Except Integrated Sustainability
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Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Open position: Senior Project manager (closed)

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Except is expanding with projects that are to shape the future of sustainable development in various places around the world. This is a special and unique opportunity for an experienced project manager to join us, on a possible track to partnership, and help build the foundations of a sustainable society. We seek someone that shares our ambition and values, with affinity for sales, writing, and likes to be responsible for multidisciplinary teams. 

Role and tasks

The project manager is responsible for leading 2-3 major projects on a 4 days a week basis. The projects are in innovative sustainable agriculture in desert areas, transition management of corporations towards sustainable operations, the circular economy, and others.  The role's activities range from helping to secure the projects, setting up its management structure, managing teams progress, communication with clients and partners, documentation, and helping to produce written content for reports.

As part of a small senior management team, responsibilities are broad, and personal initiative, as well as creativity, are not just encouraged, but integral.

Track towards partnership

Except works as a tight team of mutually supportive team players ranging from science, design, business and management. Together we face the future. This is not a 9 to 5 job, but part of our life's mission. We seek someone to join this team for the long run, and hopefully become part of its core management team and potentially a trajectory to become a partner in the company. 

Our future partner has the following properties:

  • Excellent written and verbal command of Dutch and English
  • 10+ years of experience in managing teams in project development
  • A background in work in the built environment or corporate consulting and transition management
  • Outstanding team player, responsible, timely, and flexible
  • A clear alignment with our mission and goals

Except’s services are unique globally. A successful candidate is eager to learn about sustainable innovation as well as thrilled by the idea of contributing to help build them by bringing them into the world.

See below for detailed function profile.

Location in Utrecht, the Netherlands

While Except projects have a global focus, the position is in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We have regular face to face contact with the team and work from within the office in Utrecht, but we are flexible on working from home.

About Except

Except Integrated Sustainability is a sustainable development, design and innovation consultancy. We consist of a multi-disciplinary team of about 13 people and are growing. Except delivers concepts and strategies for resilient, just, and inspiring cities, companies, and governance. We apply innovative systemic analysis, develop roadmaps towards resilience, and execute solutions with inspiring design. Together we bridge gaps between sectors to accelerate the frontier of sustainability, and create concepts that are realistic and feasible.

We’re a passionate, practical, and dynamic cooperative of entrepreneurs, known for our interdisciplinary and innovative approach. Interested and want to know more? Send us your application, including a motivation letter, CV, and portfolio (if applicable) to work@except.nl


Detailed function profile

Job title

Senior Project Manager


Utrecht, our head office in the Netherlands (Utrecht) with regular travel across the Netherlands and some international travel. Possibility to work from home.

Purpose of the role

Contribute to creating the foundations for a sustainable society. You believe we can do this while creating beautiful cities, successful businesses, happy people and an exciting world to live in.

Develop and grow our market with particular focus on growing demand for, and investment in:

  • Sustainable business development
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Agriculture and food industry
  • Knowledge projects, software and training

Ensure meaningful and effective communications to current and potential partners.

Support Associates and office team in acquisition efforts.  

Key relationships

  • Your own network
  • Except Clients & Partners
  • Project stakeholders & Partners
  • Director and office team
  • Except Management team

Key responsibilities

  • Project manage 2-5 projects with a large degree of freedom and responsibility
  • Manage client expectations and relations, driving project continuation and expansion
  • Keep a happy, productive, and effective team
  • Participate in general Except management decision support, team building, and expansion
  • Commit to the quality guidelines and oversight of Except Management
  • Initiate activities that achieve both our mission and increase revenue.


  • Manage 2-5 projects
  • Plan and participate in weekly update meetings
  • Manage working teams, and expansion
  • Produce written content for project reports
  • Help PR and communications of projects
  • Client communication and reporting
  • Support Except Management in decisionmaking
  • Maintain quality service by following, establishing and enforcing organizational standards


Academic degree, Bachelors at a minimum in any relevant field.

Knowledge & experience

  • Substantial experience in managing complex projects and teams
  • Substantial experience with writing successful project proposals 
  • Experience with managing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience with client communications and reporting
  • Strong track record with achieving targets
  • Affinity with the principles of integrated sustainability. We’ll teach you the details if necessary

Personal qualities & skills

  • Fluent in English and Dutch
  • Good relationship builder
  • Able to prioritise,  work under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Good with numbers
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant industries and its current trends and events
  • Attention to detail
  • Enjoy working on innovative and sustainable projects.

Contract type

Salaried position, with a partnership for the long term.

Income indication

TBD, based on experience and contributed value.

Hours of work

4 days per week, flexible hours.

Release date

October 26th, 2018


Except Integrated Sustainability

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