Morson and J Murphy & Sons Proudly Sponsor Women in Rail #TransformTheFuture Event

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    DIVERSITY & INCLUSION | 3 MIN READ

  • Morson was delighted to sponsor the Women in Rail #TransformTheFuture event last month.

  • Representatives from J Murphy & Sons spoke about how they made tangible improvements to their policies, working environments and marketing collateral to deliver an inclusive and accessible working environment. 

In partnership with J Murphy & Sons, Morson was delighted to sponsor the Women in Rail #TransformTheFuture event last month. To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, Women in Rail’s North West Group welcomed like-minded attendees to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester to promote great initiatives and share ideas to encourage more women to consider a career in engineering and construction.

Organised by Women in Rail’s North West branch representatives; Jennifer McKinney, Head of Rail Infrastructure at Keolis Amey Metrolink, Daniela Cardoso, Senior Earthworks Asset Engineer at Network Rail and Claire Cronin, Head of Access & Integration at J Murphy & Sons.

Representatives from J Murphy & Sons spoke about how they made tangible improvements to their policies, working environments and marketing collateral to deliver an inclusive and accessible working environment. These changes included the use of diverse imagery across all J Murphy & Son’s media, CV anonymisation and unconscious bias training. Their London head office even has gender-neutral toilets.

Alastair Smyth, Managing Director of Engineering and Specialist Businesses, at J Murphy & Sons reinforced how it will be the collective force of organisations which will help to realise transformational change within the engineering and construction industry. In turn, we will deliver and retain diverse workforces which are representative of the communities in which they serve.



Key learnings

Inspiring future generations

There is a lot being done by organisations to inspire future generations into STEM. The Girls’ Network, an organisation which inspires and empowers young women from disadvantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of leading female role models, encouraged attendees to get involved with their mentoring scheme.

The importance of role modelling, highlighted by the Girl’s Network and Women Who Wonder, was reiterated by many of the panel members. Personal accounts from both panel’s detailed the positive and negative influence that female peers and those in senior leadership teams can have, demonstrating that role models are essential at every stage of a young person’s career. Role modelling will play an essential role in helping to encourage a diverse, next generation of talent into engineering, particularly considering that children in reception classes now could be working on the second phase of HS2.

The wider talent pool

Secondly, management as a skill is so important. It isn’t necessarily the best technical person who is best equipped to lead a team. This demonstrates the need to look at the whole talent pool to address the skills shortage, not just emergent talent (school and university leavers). It’s essential for companies to think about implementing mid-career apprenticeships, returner programmes and training which focuses on the individual if the industry wants to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

We need to promote positive action to widen the available talent pool such as introducing inclusive PPE, diverse imagery, gender-neutral language, clean welfare vans and most importantly, educate our co-workers about changing team dynamics as the makeup of their team changes.

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Commenting on the success of the event, Gary Smithson, Associate Director said:

“What really struck me about this great event was the diversity of the audience with regards to gender split (60/40 female to male) and age range. For us, promoting role models and profiling successful women in the industry is a key factor in creating a more diverse workforce and inspiring future generations. I have seen first-hand a shift in the recognition of diversity amongst organisations, which is hopefully a signifier of real change."


For more information on Morson's commitment to diversity check out our Inclusive Role Models series. Or to find your next opportunity search jobs here. 


Cx Jobs

Engagement Manager

A leading client in the Transportation Industry is recruiting for an Engagement Manager to work on a contract basis, based at their offices in Birmingham. Role is inside scope of IR35. JOB PURPOSE The Engagement Manager develops and delivers the plan for engaging with the affected communities and their representatives and creates strong stakeholder relationships in order to achieve organisational objectives. ACCOUNTABILITIES Develop and implement regional and local plans for community engagement to ensure there is public awareness of: the project; its benefits and local impacts; the support the Engagement Manager provides to affected communities; and how they can get involved in the development of the railway. Engage with local representative groups to identify appropriate channels for engagement, particularly with those who are vulnerable or require additional support. Maintain internal and external stakeholder relationships, apprising Ministers and senior client employees and civil servants of progress. Work with community stakeholders and local representatives to minimise objections. Through engagement, gather relevant information to ensure the organisation understands how the proposals impact on local communities. Represent the client organisation in the region, including with local elected representatives and business groups, and act as the spokesperson in local and regional media. Ensure all engagement is recorded in line with organisational policies. Ensure appropriate processes are followed to promote knowledge and understanding of community views and concerns within the organisation. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE Intermediate experience engaging and working with communities, including in a hostile and complex environment. Demonstrable track record of using strong communication and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including local communities, business representatives, and elected representatives. Proven ability to develop and deliver a local engagement strategy Strong planning and organisational skills. Experience of presenting a large amount of complex information to a wide range of stakeholders in an appropriate style. Able to operate effectively within a community engagement or consultation forum environment. Demonstrable track record of delivering sensitive - and at times distressing ‐ messages to the individuals and community groups Experience of line managing staff. Experience of working in a large infrastructure project environment is desirable. A local authority background would be useful although but not essential.

