Global NPD Project Manager (MAT Cover, 12 Month FTC)

The Global NPD Project Manager (GNPD PM) will manage the Nelsons overall portfolio; including process and prioritisation of resources, to ensure Nelsons delivers the right mix of product upgrades, roll outs and NPD to deliver our growth strategy. By 2022 Product Innovation is expected to deliver over 15% of Nelsons total value sales.

The GNPD PM will work closely across all functions to ensure effective project management, implementation and launch of all projects This includes direct management of New Product Development (NPD), New Product Variance (NPV) and New Product Commericalisation (NPC) projects and also indirect management of implementation projects.

The GNPD PM is a critical role within the organisation and will be responsible for helping to shape and deliver our portfolio strategy, encouraging executional excellence across all our projects.


 Key Responsibilities

• Portfolio Management Process (PMP) Process Owner, responsible for the oversight of all projects that are being managed via the PMP process.

• To work closely across all functions to ensure effective project management, implementation and launch of all the projects.

- Directly responsible for the effective project management, implementation and executional excellence for all New Product Development/ / New Product Variant / New Product Commercialisation (complex) and Component Supplier change projects at the outset of the activity approval.

- Oversee the PLC team leader to ensure effective prioritisation, project management & implementation for all Product Commercialisation (product rollout of an existing product), Promotional Activity (e.g. clip strips/ IRC), Merchandisers (e.g. SRP), Artwork Changes and Discontinuations

• Act as project lead for specific PMP projects, ensuring that:

- Form effective cross functional project teams

- Develop, with the input from the cross functional team, the overall project timeline and manage the project timeline to achieve agreed launch timings

- Manages and ensures cross-functional co-ordination to deliver the project within the agreed timescales

- Escalation of the project risks to the relevant stakeholders

- Work with Subject Matter Experts to resolve projects risks/ issues and determine next steps

- Liaise and coordinate with SCO, R&D, Finance, QA and Regulatory teams to ensure that all project objectives are met on time

- Work with the PLC to ensure a smooth transition from the implementation phase to final delivery of product

• To ensure that all projects are managed within the PMP with the aim to deliver executional excellence across all projects

• Lead bi-weekly NPD project team meetings focusing on all relevant project development activities necessary to meet the objectives. Document all project actions and ensure that they are followed up and completed by team members between meetings.

• Ensure that all Gate Documents templates are completed & adhered to

• Ensure that costs are monitored throughout the project life cycle – both development costs and projected cost of goods to ensure that budget and margin constraints are adhered to at all times.

• Highlight potential resource problems / implications of the overall programme such that appropriate priorities can be decided upon. Communicate these as appropriate on a timely basis

• Maintain an active up-to-date status list of all PMP projects (project minutes/ timelines) 


Person Specification

Eduaction & Qualifications 

• Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent 


Skills and Experience 

The individual will be expected to manage multiple projects at any one point in time. As such they will need to demonstrate:

• Excellent project management skills including stage gate tools and techniques. Ability to develop project timelines within Microsoft Projects.

• Effective stakeholder management including high level influencing skills.

• Technical expertise, ensuring clarity of respective responsibilities and ability to ask probing questions to understand core issues

• Excellent organisational skills

• Solution orientated problem solver

• Logical thinker

• Ideally experience within the FMCG/ OTC category

• Strong Numeracy skills

• Strong team-building skills



• Collaborative and confident manner

• Hands on with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ approach

• Team player