Career Grade Project Managers

Career Grade Project Managers

  • Location: Cirencester/Witney/Coleford/remote working available
  • Salary: £23,266-£43,352 per annum subject to level and experience
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent contract
  • Closing Date: 03 October 2021
  • Interview Date: 11 October 2021

We're Hiring

We’re looking for Project Managers at all levels

As Career Grade roles we are looking for those that need support to start a career in project management as well as those who are already qualified, experienced and ready to help us support those starting their careers. This is a post you can apply for whether you are a recent graduate or have a few years project management experience and are looking for a new career opportunity and we are looking to appoint people at different points on the career grade structure according to qualifications and experience.

There are a few great organisations that can help you excel, and achieve, and support you in discovering your true potential – Publica Group is one of these organisations. For those who aspire to learn and develop their project management skills we can offer funded courses as well as providing excellent on the job experience. If however you are an experienced project or programme manager then we would welcome your expertise in shaping our new focus on excellent project management in delivering Council priorities.

Publica provides project management to three Local Authorities. So, if you are starting your career journey you will have an extensive training ground and scope to progress; and if you are already an experienced Project Manager you will have a scope of opportunities that you will not find anywhere else. The salary range is purposefully wide in order to properly recognise your level of experience, qualification and talent.

About the role…

These exciting opportunities to lead projects that will transform communities, support the improvement of vital services and benefit the environment and local economy. We are looking for project managers who can inspire and drive a range of projects and programmes and have opportunities for those who have a keen interest but minimal experience in project support, those that have a good grounding in project management and those who are highly experienced in complex project and programme management. You will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects across numerous specialist areas such as Climate Change, supporting community health and wellbeing and the local economy and delivering affordable housing and waste and recycling services.

Project Support Officers will provide essential support in the delivery of projects, coordinating and monitoring progress, ensuring key lines of communication are maintained and project documentation is produced and kept up to date. 

Project Managers would lead on the delivery of a range of projects and need some experience in project management however, we welcome applications from those who wish to build on their experience and gain further experience or qualifications.

The Senior Project and Programme Manager role involves coordinating complex projects or programmes supporting Councils in delivering a wide range of priorities and could include major property acquisitions and development or transformational service change. You would coordinate projects, working closely with project managers and project support officers to ensure a robust approach to project management. Experience in delivering a range of different projects across multiple disciplines is required although specific experience in delivering local government projects is not essential.

The appended Role Description and Employee specification sets out the requirements to be appointed at each level and the attached matrix indicates the likely criteria to determine where appointments will be made and how career advancement to Senior level can take place. We will support your career progression with training and qualification support from Officer to Senior level, and beyond.

To give you a better indication of some of the great projects Publica are involved in here is Carl Jones- Corporate Project Manager for Publica

‘The sheer range of projects that Publica commissions is what makes this Project Management role so rewarding, challenging and unique.  Whether it’s the delivery of a landscaped car park to ease town centre parking pressures, the implementation of ‘In-cab’ technology to greatly increase the efficiency of household refuse collection, or setting up a staff ‘Benefits Portal’ that enables staff to access Publica’s benefits package; there is no shortage of variety. Publica also employs a diverse range of professionals and subject matter experts in Legal, Accounting, Town Planning, Environmental Health and ICT to name a few; all of whom regularly provide expertise and input into the organisation’s project portfolio, which all makes for a fascinating and stimulating working environment where you are continually expanding your knowledge and skills.’  

You will need…

  • A level or equivalent qualification.
  • Undergraduate degree or experience in a relevant field (period dependant on role), or a combination of qualifications broadly equivalent to degree level and required experience.
  • Competent in using a range of technology and software packages, including Microsoft and Google.
  • Experience in supporting, administering, managing or implementing projects.


For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • Use of a car for work purposes


What can we do for you…

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • paid for health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • paid for Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • cycle to work scheme
  • paid for access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)

These are just a handful of the benefits  that you can enjoy when you join us!


If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Claire Locke by email

Closing date: Sunday 3rd October 2021 @ midnight

Interview date:  Week commencing 11th October 2021

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623319.

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

Do you consider that you have a disability?

Publica has signed up to 'Disability Confident' commit to encourage applications by offering an interview to those who declare they have a disability, if the person meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined on the person specification.

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