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Estate Development Project Manager

Contract type: Secondment

Category: Project / Change Management

Location: National

Estate Development Project Manager, Grade: B16, 6 Month Secondment, Location: Field-Based – National


As the dynamic Estate Development Project Manager, you will play a pivotal role in driving the operational execution and successful delivery of our exciting PI&R new openings and acquisitions pipeline. Your expertise in end-to-end project management will ensure effective, consistent, and efficient project implementation, contributing significantly to the expansion and enhancement of our property portfolio. Join us in shaping the future of Whitbread's estates with passion and precision!

Role: Estate Development Project Manager 

Reports to: Programme Manager – Estate Development  

Grade: B16 - Permanent 

Location: Field-Based – National

What you’ll do:

  • Lead project management for all new openings / projects
  • Facilitate meetings, and act as the key point of contact, with the Regional Operational /Hotel Managers and the senior team at each site to confirm timelines, recruitment, opening process, budgets, Sales, PR and Marketing
  • Ensure that the site is ready to / signed off to trade with Licensing /Police/ Fire Officers and all statutory bodies
  • Communicate project progress & update other key functions of WHR prior, during & after the development period
  • Support and share ownership of the site & teams during the project lifespan
  • In conjunction with the EDT Programme Manager liaise with Finance to ensure PARs, budgets, pre-opening trackers etc are accurate and up to date
  • Make recommendations for improvements and implement for future projects
  • Manage the recruitment process in conjunction with the Operations team and agree timelines with HR & commercial team for each site
  • Ensure positive and effective communication streams regarding New Openings and projects are achieved with all support stakeholders
  • Keep up to date with all latest initiatives, support and ensure implementation to all areas of the business
  • Ensure that all new opening materials are always fully up to date and fit for purpose
  • Work closely with the management teams to ensure their business is well maintained in line with the company health and safety policies
  • Coach site management
  • Influence and communicate effectively with all statutory bodies, contractors and third parties

What we offer:

  • Healthcare: Family BUPA healthcare
  • Discounts: Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and 25% discount on our Restaurant brand
  • Job need company car
  • Bonus: Up to 30% opportunity per year
  • Private healthcare - Bupa
  • Check out all our benefits here: https://www.whitbreadcareers.com/about-us/benefits/

What you’ll need:

  • Understanding of Premier Inn operational and brand standards and familiarity with Hotel functions including F&B, reception and housekeeping as well as Premier Inn business systems
  • You will have strong People Skills – embracing the Whitbread Values and the essence of the Whitbread Leadership Framework
  • You’ll have a genuine rapport with people and can build trust and win support at all levels of the business both internally and externally
  • As well as being self-motivated, you will be enthusiastic and someone who always looks to bring positive energy to your team
  • Someone who is driven and focused on results will be successful in this role, as well as needing excellent communication skills and the ability to influence at all levels
  • You’ll be experienced of getting results via an output that benefits all stakeholders
  • Proven leadership ability – you'll be able to show you have successfully managed, coached and developed others

At Whitbread, we believe in the power of individual contributions to make a collective difference, and as part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to not only shape our property portfolio but also actively engage with local communities through our charitable initiatives.

This role isn't just about managing projects; it's about creating experiences, building connections, and leaving a positive mark.


We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation that values diversity and welcomes your application whatever your background or situation.

Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQIA+ community (those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans and non-binary or those who use a different LGBTQIA+ term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. Speak to us about workplace adjustments, part-time and flexible working. Where possible we will support this.

Job ref: 828710-2028
Advertised: 04 Mar 2024

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