Prima Uno

Winter Newsletter

We hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and well.

It has been a strange year for people and businesses alike. One we will never forget.

Since our summer newsletter Prima Uno has continued to have a successful year gaining new clients and staff. November saw us break records in taking on five new people which is more than we’ve taken on in a year! We took on two people in April which is a total of seven for the year.

These people consist of project controls, lead cost engineers, specialists, programme management & a risk manager.

Our long term contractor Jon Mullin has joined us as a permanent member of staff. It is wonderful that Jon, who is exceptional at his job combined with a great personality and strong values, can see a long future with us.

Jon Mullin

“Having recently completed a contract I was looking for a new career challenge and Prima Uno were the perfect fit.  Previously contracting with them it was clear that they were an ambitious company with a great team in place, a strong order book and a real potential for growth.  This coupled with the culture in place made it an easy decision.

I am excited to be joining Prima Uno at this time of growth and look forward to helping build on our strong reputation and adding real value to our Clients”.

We have recently started working with Direct Rail Services (DRS), Nuclear Decommissioning (NDA) and the Radioactive Waste Management  (RWM) team and forging long term relationships for work outside Cumbria including Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) delivering Project Management Capability (PMC), Risk, Integrated Assurance, Project Controls and Subject Matter Expert related services.

Our new long-term frameworks at LLWR and INS have started gaining momentum and we are continuing to work with our long standing clients.

We have all adapted well to a new way of remote working and it will be interesting to see what the future brings.

We are pleased to see our former colleague Angie Dean successfully running her own company called The ISO Specialists. With her vast experience and knowledge Angie has been supporting Cumbrian businesses in establishing, managing and, being a qualified Lead Auditor, also auditing their quality management systems.  Angie assisted Prima Uno with a successful re-certification to ISO 9001:2015 and we continue our fruitful co-operation wishing her all the best in 2021. You can find more details about The ISO Specialists on their website – www.theisospecialists.com

It has been a sad time in closing the doors of our lovely Cleator Moor office which has stood empty since a week before lockdown in March 2020. I made a decision not to re-mobilise due to the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 which we found ourselves in. On a bright side, we are very excited about our new office with views that will look onto the Irish Sea on the left and onto the fells from the front & right. We’ve had many happy years at Cleator Moor but we saw a property which could be ours in March so took the plunge.

What does the future look like for Prima Uno?

We are currently working on two major long term framework bids which would create more jobs for the local area. We hope to re-start the plan to employ some graduates and new apprentices next year which was cut short with the pandemic. Prima Uno has a long order book spanning until 2024 and during this time we aim to grow our own project control, project and programme management professionals.

I wish you the very best for Christmas and 2021. I hope you can take a rest and enjoy some precious family time.

Take care & stay safe

Sarah

Sarah Purdham

Autumn Newsletter – Prima Uno new Head Office!

Prima Uno is to move from the Head Office at Cleator Moor to a new base at Gosforth.  We are sad to leave our office at Phoenix Court, Cleator Moor where we have been residents for six happy years. We found new premises in March but due to the lockdown we have only recently given our notice to Phoenix Enterprise Group that we are moving.  You will agree the view from our new office is spectacular!

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Picture: One of the views from Prima Uno’s new Head Office which will be based at Gosforth, Cumbria

The spring of 2020 is one we will not forget for many reasons, the main reason being the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020 we were celebrating three major framework wins at Prima Uno then we were immediately into a global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. I decided to close the office on Friday 20th March, prior to the official government lockdown and it is an experience I will not forget. Another resident of our building was also closing his office, it was surreal and we both were overwhelmed by the developing situation. I do not think any of us had an idea of what was in store for us in the future. Fast forward six months and we have all experienced and adapted to a new way of life. These last two weeks a lot of us have children going back to school for the first time since lockdown and some of us are back working in our offices.

In March Prima Uno celebrated securing the following contracts:

  • Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) Project Controls Framework spanning four and a half years.
  • International Nuclear Services (INS) Project Delivery Framework (project controls, project management, programme management and risk management) spanning two years plus two years.
  • Sellafield Limited Calder Landscape Clearance Framework with IDS.  Prima Uno are part of the IDS Joint Venture which is on the DDP Framework at Sellafield.

Prima Uno during Covid-19 – continuity of business as usual, working remotely.  We have been successful working during the pandemic and employed two new people in April. 2020 is proving to be our most successful year to date. We are looking at employing some more staff in the autumn 2020 to work on long term contracts.

