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Project Manager

Cockpit Arts
London (Central), London (Greater)
£50,000 to £60,000 dependent on experience
Closing date
28 Sep 2021

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Job position
Manager, Qualified / Chartered
Job Function
Project Manager
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Contract:          Fixed-term contract September 2021 to end of April 2023

Salary:               £50,000-£60,000 dependent on experience  

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Location:           Remote working initially, then from our central London studios

Reports to:        Head of Operations

Works with:     CEO, appointed professional team, and the full Cockpit team

Apply by :       midnight Tuesday 15th September

Interviews:         Week of 20th September by Zoom


Cockpit Arts is London’s leading centre for contemporary craft.   We empower makers to succeed creatively and commercially.

Established in 1986, we’re the UK’s largest, most diverse cluster of makers and the country’s only craft business incubator, recognised on the NatWest SE100 index of top-performing social enterprises.

Home to 150 makers, practicing in over 20 different disciplines – from ceramics to fine jewellery, handweaving to bespoke tailoring – we equip talented people with the tools to succeed: specialist studio space and equipment, in-house coaching, and public showcases.

Creativity, innovation, and business success are fuelled by diversity. At Cockpit we foster an inclusive, ambitious culture where all aspects of diversity are seen as fundamental to achievement. Recognising that talent is everywhere but opportunity is not, over three decades our mission has been to break down and overcome the barriers standing in the way of creative success. 

Each year we support 30 emerging practitioners with awards and bursaries, providing free studio space for 12 months, professional development and training, and introductions to buyers and curators.  These highly sought-after places provide a grounding for artistic success. Many of the artists and makers based at Cockpit enjoy a global reputation as leaders in their field.

The Deptford Vision

With this being the largest single capital project that Cockpit Arts has ever had the privilege to undertake, our aspirations are to transform Deptford to optimise the existing space, create new facilities & studios as well delivering a contemporary and inviting space for the community.

The project is a full refurbishment of an existing 2,300 sqm space compromising of makers studios, workshops, education & community spaces, office, communal areas & a new café. The proposed scheme will see an extension into the front yard for a large education space, creating more space for studios at ground level. The presence of a new education structure at the front would play an important role to make visible the new public accessibility of the building. At Level 01, the existing space is to be converted into additional studios.


This fixed-term role will lead the delivery of our ambitious Deptford site redevelopments. Specifically, the Project Manager will:

  • Lead and project manage all aspects of the project including but not limited to design, planning, construction & delivery
  • Manage all external partners & the professional team (architects, engineers, surveyors, planning consultants, funders etc) to ensure they deliver effectively to meet the ambitions of Cockpit for the development of Deptford, in line with and according to the agreed programme and budget
  • Manage & mitigate all risks throughout the project lifecycle
  • Provide clear and timely reporting to the Head of Operations, Financial Controller & CEO to ensure successful delivery of the project


Project Management



  • As Project Manager you will show initiative and ambition to manage your own projects with support from the senior leadership team
  • Lead on all areas of project delivery and management including scoping, planning, budgets, managing suppliers and partnerships, producing reports and risk management
  • Produce and manage the delivery plan, defining timelines and dependencies, to ensure high-quality, on time delivery of all objectives and outputs
  • Responsibility for all project financial management - manage budgets, ensuring value for money and that the project is delivered within budget
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders across the programme, positively engaging with the projects funders to influence and act as the key liaison between Cockpit Arts and funders to ensure the project meets all agreed deliverables & outcomes
  • Source, contract and manage project delivery partners (where applicable), such as engineers and contractors
  • Manage the design team, consultants, contractors & work closely with the Head of Operations to ensure buildability and value engineering opportunities are seized
  • Responsible for managing all design and build risks & impacts. You will be expected to identify project risks and put forward solutions
  • Responsible for reporting on progress and ensuring any issues or amendments are carried out to a high standard and within budget
  • Responsible for organising all project meetings, monitoring, & reporting to Cockpit’s Board of Trustees, funders, and project board
  • Oversee the design & technical coordination on site to ensure a timely delivery to handover
  • Work alongside the Head of Operations & project coordinator to support on community engagement and consultation


Essential knowledge skills and experience

  • Proven experience leading complex development and refurbishment projects delivering them on time, to budget and to a high quality
  • Excellent project management skills including effective planning, prioritisation, risk management, and reporting
  • Excellent financial management skills: budget setting and monitoring and resource management skills
  • Experience working on large-scale construction projects
  • Experience of contracting, negotiating with, and managing external suppliers (e.g. engineers & contractors) to ensure high quality delivery
  • Ability to understand Cockpit’s requirements and to translate effectively between design and build consultants and non-development stakeholders
  • Knowledge of best practice in equality, diversity, and inclusivity
  • Excellent people management & negotiation skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate to a broad range of people across the organisation
  • 5 years' experience in design & build projects
  • MRICS, MCIOB or equivalent experience

Desirable knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Experience of project management on cultural, heritage or creative sector projects
  • Experience of interfacing with local authority & grant funders
  • Experience of main contractor side delivery
  • Knowledge or experience of community engagement & consultation

Essential qualities and attributes

  • Enthusiasm for the potential of the redevelopment of Deptford to optimise existing space & create engaging and accessible spaces for the community
  • First-class attention to detail and high standards of professional conduct
  • Solutions focussed, empathic approach, able to communicate and build professional relationships with a wide variety of people and to adapt delivery style as appropriate
  • Affinity with Cockpit Arts’ mission and values as a leading UK social enterprise enabling creative people to succeed and engaging with our community
  • Commitment to keeping abreast of design advances and willingness to share your knowledge with the wider staff team
  • Self-starter with an ability to work positively as part of a small team
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