Job opportunity: Project Manager for WM-Air – The West Midlands Air Quality Project

An enthusiastic and self-motivated Project Manager is sought to join a new air pollution research project, WM-Air (the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme) running out of SWM member organisation the University of Birmingham.

WM-Air is a five-year project to apply environmental science research expertise to improve air quality in the West Midlands, delivering health, economic and environmental benefits. This high-profile project is led by the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with over 20 local partners providing direct and in-kind input, supported by a £5m funding award from the Natural Environment Research Council.

For more information about the WM-Air project, see www.birmingham.ac.uk/wm-air.

The Project Manager, based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, will report to the WM-Air PI (Professor William Bloss) and support other project staff, providing organisational support and management for overall project delivery and day-to-day activities, including progress monitoring, reporting, budgetary oversight, and the successful delivery of project outputs. The role will include co-ordinating the efforts of ca. 12 staff based within the University and across partner organisations, including the West Midlands Combined Authority, local authorities, consultancies and industry bodies, and supervising work of the project administrative support officer. The role will also include representation of the project, developing and maintaining relationships with external partners.

Person Specification

  • An enthusiastic and committed approach to application of environmental science research to real-world challenges to deliver impact
  • Knowledge or experience of air pollution-related environmental policy
  • Educated to degree or postgraduate level
  • Strong communication skills, suitable for credible interactions with external partners, stakeholders and internal team members
  • Project management experience in research oriented environment, particularly having evidence of successful delivery of projects
  • Experience of managing financial budgets along with experience of budget planning and forecasting
  • Ability to work autonomously and under own initiative, in line with project aims, and to interpret complex guidelines, rules and regulations
  • Experience of working to reporting structures and producing audit trails
  • Experience of running projects with significant numbers of staff and motivating staff across a wide range of disciplines to deliver to deadlines
  • Proven ability to meet targets, milestones and contracted outputs and work to deadlines
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate complex information and present these in a credible fashion
  • Competent IT user- Microsoft packages, email, internet, and project management tools

Applications close on 25 July.