We have had a busy summertime successfully recertifying for ISO 9001:2015 and Cyber Essentials Plus. ISO:9001:2015 recertification involved a lot of extra work as our policies needed amendements due to COVID-19 but Bogusia Gruszka, Lydia Drummond and Angie Dean did a sterling job in producing all the new documents for the certification. 

We have forged new business relationships this year such as the GHD relationship where we have been undertaking Assurance work on Transport for London projects. Working with GHD has been seamless. They have the same strong values as Prima Uno and we are excited to see how that relationship grows.

Lydia Drummond successfully completed her Business Admin apprenticeship and has been promoted to Payroll Assistant. She has also embarked on a new Data Analysis course which will complement her role in Finance, but all complement any schedule, cost and risk analysis we undertake in our Forensic Laboratory.

We are waiting to hear if we have been successful on other long-term frameworks we have tendered for and are forging new partnerships with many new companies. Collaboration is key to business relationships.

I wish you a safe autumn.

Sarah Purdham

Managing Director.

Covid-19 company statement

At Prima Uno the health, safety and wellbeing of our personnel is paramount for us.

We also recognise that there are still deadlines to be met and we are doing our best to support our Clients during pandemic. The office is closed but we continue with business as usual and our staff have been working from home having full access to our systems and supporting ongoing projects remotely.

Face to face meetings have been replaced by virtual meetings and we are committed to supporting our Clients by providing a continuous and high-level of service with the minimal disruption possible.

We follow Government advice doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation and will implement any necessary changes based on the advice provided by the government.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Stay safe.

Prima Uno

Prima Uno win LLWR four and a half year £4 million framework

More wonderful news for Prima Uno!

We have secured a contract to provide Project Controls support across a range of Projects and Programmes to Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR Ltd).

We have been working on the LLWR Portfolio for five years and were the incumbents for the previous Project Controls contract. This is the first of the Frameworks issued by LLW Repository to provide Project Controls (Planning / Estimating / Cost Engineering & Risk Management) under the new Business and Technical Services (BATS). LLWR has established the Business & Technical Services (BATS) Marketplace, on behalf of the NDA group, to deliver professional services across 13 business categories. BATS replace the Business Services Marketplace. LLWR has used the Dynamic Purchasing System procedure to deliver this opportunity, which offers a simple and efficient procurement route for both buyers and suppliers.

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Sarah Purdham Managing Director of Prima Uno: “Winning this framework means so much to me and the people of Prima Uno. We can continue our relationship with LLWR on a journey to deliver its long term goal and mission.  We want to improve our current service and continue to deliver an exceptional service.  We have been given another chance to make a difference. We have an extraordinary relationship with LLWR and have always been a fully integrated team. Our demonstrable experience helping blue chip clients achieve sector leading performance puts us in a wonderful position to deliver value to LLWR”.

“Through our programme delivery and performance improvement approaches we support clients to achieve increased levels of efficiency, cost savings, assurance and predictability to contribute to our client’s goals and targets”.

LLWR PU team photo 2Photograph: LLWR Prima Uno and LLWR Head of Project Controls Georgina Wilson [from the left: Andy Garnett (Framework Manager), Claire Skimming, Jack Mitchell, Georgina Wilson (LLWR Head of Project Controls), Jon Mullin, Allen Winter-Moore, Mike Wilson]

Andy Garnett, Framework Manager at Prima Uno: “Winning this framework allows us to continue providing an exceptional project controls service to LLWR, building further on our already successful relationship.

LLWR continue to excel in delivery of their strategic goals, both internally and across the NDA Estate and we are very proud to part of this.

The cornerstone of our ability to deliver high quality consultancy services is the quality of our people. Every member of the company is committed to demonstrating personal and professional integrity in everything we do, which is reflected in this success. The team has worked tirelessly to achieve this goal and, as always, gone above and beyond with their support”.

Georgina Wilson, Head of Project Controls at LLWR said: “I am delighted that we are able to continue our successful collaboration with Prima Uno and maintain the provision of an exceptional project controls service across the LLWR organisation”.

