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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Project Manager - Utilities - Major Infra Rail Project

  • Job added:   23 May 2020
  • Salary:   £65000 - £70000/annum Additional Benefits
  • Location:   Camden, London
  • County:   Greater London
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   212060748
  • Company:   CV-Library
Utilities Project Manager - Major Infrastructure Rail Project - London

Job summary
To support the Operations Director to coordinate and manage all utility members of the substructure team including supply chain in accordance with the Construction Management Plan. To provide leadership to the utilities team and support Station Lead to create and develop the culture and behaviours to meet the HS2 Construction Partner Objectives in collaboration with all parties as described in WI 830 (Collaboration). The PM is responsible for the effective utilities planning, management and coordination of the construction works and Drainage performed by the substructure team and associated subcontractors maintaining an uncompromising commitment to safety and a collaborative approach to meet the construction programme; the incentive target; achieve exemplary quality and sustainability standards; ensuring the correct resourcing and incentivisation.

Key responsibilities
1.Be responsible for providing the Stations Utilities Lead information for both short form and long form report outlining the progress of the utility works, actual cost, forecast and highlighting any problems and issues for resolution. Attend delivery meetings with the Station Lead.
2.Responsible for the co-ordination between the construction, design, procurement and commercial departments to ensure the utility sub-contracts are awarded and work started in accordance with the schedule of works.
3.To create a high performing utility team through the setting of clear SMART targets via the team plan and complying with the performance management process for all team members.
4.Promote and deliver a collaborative environment throughout all members of the team including stakeholders and the supply chain. Establish and maintain site organisation and facilitate effective communications between the Employer's representatives
5.Receipt of instruction from the client Construction Manager. Ensure a clear understanding of levels of authority to receive instructions by the client Construction Manager or Supervisor and receipt of other contractual communication within the team and supply chain.
6.To ensure performance management process and ensure the appropriate training is planned and delivered.
7.Promote and deliver works in accordance with HS2 standards and without defects. Ensure works are monitored to achieve right first-time workmanship and undertake lessons learnt reviews to promote continuous improvement.

Technical competencies
1.Have excellent communication skills (including presentation skills) in English, both written and verbal and the ability to report at Project level.
2.A good working knowledge of the:
a)Health & Safety at Work Act 1974,
b)Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996
c)Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015
d)Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and
e)other relevant legislation
3.Be commercially astute with experience of project controls and delivery to budget.
4.NEC contract experience.
5.Excellent organisation and people management/ team building skills.

Qualifications, Certifications & Experience
1.Be educated to degree or higher level or equivalent in a numerate discipline, typically an Engineering discipline. A lower educational level, typically HNC or HND may be acceptable where a very significant level of experience can be demonstrated.
2.Membership of an appropriate Professional body, typically Chartered member or Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineering or hold an equivalent professional status.
3.Computer skills - well developed IT skills including a working knowledge of BIM, AutoCad, and the use of collaborative platforms.
4.Hold a CSCS Card and have undertaken the appropriate Safety for Senior Managers training.
5.Demonstrate significant experience of complex station/transport interchange infrastructure build and employment in mid-management roles on projects of similar scope and scale, within the construction industry.
6.Proven track record of managing drainage projects
7.Proven track record of delivering projects to time and budget, together with an exemplary safety, quality and sustainability record.
8.Previous experience of operating for major infrastructure clients typically, TfL and other UK or International organisations.
9.Experience of managing consents, utility suppliers and stakeholders.

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