Manager of Project Engineering - Nuclear Industry

Role: Manager of Project Engineering - Nuclear Industry Location: Chester Salary: Negotiable (client more interested in finding the right person for this key role, with salary of secondary importance) Start: ASAP (Security clearance will be required prior to starting) My client is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products for the civil nuclear industry, serving utility customers worldwide who provide low carbon electricity through nuclear generation. As a result of investment activity, my client is seeking to enhance their in-house project delivery capability based in the Group Projects team based on sites in Gronau (Germany), Almelo (Netherlands), Capenhurst (UK), and Eunice (NM, USA). Group Projects is responsible for driving excellence in portfolio management, project management, project engineering management, estimating, project controls, procurement and contract management, and construction management. As a part of Group Projects you will join a pool of experts providing subject matter consulting, advice and direct delivery of strategically significant Client projects. The client Group Projects is entering into a period of significant and exciting change. The role will own and shape the project system for the clients Group's global portfolio of small and medium projects accumulating up to €100 million annual CAPEX and select projects ranging from €50 million to in excess of €500 million. The purpose of this role is to develop delivery excellence in Project Engineering Management and direct the management of integrated design solutions. Reporting to the Director of Group Projects you will be accountable for Project Engineering Management and direction of the management of integrated design solutions. The remit of the role stretches through initial project evaluation and conception, to project handover and closeout. The main areas of responsibility will include: Giving strategic direction to enhance engineering management capabilities Providing expert opinion to aid selection of the right projects to be added to the portfolio Building high performance multicultural teams and aligning team members to common goals Development and evolution of engineering/design process and procedures, to deliver against the Client Group selected projects Protecting the clients commercial position through good practice contracting strategies, procurement, negotiation and contract management and meeting Group Projects Objectives We are now looking for an individual who can make a difference and add value to our client's Team. The following skills and experience will provide an indication of the types of Team Players they are looking for: Proficient command of English and the business language in the role location Educated to a degree level in a relevant subject Qualified in project management (for example PMI) Significant experience in the full project lifecycle An effective communicator Demonstrable success in engineering management Demonstrable track record in successful project delivery involving technology internationally in a responsible leadership role You will drive for results to exceed challenging targets. You will also have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to continuously improve. Salary will be negotiable dependant on previous experience. For this key position, though they will be a consideration, candidate salary expectations will be of secondary importance to finding the right person. In addition to this, the client offers an excellent benefits package including bonus, 27 days holiday and a very generous pension, along with excellent career development and advancement prospects, as well as the opportunity to work for a prestigious and respected company serving a key role within the nuclear industry MORSON INTERNATIONAL, part of the Morson Group, are the leading TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT COMPANY in the UK specialising in Technical Support to the following industries: Nuclear, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Petrochemical & Construction

Project Cost Estimator - Nuclear Industry

Role: Project Cost Estimator - Nuclear Industry Location: Chester Salary: £43,746 - £50,294/year + excellent benefits including bonus, 27 days holiday and a very generous pension Start: ASAP (Security clearance will be required prior to starting) My client is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products for the civil nuclear industry, serving utility customers worldwide who provide low carbon electricity through nuclear generation. As a result of investment activity, my client is seeking to enhance their in-house project delivery capability based in the Group Projects team based on sites in Gronau (Germany), Almelo (Netherlands), Capenhurst (UK), and Eunice (NM, USA). Group Projects is responsible for driving excellence in portfolio management, project management, project engineering management, estimating, project controls, procurement and contract management, and construction management. As a part of Group Projects you will join a pool of experts providing subject matter consulting, advice and direct delivery of strategically significant Client projects. The client Group Projects is entering into a period of significant and exciting change. The role will own and shape the project system for the clients Group's global portfolio of small and medium projects accumulating up to €100 million annual CAPEX and select projects ranging from €50 million to in excess of €500 million. Reporting to the Manager of Project Support, the Project Cost Estimator will develop and, when necessary, change project baseline estimates, ensuring they fully reflect the project concerned and that those risks and are fully integrated with the project baseline schedule. The successful candidate will be assigned to either one major or a number of smaller projects. They will ensure that the cost estimates fully reflect the scope of the project and in accordance with our client's policies and procedures. The Project Cost Estimator will normally work remotely from line management and is expected to be able to operate with autonomy whilst providing services to several customers. . The main areas of responsibility of the role will include: Accountability for the development of probabilistically modelled project cost estimates Production of counter estimates to enable validation of vendor offers and claims Supporting the development of Capital Expenditure Proposals Estimating the impact of any project change requests Carrying out peer reviews of cost estimates produced by others This role will also ensure knowledge is retained and transferred and undertake lessons learnt reviews to promote continuous improvement Our client is now looking for an individual who can make a difference and add value to their existing Team. The following skills and experience will provide an indication of the types of Team Players they are looking for: Significant project estimating experience including projects over €100 million, brownfield and turnaround/outage projects Professional cost estimating qualification e.g. AACE or equivalent Ability to interpret technical specifications and engineering drawings of varying complexity Ability to co-ordinate disparate information into a coherent estimate Sound understanding of good practice estimating processes and principles including probabilistic modelling Experienced user of relevant software packages Conversant in business English and in the business language specific to role location Our client is looking for someone who will drive for results to exceed challenging targets, and will also have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to continuously improve. The role include a competitive salary, as well as an excellent benefits package including bonus, 27 days holiday and a very generous pension, along with excellent career development and advancement prospects, as well as the opportunity to work for a prestigious and respected company serving a key role within the nuclear industry MORSON INTERNATIONAL, part of the Morson Group, are the leading TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT COMPANY in the UK specialising in Technical Support to the following industries: Nuclear, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Petrochemical & Construction

Contract Support Officer

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