Project Manager – Net Zero / Community Engagement


Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference? Do you have
experience in managing projects that help communities reduce their environmental impact and
achieve net zero?

We are looking for a motivated and dynamic candidate to join PECT and deliver our innovative
new project, Peterborough Accelerating Net Zero (PANZ).

Local low carbon solutions are essential to achieve net zero, and cities can lead the way for
that change. Many have plans to achieve Net Zero, but need the skills, resources, and funding
mechanisms to implement them.

PANZ aims to develop practical tools and approaches to enable cities to identify, coordinate
and facilitate the delivery of a range of low carbon measures at speed and to scale, starting
with Peterborough.

The project is being delivered in partnership with Peterborough City Council, Energy Systems
Catapult, Nordic Energy, EdenSevenCambridgeshire County Council and PECT.

About PECT:

For 30 years PECT has been developing and delivering projects which help to protect and enhance
the environment. Our vision is for sustainable places where the natural environment is healthy,
communities are involved in their area, health and well-being is improved for all and resource
use is responsible and does not compromise the needs of others, now and into the future.

PECT is committed to high staff satisfaction and offers a range of benefits including hybrid
and flexible working hours, competitive pay, 25 days annual leave and opportunities for career

100% of the team would recommend PECT as a great place to

Purpose of role:

As a Project Manager for Net Zero / Community Engagement, you will be responsible for ensuring
the successful delivery of the project outcomes and outputs in line with the funding
requirements. You will oversee the day-to-day operations of the project team and coordinate
their tasks and activities.

The role also requires engaging with different community and stakeholder groups to communicate
and support the project’s vision and goals. The role involves working collaboratively with the
project partners and representing the organisation in various workstreams and steering groups.

The role is responsible for managing the PECT aspects of the PANZ programme, including budgets,
subcontractors and procurement.

Employer: PECT

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane
Peterborough PE2 5UU. Hybrid working is currently in place with two days per week in the

Salary: £40,000 -£45,000 depending on experience.

Closing Date for applications: Sunday 25th February 2024

Interview Date: Week commencing 26th February 2024

Start Date: ASAP

Contract Term: This is a fixed-term contract that will expire on 31st October

Hours/Week: 37 hours per week (although part-time hours will be considered)

Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work may be
required, typically for events

Reports to: Project Director / CEO

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the project and ensure its alignment with the strategic
  • Coordinate with partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries to deliver high-quality outcomes
    and impact.
  • Provide line management and support to the project team and oversee the performance of
  • Plan and monitor the workstreams, budget, resources and programme of the project and report
    on progress and risks.
  • Facilitate and lead community engagement activities around community energy opportunities
    and promote their benefits.
  • Work with partners to devise and implement communication and engagement strategies that
    reach diverse audiences and increase participation.
  • Evaluate the outcomes and impact of the workstreams and share learning and best practices.
  • Lead on steering groups and other governance mechanisms and represent the project
  • Support the marketing and engagement of the project and its outputs through various
    channels and platforms.
  • Produce comprehensive and integrated documentation to ensure project monitoring, updating,
    and reporting is compliant.
  • Build, develop and maintain partnerships with a range of stakeholders from the private,
    public, and voluntary sector.
  • Maintain and continually improve knowledge of net zero and community engagement.
  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by line manager.

Person specification

We value diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and
experiences. You don’t have to meet all the criteria listed below to apply. If you have the
skills and passion for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Essential criteria:

  • Demonstrable experience in project management and community & stakeholder engagement
  • Experience in managing and leading a team
  • Passionate about sustainability and about providing a professional quality service
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, ability to build and
    maintain relationships with people at all levels
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure to meet
    targets and handle issues that arise
  • Ability to make decisions and act on own initiative; to self-motivate to ensure successful
    project outcomes.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing multiple tasks & activities at one time.
  • IT literate especially in Microsoft Office Software
  • Willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in an environmental, business or science related
  • Experience in researching best practices and successful examples from similar projects
  • Project management qualification such as PRINCE2
  • Knowledge of net zero, community engagement or community energy
  • Be committed to continuous professional development.
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of environmental and sustainable issues

Variation Clause:

This is a description of the job, as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of
the Trust periodically to examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to
the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes. The appropriate Manager in
consultation with the post holder will conduct this procedure.

In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if
agreement is not possible, management reserves the right to make changes to your job
description following consultation.

This Job Description was compiled by Stuart Dawks 25/1/2024.


To apply: 

Please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected].
We prefer to receive applications electronically; however, we understand not everyone has
access to the internet, therefore you can also post your application to the address below.

You may be contacted for a brief telephone interview before the formal interviews. If
shortlisted for interview you will be required to prepare a presentation or complete a brief
task, relevant to the role, as part of the interview.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks, [email protected]

Right to work in the UK

PECT is not a home office-sponsored organisation and is not able to offer employment unless
the applicant already has the right to work in the UK via a passport or a visa that they have
already obtained. We are not able to sponsor individuals.

Please indicate in your CV or covering letter that you have the right to work in the
 as without this we are unable to consider you for shortlisting for interview.

Postal address: PECT, Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

For some activities, such as working directly with children on a regular basis, a DBS check may
be required.

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