Project Manager (Fixed Term)

Job title Project Manager (Fixed Term)

Department Designability

Salary up to £32,000 (FTE), dependent on experience

Grade N/A

Placed on Wednesday 01 September 2021

Closing date Friday 17 September 2021

Interview date Thursday 30 September 2021

Reference CF8628


Location: Regular presence in Bath plus remote working 

Hours: 37.5 hrs/week (open to flexible working)

Contract Type: 12 month fixed-term contract (FTC)

For over 50 years, Designability has designed and provided products that have enabled disabled people to live with greater independence. Our team of talented designers and engineers create innovative new products which have helped hundreds of thousands of people with their day to day challenges. We are best known now for Wizzybug, our powered wheelchair which helps young disabled children move and play independently for often the first time in their lives. Families loan one from us for free thanks to the generous support of our donors. 

We create our innovative products by being experts in user-centred design – put simply, this means that it is disabled people who drive our innovation strategy, and it is their needs and views make our products unique.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team providing innovative solutions which deliver greater choice for disabled people. 

We are seeking a Project Manager to support Designability on a ground-breaking project to ensure that owning an electric vehicle (EV) is accessible to disabled people. The project manager will work with the technical lead and research team to deliver the development of concepts, user-validated designs and a design guide for industry. This project is closely aligned with the development of design standards for public EV charge points, and close communication with industry stakeholders and our external funding partner is required. 

In addition to the primary project, the role will support the Head of Design and Engineering in managing departmental plans, budgets and resources across a range of development projects.

You will have:

  • Good understanding of the principles of project management
  • Experience of programme and cost management
  • Experience of stakeholder management
  • Capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions

You will joining an independent, national charity based in Bath. Our creative and inspiring team includes engineers, technicians, product designers, occupational therapists, fundraisers and administrators. We are led by strong values: we are creative, inclusive and practical, with our vision being to create a future where every disabled person has the products they want to live the life they choose.

We are really proud that we were recently awarded second place in the ‘Best Charities to Work For 2020’ list by Third Sector which is a reflection of our team highly rating the fact that we encourage activities that create strong teams and foster good personal relationships. Our staff also stated their confidence in Designability’s leadership and strategic planning.

We have ambitious plans for the future. We are in a strong financial position with healthy reserves, and have a forward plan for a significant new product innovation, and a partnership project which will have impact on the lives of millions of disabled people. 

To find out more about Designability visit 

The University of Bath provide us with recruitment support and applications are made through the University of Bath jobs website. We choose to follow many of the University of Bath’s human resources policies. However, Designability is a fully independent charity and our staff contracts are not with the University.

Interview date: W/c 20 September 2021

Further details:

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.