Job advert: Project Manager (Energy Innovation)

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Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 1st April 2021 (extended)

  • Time: 0.8 – 1 FTE (Flexible)
  • Location: Central Manchester, UK
  • FTE: £28,000 – £34,000 (dependant on experience/qualifications)
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Duration: 12 months fixed term contract (with a 6 month probationary period and possibility of extension)
  • Status: Payroll/PAYE
  • How to apply: Send email with a CV and a 1-2 page covering letter describing your motivations and suitability for the role. Send these to

About Carbon Co-op

Carbon Co-op ( is an award-winning and fast-growing not-for-profit social enterprise based in Greater Manchester, UK. We pilot innovative low carbon projects and develop energy services for our householder members and the wider community. 

About the role

The role involves project management and/or support of some of our energy innovation projects portfolio currently consisting of a range of related grant funded innovation projects. These are described below:

  • REScoopVPP Carbon Co-op Project Manager (0.8 FTE): A 2 year Horizon 2020 innovation project in the area of smart homes and energy technology. The project involves the development and then demonstration of software/hardware products followed by their demonstration in a number of homes in Greater Manchester. The role involves project managing our activities on the project (there is an overall ‘project-level’ Project Manager based in the EU) acting as the organisation’s project representative and working with other staff to ensure the delivery of our commitments in the project over several work packages ranging from technical development to operational implementation.
  • GM LEM (0.2 FTE) An ICSF / InnovateUK project in the area of local energy markets (LEMs). This high profile project is developing a local energy system vision for the Greater Manchester city region into the 2030s. The role involves working as part of Carbon Co-op’s team to contribute to aspects of the programme of work, supporting other partners in the development of technical and business model prototypes, delivery of a consumer research and engagement programme, and contribution of this to work on energy policy innovation. 

You will also have the opportunity to identify and develop project/grant and commercialisation opportunities of your own with support from other staff.

This role will require considerable flexibility and will involve working with staff, partners, and stakeholders with a wide range of technical and commercial experience to ensure successful project delivery. The chosen candidate will demonstrate that they understand that project management is about building relationships and not just artefacts and reporting. 

The role could suit experienced individuals with a range of experience looking to take the next step into management. The requirements below should serve as a guide and we encourage applications even if you cannot meet all the requirements.

For the first 2 months you will shadow and be supported by staff currently involved in project management. For the first 6 months you will also report to a senior member of staff as part of your probation.

Flexible and remote working

We’re looking for someone who can work between 0.8 and 1 FTE. Carbon Co-op supports flexible working around core office hours. The role is based at our offices in central Manchester but there is scope for remote working (and initially will be optionally full remote until the pandemic has run its course).

Outline of the role

i) Skills and experience


  • 2 years experience as a project manager or someone with a substantive role in delivering non-trivial multi-year projects in a technical area or with technical aspects.
  • Demonstrated experience and competence in core PM competencies of financial, stakeholder, and risk management.
  • Fluent in office, productivity, resource planning, and information management tools and systems.


  • H2020/InnovateUK funding experience.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: the energy sector, energy flexibility, smart energy, energy management, and/or aggregation.
  • Bid/project development experience – building concepts, assembling project teams and building funding cases.
  • Experience of innovation projects in energy/housing.
  • A degree in a STEM or business discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of commercialisation.
  • Experience of managing project, health and safety, and compliance risk.


  • Operations and customer service experience 
  • Line management experience.
  • A recognised project management qualification (PRINCE2/APM/PMI etc.).
  • Product/service management experience.
  • A Masters degree in a STEM/business discipline.

ii) Person specification


  • An excellent written and verbal communicator. 
  • A team player: able to work effectively with others and be empathetic, compassionate, and understanding.
  • Ability to organise oneself and others to ensure timely delivery of activities and outputs.
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and a problem solver.
  • Very organised with the ability to quickly and effectively prioritise tasks.


  • An interest in energy and/or motivated by environmental and social justice concerns.


  • Interest or involvement in the co-operative movement.

Recruitment process

Two stages: we will produce a shortlist of applicants that we will invite to an online interview (likely be held in first week of April 2021) lasting approximately 60 minutes. A subsequent stage for shortlisted applicants will involve the preparation of a 15 minute presentation on a specified topic. 

We can provide feedback to those invited to interview but who were not successful on request (we do not have resources to provide feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted, sorry).


Most of the organisation is currently working remotely but some staff have returned to work in the office for parts of the week depending on role. Working on-site is currently optional and subject to ongoing changes in regulation and public health guidance.

Legal right to work

By the time you commence your employment you must have a legal right to work in the UK. We are currently not in a position to act as a sponsor.

Equal opportunities

We’re an equal opportunity employer and we have flexible working practices. We encourage applications from anyone with suitable skills, no matter their background or ability. If you are interested in this position and feel you have the skills required to contribute to the organisation, then please apply!

For more information

Contact: Jonathan Atkinson