Industrial Project Manager - IMERYS British Lithium - Cornwall

About Imerys British Lithium

Imerys British Lithium (‘IBL’) represents a pioneering collaboration between Imerys and British Lithium, aimed at leading the charge in Europe's commercial production of battery-grade lithium carbonate. This partnership leverages British Lithium's innovative approach to sustainable mineral extraction and Imerys' extensive experience in mineral solutions. Together, they are set to significantly influence the UK's and Europe's transition to renewable energy, playing a key role in achieving climate change objectives and developing the regional electrical vehicle value chain.

The Role

In this newly created role, the Industrial Project Manager, reporting to the Project Director, will be responsible for the engineering design & execution of the IBL lithium project. The role encompasses managing the project lifecycle from the pre-feasibility study through to construction and ensuring the plant's operational readiness by 2028.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensuring the highest standards of HS&E are managed in compliance with UK legislation and company policies across all project stages.
  • Delivering each phase of the project in scope, budget, and quality with a strong focus on safety.
  • Helping to define a project and contracts execution strategy.
  • Managing all engineering companies and be accountable for all engineering deliverables, including capex estimations.
  • Leading the engineering work, and providing support in terms of project management, and continuous improvement from the design of the pilot plant to the delivery of the full-scale project.
  • Implementing project control mechanisms, maintaining close coordination with stakeholders, and managing the project's total capex effectively.
The Person

The is an exciting role that will suit a proven project / programme leader with a track record of delivering large scale industrial projects. It is essential that this person has experience within metals & mining, or other heavy processing industries, and possesses detailed knowledge of CDM regulations. It is also essential that this person has experience in the pre-feasibility and design feasibility study phases as well as execution, in both EPC or EPCM type situations. 

  • Demonstrated ability managing, with full accountability, large-scale industrial projects, with a minimum CAPEX of £50m, ideally within metals & mining or other heavy processing sectors.
  • Comprehensive engineering knowledge across Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil disciplines, with a steadfast commitment to safety.
  • Offers experience in managing Greenfield (new projects) and/or Brownfield (upgrades or modifications) projects.
  • Knowledgeable in CDM regulations, international engineering contracts, procurement, and construction management.
  • Strong communication skills, strategic thinking, and the ability to operate in international and multicultural settings.
  • A degree in BEng, MEng, or equivalent in a related field.
  • Project Management certification.
  • Proven experience in the pre-feasibility and design feasibility study phases as well as project execution.
Location and Package
  • This role is based in Cornwall and requires occasional business travel.
  • The package offers an attractive salary plus car allowance and a significant bonus, along with additional benefits. Relocation assistance is available for the successful candidate.


Colin Roope

Associate Partner - Manufacturing and Engineering Practice

T: +44 (0) 203 7442023

M: +44 (0) 7989 410186

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