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Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult

Project Manager

The Project Manager manages delivery of a variety of Digital Catapult projects, working closely with colleagues across technology, R&D, commercial, marketing, community, finance and software development teams.

The Digital Catapult helps startups grow and scale faster and it helps larger corporates in their digital transformation. We do this through programmes of collaboration and open innovation, by bringing academic leading edge expertise into the mix combined with the organisations’ own business and technological expertise.

We work across a range of technology layers:

Connected: including the Internet of Things and applications of 5G

Immersive: including virtual and augmented reality

Data-driven: including trust in the use of personal data, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies and cybersecurity

Intelligent: including machine learning and artificial intelligence

The Project Manager manages delivery of a variety of Digital Catapult projects, working closely with colleagues across technology, R&D, commercial, marketing, community, finance and software development teams. Many of these projects will be as part of European consortia, funded as collaborative R&D activities through programmes such as Horizon2020, so experience in an R&D setting is essential. Other projects may be with commercial partners, or may be Catapult-funded developments. At times there will be software development projects to manage. Our philosophy is to use agile methodologies and focus on clear economic outcomes for the UK, keeping tight control of timelines and costs.


  • Act as a Project Manager for a variety of Digital Catapult projects, of varying size and complexity, funded via the core government grant, by commercial partners or R&D grants:
  • Manage the planning, initiation and delivery of a series of projects
  • Ensure that tasks are clearly coordinated, delivered to timescale and that specifications are agreed with Digital Catapult colleagues, gaining full agreement of any external partners involved
  • Explore and specify future collaborative R&D and consortia activities and R&D projects with external partners, both in the UK and internationally
  • Provide resource, schedule and cost estimates for potential new projects.
  • Act as a primary owner and point of contact for project delivery with external partners and stakeholders, managing relationships and maintaining regular communications
  • For projects involving software development, run an agile process, ensuring clear communication and accountability Initiate and maintain all project artifacts such as budgets, regular status updates, plans, timelines and resourcing estimates. Initiate and run regular standup meetings, update sessions and workshops as needed.
  • Manage suppliers and 3rd party vendors ensuring deliverables are delivered on time, budget and quality. This will include (from time to time) evaluation of prospective suppliers regarding production capability & quality management


  • Successful experience of working in an R&D environment and capability to gain instant credibility in an R&D technology community.
  • Experience delivering multiple collaborative R&D projects with complex international consortia, with both academic and industrial partners
  • Hands-on project management experience in a technical setting, managing multiple stakeholder
  • Direct experience managing agile projects, including methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban
  • Knowledge of a variety of project management tools such as Jira, Trello Behavioural Competencies
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Pro-active and self-confident, adaptable and able to cope with ambiguity, changing and evolving priorities whilst being able to identify new opportunities.
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills
  • Excellent problem solving and multi-tasking skills, with a creative and flexible attitude
  • Experience managing groups of stakeholders for complex projects
  • Very collaborative working style; desire and ability to share ideas
  • Degree or equivalent in a scientific or technical field; post graduate degree of advantage
  • Project management qualifications such as Agile certifications or PRINCE2 an advantage


  • Travel: On average 25% across UK and Europe.

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Organisation:  Digital Catapult