• Project Manager

    Direct and manage a range of product development projects for FFEI

Job title: Project Manager


Directing & managing product development projects for FFEI, ensuring development projects adhere to the defined standards of new product introduction (NPI) and deliver against the agreed quality, functionality, cost and time targets required for commercial success.

Leading the R&D delivery teams through consistent project managed developments.

Role scope:

To lead, organise, control and manage the performance of one or more projects and communicate effectively with both internal and external Customers and employees on a regular basis. To create competent project plans that fit FFEI’s business needs and to ensure that projects deliver to QCD targets.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • To lead one or more product development project team for FFEI, developing products which meets customer requirements within agreed project timescales and costs.

  • To create project plans and monitor and control performance against plan, quickly identifying obstacles and potential delays and ensuring that corrective action is taken.

  • To assemble a project team, ensuring all relevant skills and functions are represented as required, with appropriate individual objectives set and regular feedback provided on their activities, to maximise performance and motivation.

  • To ensure that team members build relationships with customers and suppliers to enable project goals to be achieved.

  • To bring up to date project management tools and techniques to monitoring and controlling the timely delivery of each project. This will include the continuous improvement and challenging of existing processes and practices and include using out-sourced services where appropriate to minimise costs and overheads.

  • To lead and coach team members in problem analysis, problem solving and project management techniques, liasing with the Programme Director regarding performance feedback of team members.

  • To identify areas of possible risk in each project and prepare plans to minimise such risk.

  • To plan and manage resources and budget for each project, understanding the cost drivers and how to maximise return on investment.

  • To establish relationships with third parties, as appropriate, and monitor, control and manage the performance of development work performed by them.

  • To forecast, plan, control and report on all aspects and phases of the project from inception to acceptance and hand-over.

  • To contribute to the development of extended and new business opportunities to existing and new customers by way of creation of and/or input to costed proposal submissions.

  • To ensure that the project team complies with all NPI process requirements and H&S procedures.

Role Scope:

This role will lead and influence resources of the FFEI R&D group and will interface strongly with FFEI Business Managers, and Executive Directors

The job holder will have managerial responsibility for staff on long and/or short term assignments and will have control over their activities.

This group of staff could be made up from several sources, e.g. direct reports from within R&D, Technical Consultants from elsewhere within FFEI, or from sub-contractors.

The job holder must be capable of motivating a team, or teams who may be working in adverse conditions, from different cultural backgrounds/environments, and who may be expected to produce complex solutions in tight timeframes.

Where employees from elsewhere in the organisation are assigned to the project, the Project Manager will in conjunction with the employees’ line manager, contribute towards objective setting, appraisal and review of those staff, and provide input and advice on their development and training.

For certain assignments, the Project Manager may have complete responsibility for the management of the staff under his control including their personal and career development and training.

The Project Manager will require all allocated resources to comply with standards or procedures which may be industry, FFEI or customer specific. It will be the responsibility of the Project Manager to monitor and ensure that these standards are met.

The job holder will report on all aspects of the project to line management, e.g. financials, progress, quality, and third party performance. Where relevant, the job holder will also be responsible for reporting project progress to customers, for obtaining timely customer sign-off for project completion or milestone achievement, and for ensuring timely billing and payment.

Person Specification:

Education, knowledge, skills & experience:

    • Graduate in appropriate discipline (probably of a science or technical nature)
    • Minimum of 7 years exposure and practice in high-tech R&D environments with previous team leadership and project management experience
    • Knowledge of Industry standard formal project management techniques with first hand experience in complex project plan construction and maintenance using Microsoft Project
    • Strong first hand knowledge of modern international best practice & benchmarks in R&D, Manufacturing and Project management with exposure to V model development process an advantage
    • A technical understanding of developing technologies appropriate to our business
    • Financially astute with direct understanding of risk analysis, cost control methodology, P&L and ROI issues
    • Awareness of manufacturing, R&D, customer service and marketing processes, sensitivities and terminology
    • General operational planning and budgeting skills with strong commercial awareness
    • The ability to communicate effectively with Customers and Senior Management in a confident and professional manner

Desirable experience:

    • Knowledge or use of formalised management techniques (PRINCE2 etc)
    • First-hand knowledge, understanding and experience of technologies appropriate to our business
    • An in-depth awareness of sales and marketing processes and the role they play in product development

Behavioural competences:

    • Hands-on leadership style and an ability to work with people
    • Effective team builder and team leader
    • Highly goal and results oriented
    • Big picture thinker with the ability to dive into detail where appropriate
    • Ability to take a tough stance where necessary
    • Perceptive problem evaluator and solver, logical and rational both in argument and proposal
    • Adaptive when dealing with different cultures
    • Able communicator, influencer and motivator
    • Creative and a facilitator who can encourage new ideas from others.
    • Strong delegation and very strong follow-up skills
    • High energy profile; enthusiastic and committed; demonstrates capacity for sustained effort and hard work over long time periods
    • Results orientated with a desire to ‘see things through’