Project Manager

Job Category: Project Management
Reference Oxford
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 6 months
Location remote
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £47.00 to £54.00 per hour, PAYE

About the job:

On behalf of Oxford City Council, Opus People Solutions are seeking a Project Manager to complete a temporary placement for a period of six months. This role is partly remote, but will require the successful applicant to attend the Oxford City Council office, one to two days per week.

As a project manager you will be the key person within the Council leading on all negotiations with the EA on the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, one of the biggest flood schemes in the country. You will work as part of a wider project team to achieve best value delivery of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, whilst working to maintain the City Council’s best interests.

You will also report to the Internal Board and ensure liaison and dissemination of information related to the scheme across the wider Council. The scheme will impact on 70+ titles of City Council Land.

  • To negotiate the terms of an Options Agreement enabling the EA to acquire multiple OCC land interests and rights to allow the delivery of the Scheme. The Agency will have an option to call for various interests in OCC’s land in accordance with the Options Agreement.
  • To review all plans to form part of the Options Agreement, identifying the interests to be acquired and ensuring the plans of the land being acquired are fully agreed and approved by the Council.
  • To ensure the rights negotiated including access rights and temporary works areas are such that the Council’s position is fully protected
  • On exercise of the Options Agreement, to liaise with OCC Legal in respect of the transfer of the land ensuring the final plans of the land and any variations are fully agreed by the Council
  • To negotiate and agree the terms of licences to carry out such works as required by the EA for the purpose of the Scheme
  • To ensure all mitigating works required under the Options Agreement are carried out by the EA to the appropriate standard
  • To work with the EA in enabling the Option Land to be transferred with vacant possession including agreeing surrender terms where there is an occupational interest.
  • To assess and as appropriate activate call options to acquire such part of the Option Land as the Agency decides it does not require for ongoing operation and maintenance of the Scheme
  • To consult with other internal departments as necessary (e.g. car parks team)
  • To raise any issues with the internal board to address risks and recommend a course of action
  • To liaise with the Council’s appointed agents for the agricultural estate obtaining their advice as and when required on those OCC interests affected by the scheme and forming part of the agricultural estate
  • To respond to notices served by the EA as part of the process for making a compulsory purchase order such as Section 5a notices
  • To respond to the compulsory purchase order made by the EA to acquire the relevant rights to deliver the Scheme liaising with stakeholders and ensuring the Council’s position is fully protected
  • To negotiate the compensation payments due to the Council in accordance with the relevant compulsory purchase legislation reporting to the Council with recommendations in respect of the various interests being acquired
  • To monitor internal costs and agent costs ensuring recovery within the basis agreed with the EA.
  • Degree level and qualified as a RICS Chartered Surveyor (General Practice).
  • Significant experience in managing a complex project working with a range of stakeholders.
  • A strong track record of negotiating complex property transactions including options agreements, land transfers, leases and access licences
  • Proven ability to successfully analyse complex issues and situations and provide practical and creative solutions.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and a detailed understanding of property issues, opportunities, policies and legislative developments
  • Computer literate, ability to use Microsoft computer packages including complex Microsoft Excel spread-sheets
  • A proven track record in delivering tangible results and customer focused services working corporately, across boundaries and with external partners to achieve required goals.
  • A good knowledge of Compulsory Purchase Legislation.

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