Collaborator Project Manager

The purpose of this role is to facilitate CGT Catapult’s relationship with Collaborators through the on-boarding process and throughout occupation at the CGT Catapult Stevenage Manufacturing Innovation Centre (S-MIC) once in routine manufacture. The Collaborator Project Manager will also manage other projects related to the continuous growth and improvement of the CGT Catapult S-MIC as well as the cell and gene therapy cluster in Stevenage.

Key Accountabilities:

  • To facilitate the lifecycle management of Collaborators coming into and leaving the CGT Catapult S-MIC and ensure their experience in the facility is professionally managed and mutually beneficial.

  • Provide support to the CGT Catapult Business Development Team, including activities such as hosting potential Collaborator visits/meetings, preparing costings and assisting with negotiations and writing contracts.

  • Work closely with CGT Catapult’s Collaborators on the on-boarding process, moving Collaborators into the CGT Catapult S-MIC in an efficient and effective manner ensuring that both the Collaborators and CGT Catapult’s expectations are achieved in terms of budget, quality, and timelines.

  • Ensure effective and consistent project management in accordance with the CGT Catapult project management standards by using the Project Management Office (PMO).

  • Manage Collaborator manufacturing schedules during routine operations and CGT Catapult S-MIC planned events such as a planned facility shut down.

  • Manage the day-to-day relationship with Collaborators once within the CGT Catapult S-MIC and act as the first point of contact between Collaborators.

  • Build and maintain a close working relationship with CGT Catapult’s Collaborators, ensuring any issues or escalations are reported and resolved in a timely manner, escalating where appropriate to senior management.

  • Liaise with the Collaborators and CGT Catapult S-MIC Operational and Quality Teams to ensure the efficient, effective, and compliant coordination of all activities in operational areas.

  • Work closely with the CGT Catapult S-MIC Engineering Team to ensure Collaborator organisation’s requests for modifications are executed.

  • Work closely with the CGT Catapult S-MIC Business Development Team to ensure that Activity Input Agreements (AIA) are appropriately costed, approved in a timely manner, and efficiently executed.

  • At a point when the Collaborator contract ends or is terminated, effectively, efficiently, and sensitively manage the exit process for the Collaborator to leave the CGT Catapult S-MIC ensuring minimal impact on the other Collaborators and CGT Catapult.

  • Manage non-collaborator projects in an efficient and effective manner through the lifecycle of the project, ensuring that all project objectives and business benefits are delivered on time, in full and to budget.

  • Engage in the sharing of best practice with peer groups across the wider CGT Catapult organisation.

  • Manage quality records effectively, adhering to internal standards for investigation management and closure.

  • Generate and review GMP documentation such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

  • To manage and facilitate other Project work in line with business requirements.


  • Proven experience of working within a GMP environment preferably in cell and gene therapy.

  • Proven experience of relationship management within the biologics contract manufacturing, or similar industry.

  • Proven experience of simultaneously managing multiple projects of differing size, complexity, and duration.

Knowledge / Skills / Competencies:

  • Highly motivated, pragmatic and practical to support the mission of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult to accelerate the development of a commercial cell and gene therapy based industry in the UK

  • Desire to establish a high profile career within cell and gene sector and the personal drive to help push the sector to be a commercial success.

  • Resilient, with the ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and prioritise workload within a fast-paced professional environment.

  • Ambitious, collaborative, driven.

  • Ability to work independently and to be able to take the initiative when completing tasks.

  • Project ownership and pride in its delivery, along with the ability to respond flexibly to project needs and priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work both reactively and pro-actively.

  • Accurate with strong attention to detail.

  • Budget and financial acumen

  • Flexibility towards work assignments and new learning.

  • Proven ability to engage constructively with colleagues at all levels across different departments to deliver objectives and to respond to a wide range of customer and management needs

  • Proven diplomacy skills with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Strong influencing and leadership skills.

  • Understands influencing, stakeholder management and negotiation strategies.

  • Ability to quickly establish credibility, rapport, and trust.

  • The ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders (senior management, collaborators, peer group).

  • A good team player with a hands-on approach.

  • A positive attitude towards learning, personal and professional development.

  • Keeps up to date with professional knowledge, expertise and best practice.

  • Willingness to travel.

Education / Qualifications:

  • MSc or BSc in a relevant biological, engineering or commercial discipline.

  • Formal project management e.g. Prince 2 or Agile desirable.

CGT Catapult is committed to providing an equal, diverse, and inclusive work environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. We celebrate differences, empower, and inspire everyone, because when everyone is included, everyone wins. In 2024, we received bronze accreditation from Inclusive Employers.