Project Manager - Plastics Initiative

Project Manager: Plastics Initiative

Full Time, UK based. 

Three years fixed term contract.

We are seeking an experienced and accomplished project manager to shape and manage a wide range of different and often highly complex projects that will differ in size, timelines, team setup and type of activities and deliverables (from thought leadership reports, to policy statements, to pilots with businesses, etc).

Working on a project-by-project basis, you will own the responsibility to proactively drive the process for developing specific deliverables, supporting and coaching all team members working on the project, and engaging a variety of stakeholders, both externally (businesses, policymakers, NGOs and others) and internally with other parts of the plastics team (Global Commitment, Network, Policy) or with other Foundation teams such as communications, design and editorial. 

Specific role responsibilities include:

  • Skilled project management: working in an agile/adaptable environment to drive the whole process for shaping, planning and overseeing projects to ensure they achieve targeted objectives in a timely fashion. This includes managing small project teams.

  • Shaping the strategic direction of projects with support of Programme Managers and in line with development of the broader Plastics Initiative strategy.

  • Effective line management: taking responsibility to coach and support direct reports in their personal and professional development and being accountable for indirect reports as needed.

  • Facilitating pre-competitive, multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops. Designing and planning the agenda and content of multi-stakeholder meetings, and effectively navigating group conversations to productive outcomes.

  • Capacity building & knowledge transfer. Actively contributing to developing the Foundation’s and Plastic team’s expertise, with a focus on implementing solutions for a circular economy for plastics. Packaging knowledge and insights into reports, case studies, and other assets and tools.

  • Representing the Foundation and the Plastics initiative externally. Being a representative of the Foundation in meetings and on stage or online at events.

Your profile

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Project Manager or equivalent demonstrated experience. Experience of line management is essential.

  • An academic degree in a relevant field such as business, economics, science or political science.

  • Demonstrated ability managing multiple, complex projects to deliver successful outcomes and meet time-critical milestones, including project planning and effective prioritisation to deliver on an outcome basis. 

  • Evidence of recent experience working with and engaging a diverse set of stakeholders. The ability to interact effectively with individuals at various management levels across a variety of organisations (industry, NGO, policymakers) and geographies.

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to extract key insights from data and research and present these in an attractive and engaging way. Evidence of having written engaging documents in English.

  • Strong organisational skills: the ability to manage multiple projects in parallel, establish priorities and effectively collaborate with different internal functions and departments.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to work across teams in different locations with both in-person and remote aspects. The ability to interact effectively at all levels of an organisation, contributing proactively to problem solving in meetings and workshops. 

  • Relevant experience in plastics and/or the circular economy is a definite plus.

  • A Project Management qualification is useful but not essential.

  • An entrepreneurial approach and being comfortable with change management.

Desired starting date: ASAP

Closing date: 20th February 2023

Salary range: £44,000 - £50,000 per annum depending upon experience.

Benefits package: generous holiday allowance (25 days plus UK bank holidays and discretionary extra days leave) generous parental leave; enhanced pension options/private health scheme after 6 months; wellbeing programme.

Location: UK based with regular attendance at our office in Cowes, Isle of Wight (subject to individual circumstances). Some international travel may be required.

Relocation support: We offer support with relocation from overseas, such as: helping to source accommodation, travel expenses to the UK (dependent on circumstances and eligibility). Many colleagues will have faced the same challenges as you (including relocating pets!) and we will be happy to assist you in this transition. 

What we do

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. We work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

Our vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive.

Our commitment to you

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and providing a working environment free from discrimination. Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.