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Project Manager - Local Net Zero Accelerator

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Are you looking for a role where your skills will help propel the West Midlands region towards a sustainable future?

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is at the forefront of environmental progress, leading the pioneering Local Net Zero Accelerator (LNZA) initiative, which will pave the way for investing at scale in net zero initiatives across the region. Funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, LNZA is one of only three such pilot programmes in the UK.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute meaningfully to this ambitious and innovative programme. As a Project Manager, you'll lead the development and delivery of projects within the Energy Capital team. You'll play a key role in driving the region towards a net-zero future, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget, and to the highest standards.

Please note this role is being advertised as a 2-year fixed term (FTC) contract.

What will you be doing?

  • Lead the development and effective implementation of agreed projects, particularly within LNZA.
  • Design, develop, and maintain robust project processes to keep everything on track and achieve project goals.
  • Proactively manage risks, collaborating closely with WMCA's Assurance and Finance teams.
  • Oversee project budgets, tracking costs and ensuring financial responsibility.
  • Champion best practices in project management, adhering to all relevant policies.
  • Build strong relationships with internal teams and external partners, exceeding expectations.
  • Manage external contractors, guaranteeing deliverables are met on time and within budget.
  • Act as an external advocate and representative of Energy Capital and the WMCA at meetings with stakeholders.
  • Manage project communications and marketing, writing content for webpages and events.

About you.

  • Has a proven track record of managing and coordinating projects and programmes.
  • Thrive in collaborative environments, working adeptly with diverse stakeholders.
  • Possess a keen eye for detail with strong analytical and organisational skills.
  • Hold a project management qualification or is committed to obtaining one. We can support you to achieve this qualification if necessary.
  • Ideally have project management experience in energy, environment, data management, finance, local authority governance, or innovation.

Salary and benefits.

We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.

Location and working pattern – what you can expect. 

The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. 

Creating an inclusive workplace.

Our vision is to create a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier region. We aim to achieve this vision by living our values, which include being a partnership organisation, valuing and respecting our people, fostering a can-do attitude, and encouraging innovation. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as "Leaders in Diversity," and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.


We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.

We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.

Reasonable adjustments.

If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.

Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

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