Job Details


Project Manager

Ref: HM1335 Salary: £Attractive pkge Contract Type: ContractLocation: Folkestone

Skill Set

Project Management, Supply Chain,

Project Manager


This is an exciting new instruction for a Project Manager with a global manufacturing client and key employer in the area and is being presented on a 20 month fixed term contract basis.


The Key Factors:

Ideal background we are seeking in order to meet the challenges of the role would be FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), ie. personal care/ pharma/manufacturing.

Sadly, applicants with purely construction, highways or rail sector experience, are not considered suitable for this position.

We are looking for a minimum of 2 years in a Project Management.

Qualified by experience acceptable, although a Prince2 or PMP qualification considered highly desirable.

Line management experience is also desirable, so if you have this, please ensure it is reflected in your CV.


The Role:

To achieve client objectives for organic growth, it is important that the New Product Development is effectively and efficiently delivered on time, in full and on cost.

The role involves the professional project management of new product launches and product changes for a portfolio of projects.

Leading cross functional teams in Europe and other international organisations, you will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects from initial feasibility through to launch implementation.

This role will also include management of R & D and Supply Chain projects across this European organisation.


Responsible For:

You will have responsibility for operational task management of the project teams that you manage but no direct line management responsibility.  To be successful you need to manage the team effectively.

You must be able to demonstrate good communication with team members and effective team building and human interrelationships



The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for driving project “on time, in full and on cost” delivery.

Overall project leadership for a portfolio of projects across several brands, working to a Stage Gate process.

Taking responsibility of the project following Stage Gate charter approval or for Discovery projects following handover, by the Innovation team, into industrial feasibility.

Facilitate the definition of project goals, objectives, scope, milestones and deliverables.

Ensuring full feasibility analyses (technical and business assessment) are conducted to include all aspects of the project (not just cost).

Define project tasks and resource requirements with the project team and resource management.

Develop the full scale schedule and the subsequent management of the project against that schedule.

Ensure project risks are assessed, managed and mitigated as part of the project plan. 

Review risks and changes in risk status as part of routine progress reporting.

Project progress reporting both in written reports and presentations at all levels within the organisation – both in Europe and internationally.

Change management & change control including the escalation of change issues that impact on the project fundamentals of time, cost, quality and scope.

Coordinate creation of Master Data to ensure that new products are set-up, live and costed on the SAP system on time.  For in-house produced products, responsibility for seeing that Bills of Material are created, approved and loaded in a timely manner.

Manage smooth transition from project to on-going production; release meetings, including Quality department, to be held for all NPD projects.

Project evaluation, assessment and communication of results


Skills and Knowledge:

Proven experience in Innovation and development projects, particularly within the FMCG sector, to achieve successful project outcomes

Ability to manage complex cross functional projects

Experience in managing and mitigating risk.

Project Management: External certification (e.g. IPMA, APM, PMI, Prince2) preferable and experience with MS Project essential. 

Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills

Effective communicator at all levels. Good presentation skills and ability to conduct effective meetings and presentations with large teams.

Bias for Action, with a professional and positive approach - a can do attitude with a willingness to go the extra mile when required

Dynamic, self-motivated and self sufficient

Ability to cope with pressure, assertive and adaptable


Special Relationships:

The Project Manager will work closely with colleagues in the European R&D team, which comprises the Innovation team, Product and Packaging Development teams and the Project Management Office.

Working closely with UK & French Supply chain, Marketing, Sales both Domestic and Export, Purchasing and IT teams to implement new product launches effectively.   T

his includes ensuring that implications of the launch are acted upon (e.g. product discontinuations / material write-offs, shared component reduced volume viability).

Interaction with International colleagues to provide information and advice on potential new projects, including input into regular global conference calls.

Collaboration with US PMO team to share experiences and learning to build and implement global processes.


Health and Safety:

To ensure oneself and the Department are aware of, understands and follows all Company Health & Safety instructions - accident/incident reporting, PPE, first aid, etc.

To report any accidents, near misses or hazard observations to the Health & Safety Manager or Line Manager.


Languages / other

English with fluent French an advantage

Driving licence

Must be prepared to travel in UK and overseas


Salary & Benefits:

Our client is offering a favourable salary & benefits package

9% matched pension contribution.

24 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays)

Health cash plan

Company performance relate bonus

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm with an early finish on a Friday.


To apply please send an up to date CV asap to



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Consultant Details

For further information on this opportunity please contact:

Heather Morgan

Tel: 01303 220844


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