Senior Project Manager

  • Job category Engineering
  • Employment Fulltime
  • Reference number VAC-10027556
  • Location Rheden
  • Contract type Secondment via YER
  • Industry Energy, Gas, Water

About this vacancy

Howden Reciprocating and Centrifugal compressors (HCR), is a specialist supplier of tailor-made gas compression equipment to various industries. Their products have made a valuable difference for our clients for the past 100 years, and we are now looking for a Senior Project Manager within a New Build department who will support our company in making a valuable difference in the century to come. The Senior Project Manager leads the delivery of engineered-to-order systems to customers in a demanding global and competitive market. The Senior Project Manager is in the drivers’ seat externally and internally. The position is challenging as you should meet customers’ expectations, deliver our key performance indicators and improve the projects’ financial performance whilst managing deviations from the plan arising from daily issues and materialized risks.

Job description

What needs to be done?

  • Lead projects to ensure On-Time-Delivery of project milestones, stay within or improve budget, and deliver with the contractually agreed quality and Howden standards;
  • Lead multi-function project teams, leading by example, even where there is no direct control over resource;
  • Deliver improved project execution processes and methodologies;
  • Deliver all technical and commercial requirements of the contract;
  • Deliver improvement of forecasting accuracy (including Percentage Of Completion updates), reduced variances, Risk & Opportunity management and project margin during project execution;
  • Develop lasting relationships with customers & end-users.


Howden enables their customers’ vital processes, which advance a more sustainable world. This is the Howden vision that drives us! Liaise with colleagues in 34 countries. They offer global and local opportunities, 6000 employees and world leading engineers, who create cutting edge developments.

You will be a part of over 160 years of innovation and development that continues today with their digital solutions. At Howden they have a strong corporate identity and purpose. You will be a member of their team, shaping the future of the world and tackling some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Their products and organization are Revolving Around You. Their culture promotes individual development to enhance their most important asset – their people.

Offer description

They offer an interesting and challenging position within a professional, international organization with freedom to act, improve processes and the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders. As they consider talent management as key to the success of our organization, they offer opportunities for personal and professional development. Potential future positions could be within other Howden locations or a horizontal move within HCR. they offer a salary package that is fully in line with the level of the position and which is supplemented by an extensive package of fringe benefits.

Candidate profile

What do you need to bring?

  • Bachelor degree with if addition a Project Management certification (Prince 2, PMI or similar);
  • 5-10 years’ experience in managing large, complex, commercial, customer-facing projects in an engineering to order environment;
  • Experienced in leading large teams, with full accountability including financial accountability, across multiple functions, either directly or indirectly;
  • Experienced in dealing with international suppliers of large, complex orders/components;
  • Experienced in Senior Management-level interactions and negotiations with customers in demanding environments;
  • Experience of understanding implications of complex contractual terms and conditions – what team needs to do, potential risk areas and opportunities;
  • Ability to read and interpret Engineering drawings, specifications and application data;
  • We prefer a candidate that has worked on multiple projects with international stakeholders, customers and/ or suppliers;
  • Excellent command of the English language;
  • A pro-active, solution oriented personality;
  • Ability to deal in a professional way with resistance and able to build bridges and to have a healthy debate;
  • Being transparent, a no-nonsense mentality, result-driven and a decision maker;
  • A team player with a strong customer focus who is constructive critical, assertive, well organized, who has excellent communication skills, is leading by personal power, questions status quo but also provides alternatives, who is doing things first time right and who is able to zoom in and zoom out, from details to a helicopter view and back;
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% maximum.