NOW HIRING: Project Manager

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We’re looking for a new Project Manager to work within our Retrofit Team portfolio, developing and delivering innovative new projects that take a community and citizen-led approach to the clean energy transition and tackling climate change. 


  • Salary: Manager / Technical Band 1-2 £35,000-£38,500
  • Time: 0.8 – 1 FTE (flexible)
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Holiday: 30 days flexible (pro rata) + Christmas Shutdown
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Deadline: Interview from now until 15th March 2024 
  • Reporting to: Jonathan Atkinson, Retrofit Team Lead 
  • Starting: ASAP
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Send your CV plus a single page covering letter to
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to 15th March 2024.
Please draw from professional, volunteer and outside of work experience to set out how you meet the job description. 
Put ‘Project Manager’ in the email subject. For questions or queries please contact  or call 0161 820 1273. 
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You will be part of an interdisciplinary team with an array of dedicated and skilled colleagues, subject matter experts and other project managers. You don’t need previous experience within the low carbon, construction or retrofit sectors, just to demonstrate a commitment to our core values and previous work in a Project Management role. 

We expect Project Managers to oversee two to three projects at a time, of varying timescales and complexities. Working in the innovation space means there will always be a variety of fascinating new challenges and opportunities to tackle but you will be working within an organisation set up to develop and support just these kinds of projects. 

Typical projects you could be Project Managing include: the development of new energy and retrofit products and services, the creation of new climate policy approaches, the delivery of on the ground research and engagement and the oversight and delivery of new retrofit construction projects. The mix of projects you work on will be dictated by your experience and capacity and at all times you will work under the supervision of our portfolio manager, Retrofit Team Lead Jonathan Atkinson. 


Project Planning and Execution:

  • Development and implementation of comprehensive project plans, ensuring alignment with Carbon Co-op’s mission and goals.
  • Overseeing the execution of projects from initiation to completion, ensuring timely delivery and high-quality outcomes.
  • Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, stakeholders, and external partners to drive project success.

Budget and Resource Management

  • Managing project budgets, tracking expenditures, and ensuring cost-effectiveness.
  • Optimising resource allocation and utilisation to maximise project efficiency.

Risk Management

  • Identifying potential risks and developing mitigation strategies to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Monitoring and assessing project risks throughout the project lifecycle, making adjustments as necessary.

Reporting and Documentation

  • Preparing regular delivery, financial and resource progress reports, presenting project updates to stakeholders, partners, and the leadership team.
  • Maintaining accurate and comprehensive project documentation for future reference and audits, using in house project management reporting systems and processes. 

Stakeholder Management/Community Engagement:

  • Fostering strong relationships with community members, local authorities, and relevant stakeholders to ensure project buy-in and sustainability.
  • Working with subject matter experts to develop and implement community engagement strategies to involve residents in low-carbon initiatives, promoting awareness and participation.

i) Skills and experience


  • Minimum 2 years experience of Project Management, preferably in the field of low carbon, sustainability or community development.
  • A Project Management qualification.
  • Experience of project management tools and platforms. 
  • Experience of Excel (or equivalent: we run Google Sheets) to carry out budget management, profiling and projection.


  • Knowledge of carbon reduction strategies, energy efficiency and sustainable technologies.
  • Project Management of innovation projects eg Horizon, InnovateUK etc. 
  • Experience of partnership working and management.  
  • Demonstration of technical literacy and an understanding of general scientific or engineering concepts.

ii) About you


  • You will be highly organised and able to plan work strategically, juggling tasks, prioritising competing aims, timeframes and capacity.
  • A good problem solver with the ability to think laterally and creatively. 
  • Able to coordinate an interdisciplinary team or partnership to effectively deliver a project or task.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Able to communicate effectively with project partners and stakeholders. 
  • Good at making presentations, an excellent verbal and written communicator, enthusiastic and engaging
  • Good with numbers, able to create budgets, projections, and assess staffing and resources. 


  • Able to demonstrate conflict resolution experience, having difficult conversations


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 citizen-led and community-based approaches to tackling climate change.
  • Commitment to tackling Energy Justice and associated inequalities.
  • Commitment to co-operative values.
  • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our organisational culture

We are a 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 350+ ley members who annually elect a management board. We subscribe to international co-operative principles. Our work culture is open and collaborative and we employ practices such as user-centred design, service design and agile development. We welcome new team members!


This role could be office based, from our office in Ancoats, Manchester or hybrid and we offer a range of flexibility in work arrangements. Requests for fully remote working are not our preference but will be considered. 

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.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the first week of February and the process will conclude by 15th March.

We are dedicated to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.We are open to any suggestions or requests that you may have and are always looking for innovative ways to assess talent. If you have any questions, please email to