Project Manager

Position available – No agencies please

About us:

Glass Futures is a not-for-profit research and technology organisation, supported by multi-national brands and global companies in conducting collaborative innovative research in glass manufacturing, sustainability, and environmentally friendly projects, made possible by a significant private and public sector investment of over £50m+ over the coming years.

Our Centre of Excellence in St Helen’s will provide global support and expertise to organisations in their sustainability journey, demonstrate disruptive technologies and generate innovative ideas that will have an impact all the way through the glass supply chain to the consumer.

Our Vision:

A sustainable future, enabled by glass.

Core Values:

Innovation | Trustworthy | Expert | Sustainability | Challenge | Collaboration | Safety

About our Opportunity:

As our Project Manager, you will work on key R&D projects to deliver new technologies that play a vital part in helping to decarbonise the global glass manufacturing sector. This unique role will provide opportunities to work for leading global manufacturers and internationally recognised brands, on projects based at commercial glass plants and our St Helens Centre of Excellence when it opens later in 2023.

You will have an amazing opportunity to work alongside leading global experts across glass and digital technology sectors, supervised by a Senior Project Manager, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the wider Projects & Innovation team, Senior Management and support with embedding new Project Management tools and systems with Glass Futures.

Industry and project management experience is required for this role, and we’re keen to meet with people with experience delivering R&D projects in an industrial environment. The postholder will be involved with Funding Bids Development, therefore experience preparing successful R&D grant funding applications is extremely desirable.

It’s essential that you’re motivated by Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths and have the ability to provide practical support within an industrial environment. Glass or ceramics sector experience is advantageous for this role given the nature of the business and projects, however, we are open to hearing from exceptional alternative industry experienced candidates with demonstrable transferrable skills.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Management of multiple R&D projects
  • Develop and communicate  project objectives, reviewing project proposals and plans
  • Management of other partners, stakeholders and funding agencies
  • Identify and determine project responsibilities, phases and elements
  • Determine project specifications, considering performance standards and stakeholder requirements and expectations
  • Day to day project management, budget responsibility; control the plan, schedule and costs
  • Complex data analysis and report writing, including written, oral, actual and virtual communication and demonstration
  • Ability to recommend actions and determine outputs, summarising information and trends, specifically down selecting and developing high potential leads for collaborative projects Close liaison with the glass fraternity team in disseminating project specific findings, results and recommendations.

Person Specification:

We are looking for keen project managers who have delivered grant funded R&D projects in industry and have the following attributes:

  • Adept at preparing and managing budgets and resource plans
  • Proactive, with a drive to succeed and show with capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to identify, assess and propose problem solutions
  • Experience at influencing and negotiating and achieving commercial advantage
  • Excellent presentation skills with practical networking and relationship building experience
  • Strong communicator, written and verbal, with adaptability for peers, stakeholders and international communications
  • Sound attention to detail
  • Awareness, understanding and respect for Health & Safety, ideally with a supporting vocational qualification e.g. IOSH
  • Agile mindset with the ability to react quickly to changing priorities

Desirable Skills/Qualifications:

  • MSc/PhD in areas related to Materials Science (Glass / Ceramics), Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Process Control and other Energy Sciences is highly desirable
  • Glass manufacturing experience is very desirable
  • Confident preparing applications for R&D funding is desirable
  • Experience of independently leading fast paced projects
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office software and a range of project management tools, including Gannt Charts, Risk Management  and IP Management

£30-£35k depending on experience.

Working Hours:
Full time, Monday to Friday 37.5 hours – we work flexibly within our core hours of 8am-4pm to support essential work life balance. There will be occasions when shift work is expected during various times throughout the year when working on key projects/trials).

This is a hybrid-based role to start, and will primarily be based from our St Helens Centre of Excellence from 2024. The post also involves occasional travel (national and international).

25 days holiday plus bank holidays (FTE), pro rata may apply. Plus, additional service days.

Additional standard benefits include:

Pension, private healthcare, development support, bonus scheme and team away days.

Next Steps:
Please email your CV and covering letter to

At Glass Futures we are all about people, we care about the wellbeing of our people, and we value diversity and inclusion, seeking to create a supportive, dynamic environment where talented and dedicated people can develop their career.

Inclusion and diversity are paramount to us here at Glass Futures – we passionately believe that this culture nurtures stronger performances across the wider business. All of our applicants and employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of any protected characteristic/s. If you require assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during your application process with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us – we are committed to providing the best possible candidate experience and will always be happy to help.