Polymateria’s mission is to tackle the global crisis of fugitive plastic waste, reducing towards zero its impact on
the natural environment. Based on the White City Campus of Imperial College in London’s i-Hub, Polymateria
has invested heavily in R&D over the last few years to set new standards for biodegradable plastic and is now
looking to scale up its operations.
About the Function
To help with this Polymateria is looking to hire a project manager with experience working in a fast-paced
innovation environment. The potential candidate will be responsible for running and maintaining the company’s
existing network of external collaborators in terms of project planning, management and reporting out, with
particular emphasis on being able to lead the design and implementation of our environmental, eco-toxicology
and (micro)biological innovation projects. The successful candidate will help create new methodologies for
accurately sizing work based on different challenges that each have varying degrees of complexity. The
candidate will work with and report directly to the VP of Innovations.
The ideal candidate needs to be very well organised, gregarious, and a willingness to make new connections
within the research and testing industries. In addition, the following qualifications and / or skills are highly
• PhD in biochemistry; environmental chemistry or biogeochemistry.
• Proven experience of project management skills, organisation and delivery to deadlines in a dynamic
innovation function is critical.
• Proven experience of managing work-stream and multiple project simultaneously, including effective
methods of presenting and planning of projects, is essential.
• Very strong communication skills, both orally and in written format, is essential.
• Multiple language skills are highly desirable but not essential, however, the ability to communicate with
client and collaborators outside of the UK in a clear and effective manner is necessary.
• A clean driving licence and the willingness to travel is essential.
• Knowledge of the polymer industry and / or polymer degradation and biodegradation processes is a
plus but not necessary.
The position is ideally suited to either: A recently qualified PhD student looking to move out of the laboratory
and start a career in industry in project management; or someone who has worked in industry / SME sector, but
has applied change management skills to an innovation function in the biochemical or biological industries.
The candidate will be expected to plan, supervise and complete projects to well-defined deadlines. In addition
to liaising with Polymateria colleagues during the course of a project, the candidate will also have to liaise and
build professional relationships with our external partners, both inside and outside of the UK. The candidate will
have to oversee and ensure, that during the course of a project, materials and people are correctly and suitably
in place and informed in order to perform their duties in a timely manner and on budget. The candidate will be
sufficiently autonomous to trouble-shoot during the project, in addition to compiling and presenting scientific
data in various technical and non-technical formats depending on the targeted audience.
Salary - Salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to apply
Please send a CV and a one-page covering letter with how you believe you meet the criteria to
email@example.com before midnight on 31st October 2019.