Project Manager - NPD

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Richmond upon Thames, London | Ref: BBBH17064

£50000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Benefits

Project Manager - NPD
£50,000 - £55,000 + Benefits

Role Profile
Our client, who is a market leading FMCG business, is looking for a Project Manager to join their team based in Twickenham. You will be responsible for managing NPD, cost saving and commercialisation projects within the overall company portfolio. The Project Manager will be involved in virtually every aspect of the company go-to-market strategy leading a cross-functional team of Marketing, Sales, Product Development, Brand Experience, and Supply Chain. You will act as a point of ownership for product launches from idea/concept through to commercialisation using a stage gate process - so a real understanding of NPD and NPI is crucial.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead cross functional business teams in the development and commercialisation of products and/or in improving our supply chain.
  • Develop overall project timelines and key milestones; ensure teams meet critical business and/or customer dates
  • Facilitate decision-making, arbitrate impasses, remove barriers, and ultimately drive project progress to launch
  • Recognize and address shifts in project complexity, scope, and risks
  • Ensure project risks are managed, and communicate risks and implications to management as appropriate
  • Measure team's performance and publish project status and appropriate metrics
  • Analyse feasibility and cost of NPD propositions to lead the team and business unit general managers to go/no-go decisions
  • Act as "the voice of reason" at executive-level steering committee for product launch & scope decisions (includes a high frequency of presentations)
  • Work with team to identify and execute cost savings opportunities
  • Centralised contact between Operations (Contract Mfg, Procurement, Logistics, Planning, Quality) and Business Units (Marketing, General Management, Brand Experience)
  • Serve as lead and conduit between business and operational functions for new product launches as well as the base business product portfolio
  • Ensure priorities of business units are being anticipated and satisfied by operational functions and develop partnerships when needed to resolve operational issues or opportunities
  • Partner with operational functions to identify strategic opportunities to improve service and reduce cost across business units and execute those strategic projects within the business
  • Contribute to and champion evolution of process for developing and commercializing new products
  • Ensure process and tools are understood and applied by cross-functional teams
  • Identify opportunities to improve the process

Skills & Experience

  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • Previous experience in a Project Management environment - FMCG
  • Experience setting up projects and managing until launch or completion
  • Familiar with cross functional, cross departmental and multi-cultural environment in a matrix organisation
  • Experience in operations, R&D, Innovation
  • Commercially driven with a proven track record of delivering proactive and reactive plans assessing cost and benefit
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate data against key indicators, to monitor programs, projects and plans to set targets.
  • Demonstrates a continuous improvement mindset and dynamic approach
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet financial targets and experience of budget preparation
  • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills

Client information
Our client is a leading FMCG business based in Twickenham.

£45k - £50k + Benefits

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