Regional Project Manager

Project Management
Head Office, Dunkeld, JHB
Regional Project Manager

A vacancy exists for a Regional Project Manager, based at Life Healthcare Head Office, Dunkeld, reporting into Corporate Real Estate & Infrastructure Management. 

This job exists to provide overall management of the Life Healthcare regional’s built environment capital programme. This entails the establishment of the project management centre of excellence, leading the Project Management Office (PMO) and the execution of built environment projects, in an effective, safe and compliant manner that is aligned to applicable best practices and legislation.

Critical Outputs
  • Effectively manage relationships with the business and provide professional leadership, influence and two-way communication.
  • Effectively manages the department and the professional team to deliver projects on time, in full and within quality and budget.
  • Effectively manages all aspects of the team – includes; performance, recruitment, development and retention.
  • Develop the organization’s project management capability and competence to support the growth strategy through training, coaching and mentorship (in business and in department, especially people running projects that are not formally trained project managers)
  • Collaborates effectively with own peers, other functions and the business to; prioritize and identify opportunities, promote agreements on project specifications and procedures, to mobilize resources and to deliver on all objectives.
  • Track and report functional metrics/ key performance indicators to identify and deliver on opportunities for improvement.
  • Perform administrative functions – includes; reviewing and writing performance reports, document management, data analysis, validating expenditures, enforcing rules, and support decisions about key engineering projects.
  • Prepare budgets and bids; drive contract negotiations and address any project disputes
  • Set project management standards and establish a common set of practices, principles and templates including standardisation of project processes, self-assurance and verification protocols and ensure effectiveness thereof.


  1. Establish project management methodologies:
    • Develop a program baseline or the “road map" for implementation of a built environment project portfolio undertaken by the Group.
    • Provide projects cost estimates, time and resources the project requires and lay down the project methodologies using PMO tools and instruments such as Program Charter, Work Plans, Governance Plan, work packages
    • Develop Communication Plans and establish protocols, procedures, and methods to communicate project information and issues (including forms, templates, records-keeping and reporting).
    • Develop project risks and issues management plan, outlining potential challenges and deviations from the project methodology, the probability of such occurrences, the possible impact, and possible solutions.
    • Establish project delivery methodologies and ensure that they are adopted by the Group and are based on accepted industry standards and methodologies such as PMBOK or PRINCE2 
  1. Project Support:
    • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the built environment projects undertaken by regions and hospitals.
    • Capture project requests and ensure that each request has sufficient information to assess the project proposal.
    • Provide a centralized customer focused project management office that plans, negotiates and analyses projects and also addresses the project related concerns across business
    • Analyse resource capacity plans and forecast to manage and guide capacity availability for projects undertaken by the organization.
    • Provide in-house consultancy services to the project teams on project related issues. 
  1. Project Tracking:
    • Establish a project management governance structure that includes key performance indicators and sets milestones for project teams.
    • Audit and track on-going projects at regular intervals to ensure projects are on course and follow approved methodologies.
    • Keep an up-to-date repository of current projects and requests that are pending reviews.
    • Collect Program Status Information and update cycle of work plans, issues and changes collected from Project Leads at defined intervals, including establishing project information dashboards that provide for clear projects status.
    • Consolidate and analyse data collected from program status information, compare results with baseline and communicate status to management for review.
    • Drive the implementation of corrective action as decided by Management, through the Management of Change process (MOC). 

Gather and archive projects experiences, lessons learnt and reusable data to improve project management methods in the future 

Effectively manage Built Environment Project Safety and compliance in the business:

  1. Drive compliance in respect of safety legislations – OHS Act, NEMA, R158, R187, Construction regulation etc.
  2. Drive regular audits to ensure compliance.
  3. Draw up noncompliance records and drive corrective actions implementation
  4. Perform incident investigations, establish reporting criteria and drive reporting.
  5. Develop and roll out engineering safety campaigns ensure conduct verification processes to establish effectiveness.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any of the following engineering field (Mechanical, Electrical (Heavy Current, built environment i.e. Civil, Construction and structural engineering, Architecture and Quantity Survey accompanied by recognised Project Management qualification) or,
  • National Diploma obtained from the University of Technologies/Technikon in either of the above listed qualification.
  • 5 Years’ experience in operations/project management in healthcare industry or similar and 3 years’ capital project management experience
  • In-depth experience in a dynamic built environment is essential (hospital built environment experience advantageous).
  • Exposure to reconnaissance studies, business case development, scoping, and project terms of reference development, contracts negotiation, contracts management and strategic planning and project development.
  • Willingness to travel as and when business requires is a prerequisite for the role
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Engaging diversity
  • Drive and energy
  • Resilience
  • Influencing (negotiations)
  • Ethical behaviour (Honesty)
  • Strong numeracy acumen
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Excellence orientation (concern for high quality work and compliance)
  • Building relationships and networking; customer responsiveness
  • Organizational awareness
  • Business insight
  • Problem-Solving/Analysis.
  • Verbal and written communication including presentation.


Closing date
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Internal applicants - Before making an application, you are requested to discuss your application with your line manager. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Should you not receive any communication after 2 weeks of closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

External candidates will also be considered.

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