NOW HIRING: Project Manager (Retrofit Innovation)

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We’re looking for a new Project Manager to work on an exciting new European project as part of our retrofit team. Read on if you think you could fit the bill.


  • Salary: £30,000–£34,000.00 PAYE/Payroll (depending on experience)
  • Time: 0.8 – 1 FTE (flexible)
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Holiday: 33 days flexible (pro rata) + 5 fixed
  • Contract: 2 years contract
  • Starting: ASAP
Apply now:
– Send your CV plus a single page covering letter to by 5pm, Friday 26th August 2022
– Put ‘Project Manager (Retrofit Innovation)’ in the email subject
– For questions or queries please contact or call 0161 820 1273
– Interviews will be conducted by video call

Please apply!

We’re an equal opportunity employer, value diversity and have flexible working practices. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented within our sector and our organisation – and we want to ensure we address this. We encourage applications from anyone with suitable skills, no matter their background or ability. If you don’t feel confident enough to apply, get in touch with us, we’d love to chat! 

About us

Carbon Co-op is an award-winning and fast-growing energy services and advocacy cooperative that helps people and communities to make the radical reductions in home carbon emissions necessary to avoid runaway climate change.

We’re led by our values: we’re trying to mitigate the worst effects of climate change in a socially just way.  The work we do makes a difference, both at the policy level and in terms of practical de-carbonisation of buildings and energy systems. We’re often working at the leading edge of the kind of work we do.

About the job

Carbon Co-op’s work focuses on the development of new projects and services that enable citizens and communities to collectively tackle climate change. We have a strong, interdisciplinary Retrofit Team involved in a number of projects ranging from the facilitation of peer learning and knowledge exchange between householders, the development of new heat pump services and the delivery of an area based scheme. The knowledge and skills sets required to manage and deliver these ranges from soft skills such as the facilitation of knowledge exchange to highly technical design and procurement. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic Project Manager, to assist in the delivery of EBENTO, a new three year EU collaborative project which looks at retrofit and specifically at Energy Performance Contracts. We’re tackling new and challenging issues so you will be comfortable taking on new skills, juggling different tasks and prioritising. You don’t need specific experience in all the areas of work but you do need to be a diligent project manager and any experience of retrofit would be of benefit. 

Though the work will take place in the UK, the project will involve some foreign travel, around four international partnerships meetings a year around Europe – an exciting opportunity to learn from the experience and technical expertise of other countries and organisations.

The below describes the desired Essential, Preferred, and Useful characteristics of applicants.

Person specification

i) Skills and experience


  • Minimum 2 years experience of project management or project coordination. 


  • A Project Management qualification.
  • Experience of operating within the retrofit construction sector.
  • Experience of partnership working and management.  
  • Up to date knowledge of energy policy, in particular with regards to energy efficiency and financing.
  • A higher education qualification or similar experience, demonstrating technical literacy and an understanding of general scientific or engineering concepts.


  • Qualification from the Centre for Alternative Technology graduate school and/or AECB. 
  • Experience of Community Finance and business modelling.
  • Knowledge of the basic concepts of Building Physics as they relate to domestic properties. 
  • Experience of overseeing or delivering European partnership projects.
  • Experience of a Service Design processes.

ii) About you


  • Able to plan work strategically, juggling tasks, prioritising competing aims, timeframes and capacity.
  • A good problem solver with the ability to think laterally. 
  • Able to coordinate an interdisciplinary team or partnership to effectively deliver a project or task.
  • Able to communicate effectively with project partners and stakeholders. 
  • Good at making presentations, an excellent verbal and written communicator, enthusiastic and engaging


  • Able to demonstrate a systems thinking approach.
  • Experience of a team based decision making.


We require staff to demonstrate, understand and apply our core organisational values. These are embedded in all our roles and applicants are expected to demonstrate these values as part of the application process:

  • Commitment to collective and community-based approaches to tackling climate change.
  • Commitment to Co-operative Values.
  • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Commitment to environmental justice and tackling inequalities.

Our organisational culture

We are a small (but growing), multi-disciplinary not-for-profit with a mission built around tackling climate change. Community benefit is hardwired into our organisation’s structure, we are ‘asset locked’ and owned by our 300+ ley members who annually elect a management board. We subscribe to international co-operative principles. Our work culture is open and collaborative, we practice self management principles and we employ practices such as user-centred design, service design and agile development. We welcome new team members!


This position requires you to be based in Manchester. Our office is located within the Bridge 5 Mill sustainability centre in Ancoats, close to Manchester Piccadilly. We offer flexible working and the number of days worked from the office is negotiable. 

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.

Next steps

Email us your CV plus a single page covering letter, setting out your reasons for applying and how you meet the essential requirements set out in the Person Specification. If you have any questions or are unsure whether you should apply please get in touch. 

After the closing date we will shortlist candidates and then carry out interviews by video call before making an appointment. 

Good luck!