Project Manager

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £28,672–£32,234

Position: Full time


Work with us

The Vegan Society is an anagram of The Nicest Voyage. Quite fitting, we think, as for many people veganism is a journey – and a pretty remarkable one at that. Regardless of where you are on your vegan journey, our staff are on hand to make it easier, healthier and more fun. If you think you’d be great at helping others with this, read on, as this may be right up your street.

The Vegan Society makes veganism more accessible and an easily adopted approach by supporting individuals, policy and decision makers, caterers, manufacturers, health care professionals and the media.

The Vegan Society as an organisation values equality, diversity, and inclusion. We want to be an organisation that tackles any structural discrimination or prejudice. We are actively trying to increase diversity in our organisation and encourage applications from all sections of the community. We will offer an automatic interview to all candidates who meet our essential criteria and who identify as from an under-represented race or ethnicity or as deaf, neurodiverse, or living with disability.

Who we’re looking for

Are you passionate about changing the way we treat animals? Do you want to help reduce damage to our environment? Do you want to get people to enjoy healthy vegan food that looks good and tastes great?

As individuals, we have a somewhat eclectic mix of skills, passions and idiosyncrasies…but it works. Probably because we all have one thing in common: we believe we’re onto something really special.

The role

The Project Manager (COP26) will co-ordinate The Vegan Society’s activities during the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1–12 November 2021. They will also support other campaigns and policy activities in the run up to the conference, such as our presence at party conferences. This is a temporary, full time position until the end of 2021.

The Vegan Society plans to draw attention to the links between diet and the climate crisis to both policy makers and the general public in the run up and during COP26. We are seeking a highly experienced, creative project manager with strong event management skills and a keen interest in environmental issues to bring our ideas to fruition.

We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible – ideally by the end of July.

As Project Manager you will:

– Organise logistics for a public events programme, to include fringe entertainment events and campaign exhibition stand/s.

– Support Campaigns & Policy Officer with logistics for policy events, to include debate/s, round table meeting/s, exhibition stand.

– Liaise with event agency regarding city centre activation – staffing and content.

– In conjunction with Campaigns Manager, liaise with design agency on event brand, event design, assets, literature, giveaways.

– Liaise with venues to confirm requirements.

– Target specific audiences for each event, research and build guest lists, set up booking system for public events.

– Produce and deliver marketing plan and liaise with TVS internal teams and external agencies regarding out of home advertising, social media, press releases and filming.

– Explore other opportunities to share key messages to both public and policy makers during the conference.

– On the day event management throughout.


– Source and approach partners for content, in-kind, and/or promotional support.

– Provide support for fundraising initiatives to help finance our COP26 activities.

– Liaise with partners, organising update meetings and incorporating suggestions where possible.

– Ensuring terms of contracts are met.

Logistics / administration 

– Produce and manage overall COP project plan.

– Liaise with Campaigns & Policy Officer to provide event support for policy activities.

– Produce staffing plan and brief staff and volunteers.

– Oversee accommodation and travel bookings.

– Budget monitoring and reporting.

– KPI monitoring and evaluation.

– Liaison with TVS team and other stakeholders.

Other Duties

– Given the uncertainty of COP26 we may require the Project Manager to undertake other activities in lieu of those outlined above. This may include organising online events or project managing smaller projects.

– Provide absence cover for CPR colleagues.

– Please note the post holder is likely to be required to be in Glasgow for the duration of COP26, 1–12 November, and for various meetings in advance of the conference.

To be considered as our Project Manager you will need:

– Demonstrable project management skills with 3+ years of experience in a similar role.

– Proven ability to formulate project plans.

– Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide variety of external people.

– Calmness under pressure, able to manage multiple projects and an excellent problem solver.

– Professional and responsible approach with a confident and friendly manner.

– Efficient, organised, reliable and effective.

– Willingness and ability to undertake appropriate training and development as required.

– Flexible to travel within the UK with advance agreement.

What we offer

– A fun and supportive team.

– A solution-focused atmosphere and hard-working environment.

– Flexible working hours.

– Employee Assistance Programme and health cash-back scheme.

– Cycle-to-work scheme.

– Childcare vouchers scheme.

– Animal companion compassionate leave.

– Ethical pension scheme (5-7% employer contribution).

– Death in service benefit.

– 28 Days leave + 8 Bank Holidays (25 days annual leave & 3 closure days) – pro rata’d.

– Central Birmingham office location.

– Salary and hours.

Additional information

This is full time (37.5 hours per week) temporary role with a salary of £28,672–£32,234 per annum.

The application deadline is 9am Monday 21stJune 2021.

Interviews will be held 29 June 2021 – 02 July 2021.

Please note: You must be able to be in Glasgow for the duration of the COP26 conference, and be able to get to our office in Birmingham if required.

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