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Job ID 8258
Offshore Wind
United Kingdom

The Principal Project Manager role is a full-time management position working for a leading consultancy business in offshore wind.

The successful applicant will join our client’s management team, sharing a responsibility for meeting ambitious business growth objectives.  This will allow the successful candidate to shape the future of the engineering team and function within a growing and ambitious company.

The Principal Project Manager will have responsibility and be accountable for the project engineering team’s development and performance. This can include the delivery of engineering deliverables as part of discrete assignments or supporting projects being delivered to clients in the offshore renewables sector on a global basis by allowing staff within the engineering team to be seconded into these teams to broaden their horizons.

The role is seen as key to developing new services, capabilities and tools, plus, engaging with the client base in direct sales and marketing engagements. 

The role will also be client facing whereby the successful candidate will expected to bring new work into the company using existing contacts and having the commercial acumen to bring in new work.  All this will be done whilst at the same time developing the profile of the engineering team and managing the team within it.  The successful applicant will be expected to work with and alongside the Business Development Director in developing and executing sales and marketing plans and activity.

It is vital that the Principal Project Manager will ensure the continuous development of existing staff.  The people management aspect of this role is vitally important, our client has strength in its people and this objective must be carried forward.


The Principal Project Manager shall also manage and develop the following business areas:

  • Structures
  • Cables and Cable Installation
  • Wind Turbine Generators
  • Project management assignments
  • Be an ambassador for technical excellence and also represent and promote engineering capabilities.
  • Be a leader, be supportive and be a role model for the engineering and project group. The Principal Project Manager will be seen as entrepreneurial and will be given a remit to grow and develop the team.

Key Duties:

  • Sustain technical excellence with respect to offshore wind engineering and project processes and services.  This to be achieved through good man management and excellent leadership.
  • Managing all resources at your disposal and then recognising any shortfall in resources and arrange for the team to be strengthened with either new FTEs or contractors depending on the nature of the work and the future backlog and pipeline projections
  • Ensure that engineering activities operate in accordance with all health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of staff, sub-contractors and any other third parties who may be impacted by our work.
  • Ensure work and technical quality standards are maintained and are consistent in the engineering group regardless of office/location.
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts for both the Engineering and Project Department and also contribute to the overall budgets for both the UK and all regional offices.
  • Monitor costs and performance to ensure compliance with budgetary targets and prepare reforecasts during the course of the financial year.
  • Manage the engineering team in a way that results in high retention rate, ensuring that all the team members have personal development plans and that they are developing in technical and communication skills required in a leading engineering consultancy.
  • The Engineering and Project team will be heavily involved in the research and development work within the company as well as undertaking a wide range of work tasks for a significant number of clients.  The Principal Project Manager shall lead a team which shall discharge work and consultancy activities, as well as developing new methods and systems to give the business a competitive, technological and commercial advantage in our area of business. 
  • The Principal Project Manager will also work closely with the Regional and Managing Director to ensure that technical compliance and lessons learns from previous projects are transferred to our major projects.
  • Author technical reports and present at conferences, showcasing technical excellence.  Encourage team to do likewise.
  • Liaise and work closely with the Business Development Director in both the planning and execution of sales and marketing activities.


  • The Principal Project Manager will be degree qualified and a member of a recognised professional institution. 
  • A Masters or PhD in an engineering discipline would also be an advantage.
  • Ideal candidate will have an engineering background with significant experience from the offshore renewables sector either from an organisation engaged in R&D, engineering and/or design and a successful track record of managing a large team of multi-discipline engineers.
  • Experience of working in a site environment and offshore is also seen as being an important feature of the role as the successful candidate will be able to balance what is practically achievable against innovative and far thinking technically innovative approaches.
  • A technical leader with a good understanding of the development of offshore wind projects
  • Project management experience
  • Ideal candidate will have worked in both an offshore wind developer organization and a consultancy (desirable)
  • Having had a significant number of technical papers published and presented is desirable.
  • Experience of managing and developing a large team of engineers; being the coach and mentor of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of managing a package of an offshore wind farm development is desirable.
  • Ability and enthusiasm for writing technical papers and speaking at conference.
  • Good interpersonal skills, a strong team player with pro-active approach.
  • Outgoing and pragmatic with strength of character.
  • Attention to detail and high level of numerical accuracy and the ability to prioritise work.
  • Well organised and self-directed.
  • Good English communication skills and excellent report writing skills.
  • Proficient in French, German or another European language is an advantage

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