This Job is Not For You | Working at Akerlof

We are looking for a project manager to join our team Akerlof. We are a small, nimble business, with  team members that are great at what they do.

We hold our culture dearly and don’t invite individuals into our family lightly.  We want the very best.

We’re looking for someone with zero to two years experience with a passion for sustainability and social value in the built environment to work as a project manager. Other than that, we just want the very best person. Everything you need to know about the kind of qualities we’re looking for is listed below.

If you still think this job could be for you, the application form is at the bottom. Good luck.

 We’re looking for someone to be project manager at Akerlof.

This job is not for everyone. In fact it’s probably not for you.

We’re flexible not formulaic, focussed to deliver results.

So we’re looking for someone who likes to make things happen, to realise betters.
And has the energy and force of personality to actually do it.
Someone with up to two years experience, with a passion for sustainability and social value in the built environment.
We need someone who is independent, but embraces collaboration. A self-starter with an opinion.
Someone who is happy to never take the easy way out.

Because we never do.
We’re purpose driven, to always do what we think is right to realise our client’s purpose.
So we need someone who knows the difference between what someone wants, and what someone needs.
Someone that thinks, anticipates and plans ahead, to deliver the best solution.
But most of all, someone who we actually want to be part of our team.
Someone who takes their work seriously and themselves far less so.

Is interested, and interesting.

We’ve posted our application form below
If you think this job is for you, please complete the form and get in touch.

But trust us, it probably isn’t.

Jamie Hillier


With a penchant for tweed and jackets with leather arm patches, Jamie began his career as a quantity surveyor, before climbing the ladder to lead major projects for a Tier 1 contractor.

Eventually expanding his book collection beyond copies of SMM7, Jamie has interest in a broad range of subjects linked to delivering better outcomes for society and the environment.

His strategic insights on MMC and behavioural science have made their way into numerous government, industry and academic publications, including the Construction Playbook, Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030, the Platform Rulebook and the RIBA DfMA Overlay.

John Handscomb


Construction is in John’s blood. Learning from his father who was a planner and project manager, John began his career by working on some iconic projects in both the public and private sector.

As a procurement expert and integrator of new ways of working, John has pioneered the integration of platform principles, DfMA processes and supply chain within over £5bn projects in the last 15 years, for some of the largest building programmes in the UK. Despite his considerable expertise, John keeps it simple, communicating complicated ideas with ease and helping to equip the industry with new knowledge and skills.

Outside of Akerlof, John enjoys his executive role with technology start-up ScanTech Digital, spending time with his family, taking trips down the football, playing a bit of golf with friends and the odd pint. 

Our name is shared with George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

His seminal paper, Market for Lemons, demonstrated the devastating consequences of making decisions under the conditions of quality uncertainty and unequal information between buyers and sellers, increasing the chance of buyers ending up with a ‘lemon’.

This 50-year-old concept continues to retain parallels within the construction industry.

Through our insight and experience, we can rebalance this information asymmetry on behalf of our clients, levelling the playing field to deliver better outcomes.