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Photograph: LLWR Head of Project Controls Georgina Wilson, Prima Uno’s Helen Carty and Rachel Starkey

Lead planning & planning roles

Lead planning & planning roles in Basingstoke / Reading area

Candidates must have BPSS (SC desirable)

Willingness to travel is required

Lead Planner – Requirements:

  • Ability to utilise P6 software to build schedules, establishing work breakdown structures/cost breakdown structure, activity structures, cost and resource load schedules.
  • Take a lead role within the PMO Office to give advice, best practise guidance to team members/exec team, coaching and mentoring on structuring schedules, applying costs at appropriate levels and general planning advice.
  • To maintain a planning overview for the full programme and report to key stakeholders/exec members on progress/issues and recovery options.
  • To implement and run baseline change control processes
  • To act as the super-user for the P6 system – including administration, EPS Setup and other P6 general maintenance.
  • To develop and update an integrated schedule to inform key stakeholders of project health and report on movement in key contract milestones.
  • To develop ad hoc reports to inform resourcing decisions / Earned value management and others as requested by PMO.
  • To complete monthly performance reports with EVM stats and performance progress and provide explanations to the exec team.
  • Have high earned value management skills and knowledge.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of NEC forms of contract and from a planning perspective how to implement PMIS/CENS into baseline schedules and be able to give advice to the planning team on implementation of the above.
  • To assist in project assurance reviews and be the Subject Matter Expert for planning within the PMO team.
  • Candidate to have excellent communication/ interpersonal skills – have the ability to liaise with different internal/external stakeholders from client to exec level within the business.
  • Candidate to have at least 5yrs + experience in planning ideally lead planning experience for 2ys+.

 

Planner – Requirements

  • Ability to work as part of a project team, working alongside and supporting the PM providing daily/weekly/monthly planning information as requested.
  • Ability to utilise P6 software to build schedules, establishing work breakdown structures/cost breakdown structure, activity structures, cost and resource loading schedules.
  • To provide weekly/fortnightly/six weekly lookaheads to inform project knowledge and progress on the job.
  • To have an understanding of differing methodologies in capturing progress from a planning perspective advise the project team appropriately and collect progress to inform weekly/monthly schedule updates and reporting.
  • To produce schedules for change control and have an understanding of baseline change control processes.
  • To develop earned value management /resource / ad hoc reports to inform project reports, resourcing decisions and others as requested by PMO or project team.
  • To complete monthly performance reports with EVM stats and performance progress and provide explanations to the exec team.
  • Have high earned value management skills and knowledge.
  • To complete planning documentation for project assurance reviews.
  • Candidate to have excellent communication/ interpersonal skills – have the ability to liaise with different internal/external stakeholders from client to exec level within the business.
  • Candidate must have good team working skills and the ability to perform in a team environment.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of NEC 4 from a planning perspective how to implement PMIS/CENS into baseline schedules.
  • Candidate to have at least 5yrs + experience in planning ideally working in the nuclear/rail industry.

 

Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Sub-Project Managers & Project Engineers

Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Sub-Project Managers and Project Engineers required for long term roles in our team supporting projects in Cumbria and Risley.

Must have BPSS as a minimum (SC desirable). Must have APM / PRINCE2 & MSP or equivalent and Professional Project Management Qualifications.

Project Manager – Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and management skills.
  • Experience ideally in nuclear transportation projects, essential to have experience in the nuclear industry or other highly regulated industry.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering/Scientific (preferable) discipline field with a minimum of 5 years demonstrated successful experience in overall project management.
  • Relevant experience in an Project Management position, with a track-record of successfully delivering project outcomes on-time, within Specification and within budget.
  • Experience in managing changes in project Specification, schedule and costs.
  • Knowledge of construction or engineering contract management.
  • Experience of successfully managing complex project solutions.
  • Experience in managing the relationship with the client, all stakeholders and third parties.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining project documentation following procedures.
  • Can-do attitude and a strong focus on detail and delivery.
  • A strong track record of project management methodologies.
  • Experience in developing a detailed project plan with the Project Controls team to track progress.
  • Experience in developing Codes of Accounts, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Performance based (earned value) reporting including Cost and Schedule Variance (CV & SV) analysis and cost forecasting.
  • Performing risk management to minimise project risks and escalate as necessary.
  • Engineering, Procurement & Construction methods, tools and work processes; Contracts Methods and Processes;
  • Knowledge of the NEC contracts.

 

Senior Project Manager – Requirements:

  • Prepare all project management paperwork in line with processes. Produce an integrated programme plan
  • Lead the project board meeting through to delivery
  • Manage the programme for 5-6 different activities to ensure delivery on time and to budget
  • Individually project manage some of the projects within the programme, others will be directly managed by the teams
  • Preparation and set up of data room
  • Collect all business document and information to ensure level playing field for suppliers
  • Manage other projects internally –bunkering/agency
  • Programme internal process/operational changes
  • Process Time line Monitoring
  • Manage Issues Log
  • Manage Risk Log
  • Manage Actions Log
  • Manage Meeting Requests, Invites and Updates
  • Chase Information from relevant parties
  • Organise Events
  • Keep All Tender Team members up to date on any changes
  • Report on Progress
  • Control Document Storage and locations
  • Keep everything in logical format.

