Project Development Manager

  • Oct 25, 2019
Location: Glasgow
Category: Management
Type: Full-time
Salary: up to £30,000

The Role
Reporting to the Head of Projects, the Project Development Manager’s role is to manage delivery of strategic business projects and initiatives to support delivery of Wasps Business Plan. The role encompasses all aspects of capital project development, fundraising and delivery, from concept to completion, and business change, to support the creation of affordable studio space, and associated facilities, for artists and creative industries across Scotland.

Job Description
Full duties of the job include:

  1. To manage delivery of capital projects to create new facilities for artists and creative industries across Scotland, from concept to completion, working to the Head of Projects, and leading on the day to day delivery in association with consultant teams, guiding the design development process in line with RIBA stages of design development and Wasps operational objectives for each development project.
  2. To appraise each capital project and to assist in the preparation of business cases, options appraisals, development briefs, environmental sustainability plans and feasibility studies for each capital project, based on demand assessments, local research, market analysis and property surveys, as required, making recommendations to the Head of Projects.
  3. To assist in identification of funding opportunities and preparation of funding applications to achieve delivery of Wasps targeted estates plan and new operational models.
  4. To co-ordinate the design development briefing process based on business plans prepared for each capital project, guiding the procurement process based on Wasps operational and financial requirements for each capital project and providing ongoing client representation with external consultants and contractors.
  5. To manage capital project expenditure, and report on spend as required, to ensure monitoring compliance in line with funding conditions and legal contracts.
  6. To ensure compliance of all projects with Statutory Authority requirements including planning, building warrant and listed building consents, relevant environmental legislation, construction legislation, fire, health & safety, legal, insurance and best practice.
  7. To prepare and record key project information including project programmes, risk registers and provide regular update reports as required by Wasps Board, Projects & Property Sub- Committee and project partners.
  8. To manage the full completion and operational handover processes of capital developments nearing contract completion, in close partnership with Wasps Property Team, including post completion reviews and project documentation audits.
  9. To manage new and existing partnerships with organisations including local authorities, funders, other arts & social enterprise organisations, local communities and other relevant bodies as required to support development projects.
  10. Working with the Head of Projects to develop and test new operational business models which enable Wasps to provide affordable studio accommodation and programmes to creative people
  11. To develop links with artists and the wider community in relation to each studio project, identifying the most appropriate partners to work with and ensuring each project best meets Wasps’ objectives and the needs of artists and creative partners in each location
  12. To manage engagement with local communities to ensure that the cultural, social and community impact of each capital project is fully maximised and supports their needs
  13. To enable Wasps to support its creative community, including providing support to the Arts Enterprise Officer and other Wasps teams where required.
  14. Any other duties as required by the Head of Projects and Chief Executive Officer to enable Wasps to support its creative community.

For all information, including full job description and person specifation, please download the Project Development Manager Information Pack from our website.

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Wasps Studios

Wasps Background Wasps has been supporting the arts community in Scotland for 42 years. We have grown to become one of the UK’s largest studio providers and home to Scotland’s largest cultural community. We currently house 900 visual artists, 35 arts charities and 33 creative businesses at 19 locations from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands. Their work in turn touches the lives of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. As a registered charity, our activities support the regeneration of many deprived communities across Scotland. We redevelop redundant, historic buildings into beautiful facilities for artists and creative industries, improving the physical appearance and economy of the communities in which they are located. Wasps also delivers a range of arts enterprise activity including exhibition, workshop and residencies opportunities, along with professional development support for our creative tenants, delivered across our nine galleries and four residency spaces. Our plans for the future are exciting! We recently completed Phase 1 of Inverness Creative Academy with Phase 2 due to go onsite shortly. We are also about to complete our latest creative hub in Perth, Perth Creative Exchange will open in November 2019. These projects between them will deliver over 60 new studios for artists and space for 30 creative businesses in these locations. We also have a programme of property upgrades and energy efficiency initiatives planned as part of our five year Business Plan (2018-23).