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Bid winners trigger manager s job bonanza

PREFERRED BIDDERS will recruit hundreds of managers this year after winning London Underground (LUL) upgrades, NCE learned this week.

'We will have to recruit new project managers, ' said Tubelines chief executive Iain Coucher, 'as LUL will be doing three times more capital works than previously.'

He added that three hundred project managers would be needed after contract close in the autumn.

This will be on top of the two thousand LUL employees Tubelines gains when it takes over the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly line Infraco soon afterwards.

This week Tubelines was recruiting the final members of its seven strong management board team, including Coucher as chief executive. The team will include directors for safety, planning, finance, projects and operations.

Peter Henderson from Bechtel has already landed the role of director of projects, and a Jarvis or Amey employee stands to fill the director for operations position.

Remaining board members will be independent from the shareholders.

Metronet's supply chain is already preparing to recruit new staff and expects to take on a steady stream over the next few months.

Chief executive Rod Hoare said, 'We don't want any dramatic early changes as the safety case must be carefully considered.'

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