Prima Uno win International Nuclear Services four-year framework

Prima Uno win International Nuclear Services four-year framework

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Prima Uno the specialist project controls, risk management, programme and project management consultancy has won a £2 million four-year framework for the Provision of Project Delivery for International Nuclear Services (INS). This is the first further Competition to be awarded by INS.

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Photograph: Sarah Purdham Managing Director and Rachel Starkey Director

The framework will entail providing Programme Management, Project Management, Risk Management and Project Controls specialist services at INS offices in Warrington and Cumbria.  The Framework will be managed by Sarah Purdham and Rachel Starkey.

Sarah Purdham, Managing Director of Prima Uno, said “Winning this framework means so much to me and all of our staff. We can continue our successful relationship with INS on a journey to deliver its long-term goal and mission. Winning this contract will assist in Prima Uno evolving from a Project Controls consultancy into our goal of increasing our service offering in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management. We worked tirelessly in tendering for this opportunity. Winning this framework was a huge target for us as we wanted to make a difference to INS. Our demonstrable experience helping blue chip clients achieve leading performance puts us in a wonderful position to deliver value to INS. Winning this contract will mean we will be increasing our team in Cumbria and Warrington. We have had a recruitment drive these last few months and will employing Programme Managers, Project Managers, Risk Managers, Project Controls (estimators, planners and cost engineers) and subject matter experts in programme governance and assurance. We are also looking forward to employing some graduates and apprentices”.

“This success is down to the exceptional service we provide and the quality of the people that work for us. The whole ethos of Prima Uno is providing a quality service and offering something different. Our behaviours and values are very important at Prima Uno and all our staff embrace them. You are only as good as the people you employ, and Prima Uno employ some very talented people”.

Angie Dean to Leave Prima Uno and join the WOW Centre

Angie Dean to Leave Prima Uno and join the WOW Centre

We are sad but also happy to announce that Angie Dean our Office Manager and Head of Quality will be leaving Prima Uno in September.

Sarah Purdham Managing Director “Angie will be leaving Prima Uno to be the Centre Development Manager of the WOW Centre – Women Out West, at Haig Enterprise Park, Kells.

“I have been happy at Prima Uno”  Angie said “and have learned such a lot in my time here, however the opportunity to develop the WOW Centre and support the women of Copeland and Allerdale in achieving their full potential is too much of an opportunity to miss.”

Rachel Holliday said  “Women Out West is a brand new Social Enterprise to help women in West Cumbria. I was so impressed with Angie’s passion and enthusiasm for the project and I’m so thrilled she is joining our team! I am so thankful to Prima Uno for supporting Time to Change (West Cumbria) over the years, I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength as it is lead by one of the most courageous inspiring women I know. I look forward to us working together to help those most in need.

 

We are sad to lose Angie however we think this job was made for her.  Angie came to me three weeks ago saying she could not get the advertisement out her mind and that she wasn’t sure whether to apply or not.  Who was I to stand in her way as I knew what a difference Angie could make to the lives of the women of Copeland and Allerdale.  We are sad to lose Angie, but she has made a difference to Prima Uno in her time with us and I know we will remain in touch. We look forward to seeing the Centre develop and will look forward to taking part in some of the activities she has planned – and of course the cake too!  We will try and support the WOW centre in any way possible.  As a result of this Prima Uno is now looking for a new Office Manager and are reviewing CV’s at this moment in time.  If you think you have what it takes to be our Office Manager please look at the tasks below and get in touch with a letter stating why you would like the job, your salary and include your CV.  Applications can be via email or post.

https://primauno.co.uk/blog/office-manager-lead-administrator/

Summer Newsletter       

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Hello,

I hope you have had a good 2019 so far.

2019 has been a busy one for Prima Uno with targeting new markets outside of Cumbria and working on some large tenders to enable our growth.  The target has been to grow in new sectors, and  we have been non-stop working on multi-sector tenders since January which has been very intense.

We have had new employees join us and engaged with new clients such as NNL, INS and the NDA.

The start of the Summer saw us being successful in securing a place on the Decommissioning Framework at Dounreay with our long-term clients AECOM, NIS, NSG and MW Hargreaves and forging new relationships on this framework with ARC, Westinghouse, Squibb, and Morson Projects.

