SA - Senior Project Manager : Grid Connection Works (GCW) - South Africa

Construction · Cape Town, Western Cape
Department Construction
Employment Type Permanent
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for ensuring the successful execution of the preconstruction, construction, commissioning and project closeout phases of all grid connected works/projects (GCW), with an emphasis on establishing and maintaining project controls and driving projects to completion in a safe, timely and cost effective manner.

Key Responsibilities and Activities

The Senior Project Manager will typically work on multiple projects simultaneously and must be able to work in a fast‐paced, multi‐task environment, balancing competing priorities and multiple project assignments.  

  • Grid connected works program management - provide big-picture assistance to the organization and manage / take accountability for deliverables of all aspects of the GCW projects, whilst ensuring alignment of the overall GCW program with Mainstream strategic business objectives
  • Define realistic project goals and objectives with individual project managers and other stakeholders
  • Project(s) tracking and review – monitor, track and control outcomes, identify and manage risks, resolve conflicts, identify essential dependencies and ensure delivery of critical path activities
  • Develop and execute a communication strategy for all the different project stakeholders, including reporting  on (inter alia) project status, progress, safety metrics, project risks, environmental compliance and community engagement. The responsibility also includes providing feedback, advice, and encouragement to the project managers and team members. If required, senior PMs will coordinate with external consultants, partners, clients, and suppliers.
  • Provide leadership by building and training project teams to expand their capabilities by means of establishing best practices, policies, PM methodologies, risk management, quality assurance and control tools, techniques and templates.


  • Analyze monthly construction contractor CPM schedule updates; develop progress payments based on schedule milestone(s) achieved; assist with recovery schedules.
  • Prepare and manage detailed project budgets and cashflows per Financial Model / plan.
  • Identify risks early and present well thought out corrective action plans.
  • Track information needed to manage projects and use this information as basis for corporate, investment and ad-hoc reporting - as required
  • Consistently meet deadlines, which may require additional hours beyond a standard work day.

Key Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree or Diploma in Engineering or the built environment (electrical, mechanical, civil, construction management or quantity surveying) – PMP, SACPCMP (CPM\CM) and / or ECSA registration a bonus
  • 10 years (+) previous GCW project management experience - in a senior position
  • Strong project management skill set required including contract management, contract administration, scheduling, planning, financial control and management
  • Extensive working knowledge of the following disciplines and associated systems – HSE, project risk management, quality assurance and control
  • Well versed in South African contract/commercial law, environmental requirements and legislation, OHSSA Act including ORHVS regulations, labor law and the BCEA
  • Knowledge of Eskom engineering design requirements, policies and procedures
  • Excellent understanding of the Eskom asset creation process
  • An understanding of the the REIPPPP Grid Code compliance, regulations and process
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with the NSP (Eskom), general contractor personnel, subcontractors, OEM’s, consultants, inspectors, auditors, land owners and other project related parties
  • Senior project managers are required to be advocates/champions of continuous learning, process improvement, and project management methodologies within Mainstream
  • Detail oriented with the ability to execute at a high level with significant independence
  • Superior negotiating skills and a personable negotiator
  • Strong verbal, presentation and report writing skills

What we offer

We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, in a growing market in a fast paced industry.  You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary and bonus scheme.

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  • Location
    Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor