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JOB PURPOSE To lead and manage the Lowther Castle and Gardens project. To work with partners, government funding bodies, the Lowther Estates, investors, national cultural institutions, commercial partners, University Institutions, Government Departments and planning authorities to deliver a visitor destination of national/international standing. The role is highly visible and operates at a senior level. The main task will be to manage the interests of all parties in delivering a highly complex multi disciplined and transformational project that will stimulate the Cumbria Economy. The role will be to manage the development of the project to practical completion. All matters of funding, planning, access and project direction will be the responsibility of the post holder. The role may also include the taking of responsibility for project management and operational tasks. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES • Manage a complex range of stakeholder relationships

Manage contract delivery partners to secure the effective delivery of the project

Secure public and private sector investments into the development programme

Manage, amend and achieve the project’s outputs and milestones

Authorise deviation from plan

To be ultimately responsible for the Lowther project and any decisions to be made on the project.

Support the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust

Act as secretariat for the project Steering Group

Communicate information about the project to stakeholders as required.

Ensure risks are monitored and managed.

Day-to-day management of key Projects / Programmes to time, quality, budget

Manage interface with Lowther Estates as key surrounding landowner

Marketing of the project to visitors at practical completion


Reporting against project programming

Acting as Secretariat to the Steering Committee

Reporting to the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust

Reporting outputs to key funding partners including the Big Lottery and HLF

Delivery of key strategic, complex, high risk projects and programmes of work

DECISION MAKING You will be responsible for managing a significant project with associated programmes of work with budgets into the millions. You will be responsible for ensuring the project stays on track and will be responsible for ensuring delivery against Contracts. You will need to: • Manage resourcing •

Decide on project structure & teams

Manage Project Budgets

Make key strategic decisions on projects

Establish an effective relationship management network to ensure all stakeholders interests are met

PLANNING AND ORGANISING For this role you will need

Exceptional Planning & Organisation skills.

A proven track record in project management

A proven track record in developing cultural visitor attractions and event management

Tourism product and marketing development skills

And to demonstrate : 

Experienced Project planning skills

Delivery to timescales

Ability to organise own time and that of other contributors to the project

Excellent capability of ensuring all project files are well organised and kept up-to-date

Capability to manage time to ensure where issues arise they can be resolved

Must be responsive to tight timescales and additional requirements

Management and leadership to ensure the projects stay on track

Ability to assess and manage risks and issues

RELATIONSHIPS Ability to build and maintain positive and productive working relationships. Management of matrix project team Strong Leadership skills Ability to manage relationships with key line managers for project team members Direct line management and leadership responsibilities Management of 3rd Parties [Consultants, Contractors] Key management of Stakeholders externally. Networking, influencing and management with Director level stakeholders Negotiation with major investors and Government Agencies


Substantial experience of managing large complex projects with multiple stakeholders.

Demonstrable experience of working within the tourism field. Educated to post graduate level in an appropriate discipline

Ability to use influencing and communication skills to gain support and understanding of Directors and senior management regarding project management techniques.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to build and maintain positive and productive interdepartmental and senior stakeholder working relationships.

Knowledge of technical, legislative and regulatory frameworks that relate to project management within the public sector.

Understanding of the work of the public sector bodies

Demonstrable essential management skills; leadership, communication, negotiation, problem solving; Self reliance, enthusiasm, problem solving, team leading attributes

 Experience of working in a structured and unstructured Project Management environment 

Understanding the work of a rural estate

Competencies Building and Managing Relationships C Prioritise the building of effective relationships with key people o

Has a focused proactive approach with regard to which relationships are invested in


Resolves problems in relationships before they develop into dysfunction


Takes a long term view with regard to which relationship are important


Makes relationships with people who would not otherwise be readily social companions Developing Others C

Transfers ownership and gains commitment o

Uses an excellent understanding of people to identify what will appeal to them.


Leads an audience to a decision or sale without them noticing.


Presents a compelling argument for a proposal or proposition.


Uses experts or third parties to influence others.


Builds relationships with key players for the purpose of gaining support.

Leadership C Inspires others towards a compelling vision

o Communicates the strategic vision to the team/function in a manner which generates enthusiasm and commitment. Is a driver of cultural changes. o Promotes cross-group effectiveness (includes sharing information, resources etc. with other business units, and solving mutual problems collaboratively). o Brings out the best in people inspiring them to say : “I want to achieve this o

Striving for Success D Prioritises goals o o o o

Focuses energy where it will give greatest return. Analyses and challenges the use of resources against business objectives. Benchmarks, both internally and externally. Encourages own team to focus on profitability improvements. Thinking and Acting Ahead C

Identifies opportunities for business success

o o o

Identifies future development and long term potential and works in the short, medium and long term to deliver a positive result. Systematically scans the strategic business environment to develop strategies and processes which will minimise future problems. Recognises and rewards proactivity in others.

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