We have also entered into new contracts with new clients such as NNL (National Nuclear Laboratory), International Nuclear Services (INS) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) (under the INS contract) and we have been continuing our long-term relationships with our clients.

We have recently secured a high-profile and exciting contract at BAE with a new client, the details of this will be revealed in a new press release in September.

We are delighted to be taking on one of our apprentices Lydia Drummond who has become a key member of our team.  Her willingness to apply herself to every aspect of our work here at Prima Uno led us to put her forward for Apprentice of the Year 2019.  Even though she wasn’t shortlisted she is still our champion!

We have also have Chloe Blinco with us for 6 months as part of the NDA Apprenticeship scheme.  She has been with us since March and had become a valued member of our team and we will be sorry to see her go but wish her well in her chosen career as Health and Safety Advisor at Kinetic Energy Ltd.

Autumn will see us looking for new staff in areas such as Business Development,  Office Manager, Bid Manager, Lab Technician, Proof-readers and Dashboard experts.  Please click on the link for the Office Manager position we currently have available.

Office Manager / Lead Administrator

It has been a pleasure working with the team at Carlisle Airport.  Stobart’s have been great to work with.  As with all our clients we have a wonderful relationship which is based on trust and professionalism.

We are preparing for big changes next year with the new IR35 regulations coming into force.  We will be holding a workshop for all of our limited company owner associates which will be open to other people potentially affected by IR35.

Anyone interested in joining our award winning team please get in touch.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer and I will hopefully see you soon.

We have a big announcement to make in a couple of weeks so please watch this space.

Best wishes

Sarah

Sarah Purdham

Managing Director

Office Manager / Lead Administrator

We are looking for an experienced administrator, Office Manager / PA to work for this based in Cleator Moor, Cumbria. You will be supporting the smooth running of the office. We want someone who is professional, caring, proactive and someone who wants to make a difference.  This will be a long-term permanent role.

Office Manager Experience

As the Office Manager you will be customer focused and well organised. It is essential that you have excellent communication skills and previous administration or office management experience. A willingness to learn and a passion for providing dedicated support to the team will be the key to success in this position.

Attributes also include:

  • Previous experience as an office manager is essential
  • Experience of dealing with contractors, suppliers and clients
  • Ability to multitask and to stay organised
  • Experience of working with awarding bodies to ensure legal requirements are adhered to
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure

 

Key roles and Responsibilities

 

 

  • Working in line with Prima Uno’s Standards and Expectations Booklet
  • Managing communication with external stakeholders
  • Complex diary management
  • Managing attendance and admissions
  • Drafting and implementing the practice’s policies and procedures as required and ensure compliance with various legal bodies
  • Responsible for compliance and ensuring the practise adheres to all legislation
  • Assisting with the retention of staff and setting up and conducting interviews, requesting references and carrying our pre-employment checks
  • Dealing with HR duties and ensuring holiday allowances are recorded and calculated accurately, creating personnel files for new staff, Organising / developing new staff contracts, inductions and passes, Staff appraisals and development of personal improvement plans , Organising interviews and meetings
  • Ensuring reception is always covered  and organising cover when required
  • Administering the annual appraisals process
  • General marketing duties including dealing with social media accounts and PR
  • Facilities management such as dealing with insurance, repairs and maintenance, managing IT Support
  • Procurement duties as required to ensure best value for services ranging from IT, Telephone Suppliers
  • Attending conferences and BECBC events with Sarah or in Sarah’s absence
  • Supporting all staff in Phoenix Court office
  • Manage Phoenix Court staff annual leave
  • Manage Prima Uno Calendar – all team
  • Manage info@primauno.co.uk emails
  • Look after Sarah’s in-box when required
  • General office management
  • Chair weekly staff meetings in Sarah’s absence
  • Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 – maintain and conduct internal audits.  Desirable knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 but not essential as we have a QA person
  • Quality Management System ISO 44001 – Implement, maintain and conduct internal audits – Sarah Purdham will manage these, and training awareness will be given although this will not be a responsibility
  • Attend networking events to help promote Prima Uno
  • Assist in marketing campaigns with social media portals etc
  • Assist with Tender Portal management – log on and routinely search for new opportunities
  • Attendance at client meetings occasionally
  • Maintenance of SQEP records
  • Assist in the preparation of tenders
  • New Starter welcome pack
  • P4 Applications
  • Line manager for direct supports

 

The salary will be depending on experience – 30 – 37.5 hours a week.  Monday – Thursday 8.00 – 4.30am, Friday 8.00 – 13.00hrs

 

Reporting to

  • Sarah Purdham – Managing Director