PLC Project Manager

The Project Manager (PM) will manage the end to end launches of existing and/or line extension products into both existing and new markets globally to include new packaging opportunities and regulated changes to existing products. They will work closely across all functions to ensure effective management, implementation and launch of all the projects that they either managing from the outset of the activity approval or form part of the wider cross functional project team and will be responsible for the SCO actions that are within the implementation & launch stage of a project.

Key Responsibilities

• Responsible for the effective Project Management & Implementation for Product Commercialisation (product rollout of an existing/line extension product), Promotional Activity (e.g. clipstrips/IRC), Merchandisers (e.g. SRP), Artwork Changes and Discontinuations at the outset of the activity approval. These projects are all part of the Portfolio Management Process (PMP).

• For all PMP projects that Project Manager leads, at a top-line level, the PM will be responsible for the following actions:

- Raises the CC’s for the projects that they are responsible for managing.

- Develops with the input from the cross functional team the overall project timeline and manages the project timeline to achieve agreed launch timings

- Manages and ensures cross-functional co-ordination to deliver the project within the agreed timescales, ensuring executional excellence

- Escalation of the project risks to the relevant stakeholders.

- Ensures the management of change within SCO, working closely with planning, production and the wider team.

• For NPD/ NPC/ Component/ Supplier change, the PM will form a key part of the wider cross functional project team and will be only responsible for part of the SCO actions within the implementation & launch stage of a project.

• Responsible for managing the discontinuation process, ensuring the below activities are completed within an adequate timeframe:

- New materials are created

- New artworks are ready within agreed timeframe

- Work with Planning and Purchasing to define run-out strategy

- Ensure Zone agreement to run-out plan

- Residual components/finished goods are written off and scrapped

• Define and implement best practice processes for the discontinuation of a material, ensuring all relevant departments requirements are met in a timely manner 


Person Specification

 Education / Qualifications

• Educated to degree level or higher


Skills & Experience


• Experience in working in Marketing & Sales arena launching products on time and in full to successfully achieve product launch targets

• Strong demonstrable Project Management skills and experience

• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

• Knowledge and experience working with ERP systems – SAP

• Ability to identify and develop new processes and systems

• Proven experience of managing small project teams

• Proven experience of implementing best practice processes

• Experience in working in a production environment similar to a Financial/Production planning role, scheduling role or purchasing role

• Strong IT / Analytical skills

• Proven influencing skills


• Strong knowledge of Microsoft office (intermediate excel; SharePoint)

• Computer literate (knowledge of reporting tools such as Business Objects would be a distinct advantage)

• Detail knowledge of how to construct a BOM and the importance of each field in the Master Data file; including, understanding of costing, production (routes and batch sizes), and MRP planning systems 



• Strong attention to detail

• Must be able to work in a methodical manner

• Self-starter and complete finisher

• Must be a natural project thinker and be skilled at quickly identifying the full set of tasks required for each project

• Highly proactive, somebody who thrives on making things happen