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Operations Director

Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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Operations Director – Overhead Lines.


Murphy is currently recruiting for an Operations Director to join our award-winning Energy team. Our team is known for its extensive in-house expertise and continual drive to innovate within the industry. The Operations Director will lead and be accountable for the safe, timely and profitable delivery of Overhead Line (OHL) projects across the UK. The Operations Director will support the Managing Director to develop and deliver strategic initiatives and business plan objectives.


Following the ‘One Murphy’ approach, we’re able to deliver all aspects of the projects we work on. Murphy has designed, constructed, and commissioned projects for clients such as National Grid, SSE and Ørsted, on both transmission and distribution networks within the Energy sector.


What you will be doing:

  • Support the business unit director in the day-to-day management of the business unit. 
  • Work collaboratively with peers to lead the development and implementation of business improvement initiatives. 
  • Design the organisation structure of the portfolio – building and organising teams. 
  • Contribute to the development of business unit and sector plans and strategies 
  • Provide leadership to the project teams – empowering and inspiring others to successfully deliver. 
  • Act as a line manager for functional and operational resources. 
  • Ensure that the project leads understand their roles and responsibilities. 
  • Strategic resource requirements - assess current and future resource requirements, ensuring plans are devised and implemented to overcome gaps, and capacity issues. 
  • Lead the coordination and dissemination of communications within their portfolio. 
  • Lead and promote collaboration between projects in their portfolio and with other areas of the business. 
  • Drive high standards of project management across their portfolio. 
  • Ensure that projects are delivered safely, on time & in accordance with contract requirements and to the agreed budgets. 
  • Ensure that projects are effectively led and controlled. 
  • Ensure that project teams are accountable for the financial performance of the project. 
  • Contribute to the work winning process – proactively engaging with bid teams to support tender submissions. 
  • Lead client engagement and negotiations. 
  • Cultivate and manage collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Strategic client and supplier relationship management. 
  • Ensure effective and regular communication with internal stakeholders regarding project 
  • performance, business and portfolio risks and issues. 


Who are we looking for? 

  • HND/Degree qualification
  • Experience within High Voltage linear projects i.e., Overhead Lines / HV Cables. 
  • Leadership of project teams.
  • Expertise in the management of a portfolio of Civil Engineering projects.
  • Client and stakeholder management
  • Expertise in business change and improvement initiatives
  • Expertise in reviewing project performance
  • Good commercial and contractual awareness
  • Proficient in safety management and leadership.


What you’ll get in return

  • Dedicated and continued investment in your professional development.
  • 27 days holiday, plus bank holidays with the option to buy an additional 2 days holiday each year, holidays increase with length of service
  • Discretionary annual bonus and annual salary review
  • Above market rate contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance, health screening and enhanced sick pay
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay and a maternity returners bonus
  • Extra weeks holiday for all employees getting married and a wedding bonus
  • Subsidised canteen facilities in core locations
  • Other Murphy benefits include retail discounts and cashback, discounted gym memberships, cycle to work scheme etc

About Murphy

  • Charity is at the heart of Murphy values; you will receive 2 days leave per year to donate your time to a charity of your choosing. Many teams choose to support a charity together to positively impact our communities.
  • Access to Murphy Wellbeing: you will have access to a host of online tools, mental health trained colleagues, and if needs be external professional support because we understand that work and life offers challenges that sometimes need a little extra support.
  • Murphy is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture, making Murphy a great place to work where we can all thrive. You can get involved in numerous events and even join our committee dedicated to continuously nurturing Murphy’s inclusive culture.

Due to the requirements of the role, in addition to our standard identity and right to work checks, successful candidates will be asked to undertake a basic Disclosure and Barring Service check.

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer we are proud to have signed up to #BantheBoxUK and reduce barriers to employment for people with criminal records.

J Murphy & Sons Limited is unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK

If you think Murphy is the place to help you thrive in a great team dedicated to delivery and engineering excellence and want to work in an inclusive team culture that rewards performance and drives personal development, apply today. If you are unable to apply online, please contact Jack Roberts on 07514 313533 or Email: [email protected]


Murphy is a leading international, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company founded in 1951 that improves life by delivering world-class infrastructure. Operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, Murphy provides better engineered solutions to infrastructure sectors including transportation, water, power and natural resources. We also have a number of related businesses – Ground Engineering; Utility Connections; Murphy Plant; Murphy Process Engineering; Pipeline Testing Services; Specialist Welding Services; and Electrical Services.

Murphy is a specialist in delivering pipelines, design, structural steel, tunnelling, fabrication, bridges and piling, and has a substantial holding of plant, equipment and facilities. Murphy employs more than 4,000 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives around the world. Together, we work as ‘One Murphy’ by directly delivering the people, plant and expertise needed to make projects a success. There’s more to Murphy.  

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