PM, the key responsibilities begin with your focus on the following:

  • Supporting others in the preparation of bid ‘Go/No-Go’ opportunity appraisals
  • Supporting the request for fee proposals from our technical divisions and sub-consultants
  • Supporting others in the preparation of multi-disciplinary bids and tender responses
  • Supporting a positive profile of Strategic Projects and the wider Hydrock brand

While growing your knowledge of project winning and delivery, you will also focus on your Professional Development.  With our support, your responsibilities will include:

  • Acquiring a professional qualification, such as the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), or equivalent
  • Increasing your awareness of key people and core services across Hydrock
  • Being an ambassador for Strategic Projects

What qualifications do I need?        

Ideally, you will already hold a project management qualification such as the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or similar. however, we don't believe this should be a barrier to entry, and therefore we will consider applicants who don't have this. It would be important that you have a passion for project management and are keen to embark on a qualification upon starting the role, and you would of course be supported through this journey. Any experience related to engineering, construction, sustainability, energy or the environment would be preferable, but not essential.

We are, most importantly, looking for a member of our team who will be the right fit, who is curious and adaptable and has a passion for the built environment. We need someone who is proactive, organised and enthusiastic; a good communicator, a solution provider and a team player. We want you to be a great new member of our already great - and growing - project management team!

This role is ideal for someone who enjoys:

  • Being part of successful integrated engineering teams
  • Working on increasingly innovative and sustainable projects
  • Delivering projects that exceed our clients’ expectations
  • Challenges presented by a dynamic project environment
  • Deploying the appropriate commercial, technical and people balance at the appropriate time

What's great about Hydrock now Stantec

We are a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Named as Building’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2023, we’re known for delivering outstanding sustainable projects for our communities, planet, and society.

Some of these projects have recently received industry accolades, including Cleveland Pools winning the Conservation and Regeneration category at the Construction Excellence South West Awards 2023; Bay Technology Centre named Commercial Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2022; YGG Tan-y-Lan picked out in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2022; The Deaf Academy singled out for its Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards 2022; and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living sweeping up at the Bristol Property Awards.

Take a look at our 2023 end of year film and get a feel for what we’re all about. 


What we can offer you:

  • Support in achieving a project management qualification e.g. APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Opportunities to work on exciting and diverse projects, both nationally and internationally.
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 


A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 


Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed.

If shortlisted, a member of our Talent Acquisition Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock now Stantec. 

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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