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Head of Capital Engineering Projects

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Purpose of the role

Exterion Media is on a journey of transformation, from a poster advertising company to a digital media business powered by data.  Projects are at the heart of this transformation.  The Head of Capital Engineering Projects role is a new role that will provide focus and support for the project team.  You will be working alongside the Head of Product Engineering & Technical and fully supported by the UK assets Director ensuring we deliver a world class estate. This role is pivotal to our success.

Our goal is to operate a world class estate, with well designed and engineered product and first class project delivery.  

We are growing and have won new business and re-signed existing contracts, with contracts signed there is associated capex spend required to ensure the revenues grow with the expectations and contract requirements.  The head of Capital Engineering Projects is to provide needed focus to project delivery and to bring construction project experience to the team.  

The successful candidate will manage a team of project managers who manage the install of advertising assets for the UK business across Exterion Media’s franchise client base.  These products will be sourced by our in house product team.

Exterion Media’s franchise partner’s estates includes National Rail, London Underground, Bus operators and Retail. 
Across those estates are Digital (LCD and LED), Classic (Small Format and Large Format) and Paper panels.

The Head of Capital Engineer Projects will be responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for overall management (Safety, Time, Cost and Quality) of multiple projects and a team of project managers, across all UK business formats, Digital, Classic and Bus.
  • Understand the detail and retain knowledge to be a focal point for all projects. 
  • To bring construction project experience and excellence into the business
  • To bring Civil / Structural leadership to the team
  • On site trouble shooter & support to PMs
  • To bring clear, concise, consistent communication, tailoring the communication style for the intended audience
  • Bring focus and deliver excellent project governance for all projects and instil governance mind-set within the team.  Understand and value the benefit of project controls and governance
  • To ensure projects are delivered within governance, safely, on-time, to budget and to scope.
  • Report on the progress of the projects in line with governance, the project requirements and of the business and key sponsors.
  • Report on the project risks throughout the life of the project mitigating risk as required, in line with governance requirements
  • Engage with key project stakeholders to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is communicated in a timely manner.
  • Work within appropriate project management controls aligned to the project methodology across all disciplines.
  • Drive PMO values throughout the team.
  • Take a holistic view and challenge current methodologies to gain advantage.
  • Understand the detail and retain knowledge to be a focal point for all projects. 
  • Motivate and drive the team, investing in their development.
  • Build relationships and introduce new installation contractors to the business.

Measures of success

The key measures of success will be the on-time delivery of the projects, safely, within budget and to the desired quality, measures will include:

  • Projects being delivered safely, each time every time.
  • Projects delivered to the agreed, cost, time and quality of the business.
  • Clear consistent communication ensuring where change is required, the changes are communicated and agreed, to ensure perception of delivery is positive
  • Time - Ensure all aspects of the project requirement are understood and adequate monitors are in place to assist the managers to hit milestone achievements and project completion.
  • Cost - Work alongside commercial support to ensure any cost change is recorded and approved.
  • Cost – Risk Analysis – Work with risk manager (within PMO team) and identify any potential risks through the project lifecycle, considering planning, resource, franchise partner consent or engineering constraints (civil, electrical, mechanical and product) and ensure the risks are mitigated to ensure risks do not become issues.
  • Quality – Project is delivered to specification
  • Quality – any changes managed formally through change control.
  • Governance – All reporting and adherence to project constraints are met.
  • Ensure lessons learnt meetings are held and any findings integrated in to the next project. 
  • Relationships

A substantial part of the Head of Capital Engineering Projects role will be to ensure strong relationships are forged with internal and external stakeholders, such as:

  • The Franchise Team and their Client base
  • Senior Members of the Exterion Media business
  • The deployment partners / contractors
  • Supplier relationships must be strong and need to source new suppliers. 
  • Establish positive relationship working relationships with the project key sponsors

Operational excellence

Operational excellence is a key objective in the delivery of projects and our assets, our projects need to be delivered to specification (time, cost and quality).   The capital project management team will need to achieve the following:
  • Deliver projects safely each time, ever time
  • Manage contractors on site performance
  • Ensure HSEQ performance 
  • Report consistently
  • Work with PMO to ensure, continual improvement of processes and procedures


The role requires both detail and holistic approaches:
  • Review current  practices, propose substantiated change
  • Continually challenge and assist project managers to achieve the project and business goals..
  • Be an influencer in your specialist field. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Team management 
  • Bring Construction Experience and knowledge into the team 
  • Ensure economical spend by ensuring we have the most efficient install methods
  • Overall project reporting adhering to PMO governance
  • Assist in tenders when required, providing costs and programme advice
  • Drive projects to completion, HSEQ

Exterion Media Competencies

Effective Communication

  • Clear concise, consistent communication to all levels, respecting differing styles are required for different audiences
  • To articulate a clear message and persuade and influence others to gain support for ideas or actions in the best interest of the organisation.  To understand one’s audience and to adapt a message or presentation to that group in order to achieve support and results

Client Partner Focus

  • To work with internal and/or external clients and partners to understand their priorities and success measures.  To build positive relationships, looking value engineered solutions in order to drive growth and performance.


  • To understand, respect and respond to others priorities and needs, working in partnership to achieve best outcome that benefits the organisation as a whole.  To break down barriers and overcome obstacles, recognising other departments as internal customers and identifying ways to share information to achieve desired results. 

Results Driven

  • To deliver projects on time, every time
  • Set standards for self and others that will challenge but will exceed expectations
  • Make the Capital Engineering team the team that deliver.  

Personal characteristics

  • Confident at leading a team as well working autonomously
  • Able to adapt presentation to audience
  • Open, honest and supportive
  • Problem solver with sense of urgency
  • Accurate and have attention to detail
  • Agile and flexible approach
  • Resilient and calm under pressure
  • Reflective and willing to learn
  • Negotiator
  • Decision maker
  • Completer / finisher
  • Networker / influencer


  • Experience of delivering construction projects within regulated environments – ideally having worked in Rail or transport sector
  • HSEQ 
  • Significant demonstrable experience managing projects of various types
  • Civil, mechanical, electrical
  • Whole project lifecycle, cross function design co-ordination
  • Managing projects – up to £1.5 million
  • Negotiation with stakeholders / suppliers

Desired Skills

  • Specification writing / understanding of how to obtain business requirements
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Communication and presentation
  • Training, coaching, mentoring
  • Contract review and management
  • Supplier management
  • Negotiation and dispute resolution
  • MS Office, Visio, Project


  • Engineering Degree – Civil / Structural  

  • Project Management (e.g. APM, Prince, Atern, PMBOK)
  • Member of professional organisation