Delightful Ethical Digital

Fat Beehive - Senior Project Manager

Fantastic opportunity to join our ethical team as a Project Manager. A full-time role based in London or Manchester, with flexible hours available.

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The role

Fat Beehive is seeking an experienced, and socially-engaged project manager to guide our clients’ projects through planning, build, go-live and beyond.

At Fat Beehive we research, design and build websites, run discovery and strategy workshops for charities, social enterprises and NGOs. Ideally, you would have a passion for the charity sector and a portfolio of work that reflects successful projects delivered on time and on budget. 

Our Project managers are curious professionals able to prioritise and juggle competing demands. You will undertake the duties and responsibilities related to managing client expectations, project budgets and delivering on the timelines agreed with the client – from simple and complex high quality websites to improvements and enhancements on existing websites.

We especially encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the technology industry.Key duties & responsibilities

Key duties & responsibilities

Planning, 40%

  • Produce detailed costings and project plans for each project.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings with clients.
  • Schedule resources according to the project process to meet the deliverables and deadlines agreed with the client.
  • Work collaboratively with the other Project Managers to schedule work and monitor actual and projected spend to keep your projects within budget.
  • Plan project tasks in a Kanban Agile style that meets the agreed budget and timings.

Production management, 40%

  • Work with our UX, Creative and Technical teams to oversee and participate in proposing the best solutions for each project.
  • Collaborate with UX, Creative and Technical teams to support their presentation of research insights, designs and specifications to clients.
  • Attend strategy and research workshops with clients.
  • Drive and oversee the design and development of, primarily, Drupal and WordPress site builds.
  • Coordinate sprint-based development and QA delivery, as well as sprint releases to clients.
  • Be passionate about quality and meeting creative and technical standards.
  • Be able to communicate technical aspects to non-technical people.

Client development, 15%

  • Be your clients’ main point of contact from discovery to delivery.
  • Set and manage clients’ and partners’ expectations throughout.
  • Continually look for and pursue further opportunities within your client base.

Other, 5%

  • Accurately track time spent and ensure efficient production.
  • Meet invoicing milestones and update our financial systems accordingly.
  • Represent Fat Beehive and network at industry events to further our profile and attract the best talent and business.

Management responsibilities


Budget responsibilities

This post has responsibility for managing the budget assigned to project deliverables in every project/piece of work related to it. This budget management responsibility includes:

  • Ensuring deliverables are completed by yourself and your team members within the allocated budget.
  • Flagging with the team’s Lead and the Head of department early on when budget may not be sufficient.
  • Flagging with Heads of department and SMT as soon as it becomes evident when budget may be at risk due to scope creep, excessive amend requests, unforeseen circumstances or any other reason.

Person specification

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Confidence planning and managing technical web builds, with a proven portfolio of projects managed successfully in the past.
  • Experience with agile project management.
  • Experience in managing the build of Drupal and/or WordPress websites.
  • Worked in a digital agency.
  • Ability to understand user challenges and come up with creative, user-centred solutions.
  • Collaborative approach to projects and a positive attitude.
  • Highly motivated and engaged, with excellent communication skills.

Desirable skills and qualifications

  • Overseen integrations with third-party APIs such as Salesforce or CiviCRM (or any others).
  • Confidence in presenting deliverables to clients (alongside other team members).
  • Experience working with charities is desirable but not essential.

What we offer

£47,500 salary depending on skills and experience.

Other benefits include a training budget, pension scheme, flexible working hours, and drinks on Wednesdays (because of hump day!).

95% of our clients are charity and not-for-profit organisations. We actively seek to work with this type of client and this means you’ll get to work with some very nice people indeed.

Other benefits include:

  • Profit Share (shared equally) and quarterly bonus
  • 27 days annual leave, 2 volunteer days per year and an extra day of leave for each year worked (up to 5 extra days)
  • Matched pension contribution up to 6%, increasing to 10% after 5 years
  • Dental Plan, Income Protection and Death in Service benefit
  • Health and Wellbeing Budget
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Dedicated training budget
  • Flexible and fair working culture
  • Free weekly drinks 

About Fat Beehive

We’re a small and friendly team, and you get to work with our fantastic clients – all of which make a genuinely positive impact on our societies. 

We are a growing team of about 30 who, when not working from home, work in a relaxed, informal office in a converted warehouse in Borough (London) and Northern Quarter (Manchester). There is often cake. There is often music playing. There is often laughter.

Fat Beehive is dedicated to providing a friendly, relaxed, safe, fulfilling and fair work environment – see what it’s like. We want to create an environment where people want to come to work – one that engages them to give their best. 

We’ve all chosen to work in the charity design sector because we want to help bring about positive social change – and we know that starts with us as individuals. We’re always challenging ourselves to work in a way that puts awareness of power, diversity and inclusivity at its heart. 

We don’t work for oil, mining, arms, banking and sweatshops. But we do work for charities that challenge these and more. Come join us.

To apply

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Profit share and quarterly performance bonus

27+ days annual leave

Fortnightly chair massage

2 volunteer days per year

Buy 5 extra holiday days each year

Family friendly and flexible employment

Matched pension contribution

Free Wednesday team drinks

Dental plan

Training budget

Death in service cover

Income protection

Transparent financial reporting

Fair work culture

Staff lunch once a month