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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

CH-8 Capital Projects Manager

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term – 2 Years

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in cutting edge micro/nano, electronics and photonics hardware and systems. Central to Tyndall’s mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of communications, energy, environment, health and agri-tech.  As the national institute for micro/nanoelectronics and photonics, and a research flagship of University College Cork, Tyndall employs over 500 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a cohort of 120 full-time graduate students. Together we generate around 250 peer-reviewed publications annually.  Tyndall is home to a high-tech national research infrastructure unique in Ireland and is a national research asset.

Tyndall is to commence a major expansion of its research infrastructure and related footprint under provisions within the government’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027 (Project Ireland 2040). The investment will see Tyndall significantly expand, enhancing its central role as a key driver of economic impact from technology research and innovation.  As a result of this investment, we will double in size over the NDP period and expand our international role as a leading global research institute. We intend to develop new and exciting capabilities in key emerging technologies within existing and new core areas of competence, and further strengthen our engagement with industry to boost the competitiveness of Irish start-up companies, indigenous SMEs and our global partners. 

The NDP commits to upgrading and expanding Tyndall ‘to stay at the forefront of new technologies and build on its successful industry engagement model’ and to enable it ‘to respond to evolving ICT-related technology opportunities’ in a fast changing and competitive environment. As a result of this exciting development plan and additional substantial capital projects about to commence, Tyndall now has a requirement for an experienced, proactive and technology aware Project Manager to help steer and support this important national investment.

Based primarily at Tyndall, the Project Manager will actively support this capital programme and will operationally report locally to the Tyndall COO and centrally to the Building & Estates Capital Projects Officer at University College, Cork (who will be responsible for the project delivery). 

Key Responsibilities

The role will involve the following:

  • Manage the delivery of the capital programme for Tyndall, ensuring the timely implementation of approved projects;
  • Manage the development of project & design briefs for the purpose of providing them to design teams, contractors, specialists, construction management firms etc. for selection and awarding contracts;
  • Manage the preparation of business cases to include early accurate budgeting for capital and life cycle costs including Simple, Single Appraisal’s, Multi Criteria Analyses, Cost Benefit Analyses, etc;
  • Manage the procurement of project implementation teams (project management, cost, design, construction) as appropriate to ensure effective project implementation;
  • Ensure that all procurement compliance requirements are met;
  • Manage projects to successful completion in line with KPIs of cost, quality, time, sustainability, O&M documentation, and safety;
  • Ensure orderly transition of projects from construction to operation phase;
  • Carry out post project reviews, revising procedures in response to lessons learned;
  • Provide input to the project audit process;
  • Ensure the efficient capture and storage of all essential project data;
  • Provide interim project reports in agreed format on project status and progress;
  • Manage designated project activities (e.g. costs, time and materials, schedules, budgets, change orders, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring objectives are achieved within budget and timeframes and in compliance with established requirements;
  • Development and implementation of Project Execution Plans & Procurement Plans for Capital Projects;
  • Implement the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act {and associated regulations and other relevant COPs, advice notes etc.} as it applies to the post;
  • Liaise with internal system owners through the planning and design process and supervision of construction work.
  • Ensure all adjacent projects are coordinated on the Tyndall Campus.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • As the business needs continue to expand and evolve, it is likely that flexibility in regard to the allocation of specific duties will be necessary. Accordingly, the list of duties specified above is not intended to be exclusive or restrictive; duties may be added or withdrawn after consultation with the post holder.

Essential Criteria 

  • The successful candidate will be a graduate (Level 8 or higher) of a directly relevant Project Management, Civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering or other related discipline;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ post graduate experience with 3 years of senior level experience of Project Management.
  • Significant experience of highly serviced and diverse buildings types.
  • Significant experience of delivery of projects in a live environment.
  • Experience of successfully managing large capital project budgets.
  • Deep knowledge of the Irish construction regulatory environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of planning procedures and protocols.
  • Detailed knowledge of the SHaWAW Act 2005 and its associated regulations, in particular the 2013 Construction Regulations and their application to this position.

Desirable Criteria

  • A detailed knowledge and experience of relevant National and EU procurement requirements, public works contracts, Capital Works Management Framework and construction contract law, guidelines and best practice.
  • ICT competence to a high level.
  • Previous experience of managing projects in the Microelectronic and/or Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Experience of working within historic sites and listed buildings.

General Skills & Experience required:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills at all levels.
  • Excellent time and resource management skills, together with the ability to negotiate and persuade.
  • Solution focussed and forward thinking with the ability to anticipate and resolve potential problems.

The post will be for an initial fixed-term of 2 years, with the possibility of renewal.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Tim Cronin, Capital Projects Officer, Building & Estates Office, email

Application Instructions

Step 1- click here to download and complete the Application form

Step 2 - return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.