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Project manager
at Based Upon

Based Upon is seeking a project manager to join its team in London.

Who we are

We are Based Upon. We are an art and design studio working collaboratively across multi-disciplinary creative practices. We produce our own work which shows and sells globally and we work to commission to create sculpture and furniture.

Our artists, designers and engineers work collaboratively under a managed creative vision. We are passionate about process and materiality, grounded in a strong sense of documentary and narrative. Our work is often large scale and complex and can take years from inception to completion, creating new processes and new materials along the way.

Our goal is to function as an organism without hierarchy but we know when to revert to tried and tested methods to get beyond a challenge.

Our clients are some of the most well-respected collectors and brands and so they expect us to balance our creativity with professionalism. We seek to be regarded for our reliability and certainty as much as our pioneering.

Why we need you

One of our key PM’s will shortly be taking maternity leave and will be away for one year. We need a replacement, and it is a hard act to follow. You will work as part of our senior team managing projects, guiding our design and craft teams and making a difference on a commercial level to our unique business.

Although at this stage it is a temporary assignment, at the end of the year, if you have been successful, we will be trying hard to keep you.

What you will bring:

  • a proven track record, over five years, of delivering complex projects – on time, budget and quality – hopefully in a bespoke design and manufacturing environment. Yacht or luxury goods design would be even better
  • experience of dealing directly with clients at a senior level
  • experience of managing subcontractors
  • you will have worked with sales teams to ensure that what they are proposing can be delivered
  • excellent IT skills – experience of KROW (PSA software), Salesforce (CRM), AutoCAD, InDesign, Photoshop, MS Office/Excel

What you will do:

  • oversee Based Upon’s projects ensuring delivery of a quality service and product that represents the company brand, from brief to completion
  • coordinate project teams on a daily basis, tracking progress against schedules. Monitoring incoming and outgoing information between Based Upon and external suppliers, reporting back on project progress, and the team’s progress and performance
  • maintain the accuracy and currency of project plans to ensure timely reporting of progress, and achieve benchmarks as set by the company directors
  • be a senior point of contact between the client, the Based Upon team and contractors
  • work with sales and design teams to create new market opportunities
  • work as part of a professional, creative, driven and fun-loving team – solving problems and moving our business forward

Project manager: person profile



  • five-plus years’ experience in a project or design management role in a bespoke design and build industry
  • managing contract agreements with clients and suppliers
  • proven track record in creative development and implementation
  • client management experience at a high-level
  • knowledge/experience of software-based project management
  • methodologies systems and techniques
  • legislative compliance


  • architecture experience
  • yacht/marine project experience
  • interior design/furniture experience
  • fabrication experience
  • new business experience
  • Salesforce experience


  • educated to degree level
  • client and/or management training

Special aptitudes


  • high-end project planning and budgeting
  • self-starter
  • talent procurement
  • presentation creation
  • negotiation skills


  • Adobe Suite skills
  • InDesign skills
  • Salesforce skills
  • PSA software skills


  • confident pro-active leader
  • has a good eye for detail, critically reviews work
  • builds strong working relationships
  • excellent client-facing skills
  • demonstrates reliability
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • ability to delegate and manage

Thinking style:

  • thinks ahead and stays focused on goals
  • is proactive and develops contingencies to ensure success of plans
  • motivated by problem-solving
  • practical/pragmatic in outlook


  • London-based
  • able to travel (UK/international), sometimes at short notice
  • able to work long hours/weekends if necessary


Work is based at the London office, however you will be expected to travel throughout the UK and internationally when necessary for client and external supplier meetings.


If you are interested in what we have said and you feel that you can match up, please kindly submit the following information using the ‘apply’ link below:

  • cover letter explaining why you feel that you would be a good addition to the Based Upon team in this role
  • CV

Deadline for applications Friday 21st February 2020. Salary negotiable depending on experience.

  • Applications have closed.