Principal Contracts Manager

£45,933 - £50,526 yearly
  • The Coal Authority
  • Remote (Mansfield, UK)
  • 22 Jun, 2022
Full time Management Other Environmental Management Environmental Health

Job Description

Working with us:

We encourage applicants from anywhere in the UK – as long as you’re able to be in the Mansfield office for a minimum of 1-2 days a week and attend our regular team meetings in person, we embrace a hybrid working model as much as possible.

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of wonderful benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), an option to work in a hybrid way, a great civil service pension scheme, generous gym membership contribution, and support for your professional membership.

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

About the role:

As a key member of Environment Sustainability & Strategy Department and as part of the Operations Directorate, you will lead a small team of multi-disciplinary professionals in the management and operation of the Coal Authority’s mine water treatment, data monitoring and water level management assets. Working closely with our chosen service providers, you will lead the delivery of a multi-million pound service contract ensuring: operational, environmental and Health & Safety compliance and implementing the highest standards of financial and contract governance. You will be required to work closely with internal stakeholders to support the Coal Authority’s wider corporate objectives and be a key contact for external stakeholders and customers i.e. regulators, funding authorities, government agencies and local residents.   

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

You will be an experienced professional with a strong background in the successful delivery of high value, dynamic operational service contracts. You will have experience of: water treatment, financial or operational management, ideally with associated accreditations or membership of relevant professional bodies. You will be able to demonstrate that you are a strategic thinker, with strong leadership and mentoring capabilities and a proven record of successful project management. You will support the Coal Authority’s values of: Trusted, Inclusive and Progressive in all aspects of the role.

 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at   or by phone on 0345 762 6848.

 Other essential information


Application closing date: Sunday 10th July 2022

 Application outcome:

We would love to respond to all candidates, however due to the high volumes we receive, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Therefore if you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We do encourage you to keep an eye on our website and see if there are any other roles that may be suitable for you.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 

 Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply. 


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