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Project Manager (Technical & Equipment)


Derby, GB

Our vision is simple - TopHat was founded to deliver beautiful homes, sustainably. We use advanced manufacturing and the latest technology to delivery ultra-low carbon homes, whilst keeping costs as low as possible. We manufacture homes in a controlled environment, removing uncertainties, improving quality and reducing costs. We have extensive experience of delivering projects in different ways to ensure that our customers get the solutions they need.


TopHat is a technology enabled manufacturer of volumetric modular homes established in 2016. Based in a dedicated 125,000 sq ft advanced manufacturing facility in Foston, Derbyshire, the business currently employs 250 people.


TopHat is investing in a second factory (“F2”) capable of producing 7,800 modules per year. This equates to an average daily output of 31 modules. The estimated internal footprint of this facility is 650,000 sq ft with an operational footprint of 630,000 sq ft. This factory will go live in 2023.


The output requirements of the second factory are roughly 7x that of our existing facility and as such will need a considerable logistics operation and a resilient, reliable supply chain. The current material storage space availability is roughly 2 days meaning this supply chain will have to be managed on a just in time basis.


We are looking for a Project Manager for our Technical and Equipment workstream. This role is for a fixed term period of 18 months - to start asap. It is very likely however with our growth aspirations and subject to great delivery - that perm opportunities will be open longer term.


This role will lead the Technical & Equipment work-stream, working along side our expert advisor and automation teams to develop and deliver the method of manufacture for Factory 2, on budget and on time.


Do you fit the bill?

  • You will be degree educated (or equivalent) with an engineering background and project management experience

  • You will have demonstrable experience in developing and/or project managing new methods of manufacture on large capital programmes

  • You will be tenacious in your constant quest for areas of competitive advantage / cost reduction

  • You will show how you have been able to manage multiple complex projects with changing priorities

  • You will have extensive experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Above all that - you will be a team player, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with a good attention to detail and have the ability to communicate effectively within a team and engage with stakeholders at all levels of the business


Contract length: 18 months


What we can offer you

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays

  • Simply Health Cash Plan (Level 3) 

  • Group Life Assurance

  • Income protection

  • Subsidised canteen

  • Group Pension Scheme

  • Overtime available 


At TopHat we welcome applications from all backgrounds and are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can succeed and be themselves. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes our business what it is today. We value diversity and we particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, women and anyone with disabilities as we are underrepresented in these areas.

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