Element Materials Technology

Project Manager

Job Locations UK-Hertfordshire-Hitchin


Element has an opportunity for a Project Manager.  This role is a key function in servicing our clients by ensuring flexibility and responsiveness to their demands, delivering efficient and excellent performance.  The Project Manager has daily responsibility to technically supervise testing operations and give clear technical guidance as necessary across a wide range of the laboratory's testing capabilities.



  • Responsibility for technical review of quotations
  • Review the full work scope to ensure that it can be executed in a safe way and at a high quality standard and if necessary ensuring a risk assessment is available
  • Establish work programmes for testing including planning and implementing test schedules
  • Review technical standards and requirements, and where appropriate write job specific test procedures, liaise with clients on all matters technical and status related.
  • Maintaining, developing and improving process within the laboratory at all levels and in all areas.
  • Provision of financial data relating to jobs under their control including accurate forecast of work to be completed
  • Provide clear direction to the workshop / Technicians by means of cutting & worksheets or machining and test requests (MTRs), ensure successful completion of the client requirements within timescales
  • Provide technical leadership to the project team with support from senior colleagues and Technical Specialists
  • Arrange and supervise on-site witnessing by clients and representatives during testing
  • Perform review and audit activities on jobs including technical contract review, technical procedure review / audit, job start readiness review and job close review
  • Provide regular progress reports for the projects managed
  • Report and present results, closing projects and invoicing, create and archive job packs for each project
  • Carrying out internal audits and procedure/standard reviews as required
  • Provide technical training and development of support to staff
  • Client and site visits where required
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role of Project Manager

Skills / Qualifications

  • Analytical problem solving skills
  • Highly organised
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong written communication
  • Adaptable and flexible in approach
  • Experience working within an appropriate environment
  • Ability to support the training of others to a high technical standard
  • Familiarity with national and international testing standards
  • Familiarity with a wide range of supporting software tools, highly IT literate
  • Working towards or member status of a relevant professional body
  • Enough skills and knowledge to quicly gain procedure and report sign off status within the laboratory
  • A formal qualification in an appropriate scientific discipline at degree level or above would be held, preferably in Polymers
  • Familiar with a wide range of laboratory techniques from wet chemistry to FTIR, UV absorption, atomic absorption spectroscopy, NMR, XRF, gas/gas-liquid chromatography
  • Familiar with a wide range of polymer properties, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity
  • Familiar with a wide range of materials conversion techniques including injection moulding, extrusion, calendaring, blow moulding, cast and blow film
  • Familiar with a wide range of physical test methods, including tensile, flexural, compression, torsion modes

Benefits of working at Element


33 days annual holiday, consisting of 25 days annual holiday and 8 days public / x4 Life Assurance  / Legal & General Pension scheme with total contributions up to 12% / Flexible Working / Cycle Scheme / Free Onsite Refreshments / Recommend a Friend Bonus / Perks At Work Discount Scheme



To apply please email derek.grist@element.com

Company Overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 7,500 brilliant minds operating from 200 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.


When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.


While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.


Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, race, religion, responsibility of dependents, sexual orientation, or gender identity or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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