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We are looking for a Project Manager who will be working within a multidisciplinary Operations team. This role will require you to have extensive attention to detail and following process and policy for each project will be paramount. You should be a confident communicator who has a passion for delivering next generation products that drive innovation, and challenge the status quo. This is a fast-paced environment and we’re looking for someone who can work collaboratively with our NPI, R&D and Manufacturing teams, in addition to external partners.


The role

  • Reporting to the Director of Supply Chain and Procurement at our office in Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • As the key point of contact both internally and externally for the operational delivery of New Product Introduction, you will focus resources to ensure the timely delivery of projects from our R&D teams, to our NPI facilities in Austria and ultimately to our contract manufacturer based in China for mass production.
  • You will create systematic project plans that drive innovation and support the companies long term goal
  • Create and maintain Statement of Works (SoWs) for our contract manufacturer to accurately capture all of our technical, commercial and quality requirements by liaising with internal WaveOptics teams.
  • Ensuring projects are transferred on time, on cost at our key contract manufacturer.
  • Form and manage the relevant project resources ensuring appropriate communications and planning
  • Ensure each project progresses successfully through each stage by interacting with suppliers and internal teams
  • You will establish key strategic partnerships that allow you to troubleshoot and push boundaries
  • Support successful project handover when necessary to our team in China for start of production (SOP), including relevant documentation
  • Implement systems and processes that implement quality
  • Support the implementation of product quality in processes and systems developed
  • Utilising commercial understanding to form key decision making
  • Calculate risk in each project and proactively manage this risk ensuring corrective action is taken to minimise impact to deadlines
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, managers and peers
  • Monitor and control project finances including expenditure and invoicing. First point of review for all cost models relating to Waveguides from our contract manufacturer

What we like to see

  • A degree in a STEM subject, preferably Engineering or Physics
  • Experience delivering projects in an engineering setting
  • Ability to influence and encourage others to be accountable to correct processes and policies, including key stakeholders
  • A confident communicator with strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with Contract Manufacturers/Suppliers
  • Ability to solve problems and find innovative solutions
  • Ability to negotiate and manage supplier partnerships
  • Experience exploring and generating new ideas to find new ways of working
  • A project management qualification, e.g., PRINCE2, would be desirable

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