Join the Co-create team: Project Manager

We’re looking for a skilled project manager and facilitator to join our team. If you can keep a project on track, facilitate a group to get the best out of people, and you know about co-production and related approaches – you could be just who we’re looking for.

Salary: £30,000 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Working hours: Expected to be worked flexibly with sufficient time during core hours (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) to meet the needs of the business.

Closing date: 9am Friday 9 December

To apply: Email with your application (details below)

Documents: Job description

Co-create is growing and we need a strong project manager and facilitator to help us support the organisations and teams we work with to make people-centred change. Discover more about what we do.

Our core team are in Sheffield, and we have freelance associates across the country – from Cornwall to Scotland.

We’re looking for someone to lead projects with (mainly) healthcare organisations who are either starting on their co-production journey or want some help to do it better than they have before.

Job description (PDF)

Co-create are based in Sheffield and work nationally. We work from home a lot, using Zoom and Microsoft Teams to connect with our clients and associates across the UK. We are looking for someone who will be able to spend a day or so a week in our Sheffield City Centre office with us, plus facilitating sessions around South Yorkshire, sometimes at short notice, including some periods with multiple sessions a week.

Our working hours are flexible, but we do need at least half of your availability to be during office hours to have time with clients and Co-create staff.

While providing a professional service and producing high quality outputs, we make space for the human side of things. Co-create associates often say that they enjoy the opportunity to be relaxed and honest with each other, and make space for humour as part of our work. We invite all staff and associates to contribute ideas, feelings and views to the way Co-create works.


To apply

We are advertising this role as full-time, but please get in touch if it looks like this could be the job for you and alternative arrangements (such as a shorter working week or job share) would enable you to apply.

Our application process has three stages:

  1. You provide a brief written application (maximum 1000 words), showing how your experience might match what we’re looking for in Co-create. The instructions for this stage are below. When you’re happy with your application please email this to
  2. We’ll review what you’ve sent and let you know if you’ve made it through to the next stage. If so, we’ll get in touch to invite you for a chat (in person) with Chris, Danny and Mulima to find out a bit more about you and how you work and to share some more about our approach and what we’re looking for.
  3. If it feels like we could work well together, we’ll invite you to facilitate a short session for Chris, Danny and Mulima Co-create so we can see you in action. You will be paid for your time on this last part.

If you are successful (we will let you know either way) we’ll provide instructions for the second part.

First, please read the job description and person specification and make sure you understand the role. If you’re unsure, feel free to contact us with any questions.



For the first stage we would like you to write up to 1000 words that demonstrate you have the following skills, experience and knowledge (please see the person specification for the full list of attributes we’ll be testing through the process):

  1. Strong project management skills, achieving results through efficient and effective management of projects and resources
  2. Ability to design high quality workshops, and work towards designing projects
  3. Can identify, understand and meet the needs of all stakeholders
  4. Ability to communicate concisely, accurately and persuasively verbally and in writing with a range of audiences
  5. Ability to work independently
  6. Ability and enthusiasm to reflect and grow in the role and contribute to growing the organisation
  7. Excellent IT skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and remote platforms
  8. Using co-design, co-production, asset-based community development or related participatory approaches
  9. Project development and management, including an understanding of budget management principles
  10. Working with public sectors organisations, including senior management
  11. Experience of building relationships with external stakeholders across sectors
  12. Working with people who have experienced life challenges
  13. Working knowledge of UK health sector
  14. UK driving licence and use of a car

Please feel free to combine related points in your response.

Your written application can be in a format that’s best for you – a PDF, Word document, slide show or a Google doc (just make sure to change your permission so we can access this). If you have any questions about the format, please get in touch. 

To apply for the role, please email your application in the format of your choosing to


We want to hear a story or case to show us that you have these skills and experiences. It can be in any written form that suits you – for example a document, slide show, or email. We don’t expect formal writing (and we would like to see you as a person in the writing), but we do need it to be clear and easy to read. If some guidance on writing applications would be helpful, you could look at this short article and video on the STAR technique.

We are most interested in what you can do, rather than job titles or roles. For that reason, we won’t be reviewing CVs, but please do tell us where previous experience relates directly to one of the above (experience in your professional, personal and community lives are all relevant).

Co-create place a high value on diversity in our team. We welcome applications from people who are often underrepresented in consultancies; including (but not limited to) people who experience racism, people with disabilities or long-term health conditions, neurodiverse people and LGBTQ+ people. We would appreciate if applicants could complete our anonymous diversity monitoring form

The application deadline is 9am on Friday 9 December, and we will respond to you by email by the end of that day to let you know our decision.

We will be interviewing on December 14 (and December 16 if more applicants are successful at this stage than we can see in one day), and the facilitation sessions (stage 3) will take place on December 19.

To apply for the role, please email your application in the format of your choosing to