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Senior Hydro Project Manager

Competitive salary
Closing date
18 May 2024

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Senior Project Manager - Cruachan Units 3&4 
Location: Cruachan Hydro Power Station, Scotland 

Are you looking to develop and accelerate your Engineering Project Management Career? Do you want to work within one of the most unique environments – within a mountain? Do you want to be involved in Engineering Excellence?  

If yes, then this might be the role for you!!  

This is a fantastic opportunity – spanning from design through to full operation, and you’ll be involved in all of it! As the Senior Project Manager, you’ll be responsible for leading of the upgrades of Cruachan Power Station on units 3&4.  

This is a permanent role, based at our Cruachan Power Station. You’ll be reporting into the Engineering Director and leading a team to deliver critical engineering upgrades. You will be building on the shoulders of giants who constructed the original site back in the 1960’s!  

Take a look at what Jamie thinks about working within our Hydro Plants  

About the role 

This is a significant investment project that will include the design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of the new units.

The upgrade will include the replacement of the turbines, generators, and Main Inlet Valves during planned outages.

You’ll be managing outages on this critical plant while other generating units are operational.  The role will also play a critical part in the Drax growth strategy that will involve a number of internal and external stakeholders.   

Critically, you’ll be ensuring that the culture on the project delivery is Best in Class, and you’ll develop and manage the CAPEX project budgets to secure the resources necessary to achieve the project objectives.   

Delivery is everything and you’ll ensure that the technical performance of the contractors is of the highest level, to ensure that the new units meet the performance requirements specified. 

About you 

Essentially, you’ll hold a Degree in a relevant subject such as Engineering/Law/Quantity Surveying or equivalent large Programme Management experience, as well as a Project Management qualification including membership of the Association of Project Management (or equivalent).   

You’ll demonstrate your fantastic experience of developing strong relationships with Contractors and internal customers to manage the requirements of both. We want your proven track record of delivering successful results in a complex, multi-disciplinary projects to shine! 

You’ll have a passion for leaderships, driving high standard, collaboration and communication! All of which are essential values to us here at Drax 

If you want a role that’s unique in technology, that is part of the net zero transition, that challenges you from a logistical, technical and operational perspective – as well as enabling you to leave a legacy – then this is the project for you!!!  

The good stuff to know 

If you would like more information on this role, please reach out to

This is a permanent role, based in Cruachan. We understand that even though this role may not be in your current location, here at Drax we may able to support with relocation.

Why not attend our open day at Cruachan on 23rd April. At the open day, you’ll be able to find out more about Drax, Cruachan Power station and this fantastic opportunity, as well as meet some of the team and hear from them first hand all about this innovative project!  

If you would like to attend the open day, please complete this short form – so that we can email you some really good information and what you need to know about the open day.

We’ll be holding interviews/assessment centers for these roles on the 29th and 30th May at our Cruachan site.

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