Manufacturing Project Manager

Andy File Associates Limited is working as a Recruitment Agency on behalf of our client with regards to this permanent position

“Our client, a software company is looking for a Project Manager (from a manufacturing background) to use their extensive project management skills to manage the implementation of projects in respect of the company’s warehouse management system products”


As a manufacturing project manager, you use project management skills to coordinate project timelines, schedules, and equipment and ensure that safety guidelines are met, and potential risks are eliminated. You may also provide project status reports to clients and handle any changes to project plans.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

  • Responsible for implementation and project management of production processes and procedures, leading productivity improvements with project based activities
  • Managing KPIs and ensuring preventative actions are taken to maximise success
  • Work on many phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting project completion
  • Work under general supervision, reviewed at project milestones and on completion by Senior Management

Key Responsibilities

  • General and Task Management
  • Identify manufacturing needs
  • Design new systems and processes and provide facilities & methods to ensure the cost-effective production and delivery
  • Ensure all product and system requirements are taken into account from the initial product conception to the finished result
  • Generating production documentation such as assembly instructions
  • Ensure product and process quality meets specifications required in conjunction with regulatory standards within the regions that the product will be deployed in
  • Support the tender process for equipment to ensure the best quality for the best price
  • Improve manufacturing efficiency by analysing and planning manufacturing & delivery
  • Support and continuous lead improvement, problem-solving and process improvement activities
  • Carry out FMEAs, (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) process documentation and implement improvements
  • Investigate production and process issues providing technical support and training
  • Keep up with current and developing engineering trends
  • Undertake special projects as required
  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities
  • Quality control of work by appropriate reviews
  • Support and lead process improvement activities
  • Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients
  • Achieve goals within budget
  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • Plan projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented
  • Manage the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Produce written reports and make presentations
  • Undertake continuous training and development
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems

People Management

  • Lead and support technicians and trainee engineers
  • Train people within own workgroup
  • Supervise sub-contractors
  • Relationship Management
  • Liaise and communicate with other departments, customers, suppliers and other service providers
  • Be an influential team member, working with supervisor and colleagues to ensure a smooth workflow with maximum output


  • Comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Assertive, resilient and welcomes change
  • Engages interest and participation of others and has a collaborative approach to working together
  • Actively committed to the team’s development
  • Is optimistic and self-aware
  • Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings
  • Self-motivated, flexible, proactive and committed
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Skills and Attributes

  • Independently determines approach and assigned tasks
  • Understanding manufacturing processes
  • Understanding engineering, scientific and other technical information
  • Strong problem-solving skills and logical approach
  • Controlling the master file of new and existing product development
  • Preparing and completing action and time plans for NPD, developing detailed project plans (e.g. showing human resources, time and cost requirements)
  • Identify resources and assign responsibilities
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the project(s)
  • Ensures project documents are complete, current, and appropriately stored
  • Managing and contributing to new product development meetings
  • Liaising with company departments, customers, suppliers and partner organisations to expedite projects
  • Resolving problems and issues related to product development
  • Evaluating product launches
  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of multiple projects
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget
  • Assist in defining project scope and objectives, involving all relevant internal stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques
  • Measure performance using appropriate project management tools and techniques
  • Report and escalate to management as needed
  • Manage the relationship with the client and relevant stakeholders
  • Meet with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project
  • Track project performance, specifically to analyse the successful completion of short and long-term goals
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients and other staff members, including warehouse, sales team, purchasing department and demand manager
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills
  • Create and deliver project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Works closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project(s)
  • Motivating the team of people involved in the project
  • Coordinating work done by different people
  • Report regularly to management and the client
  • Close the project – including evaluating successes and challenges to enhance learning for your next project
  • Managing post-launch meeting analysing sales data, complaint and query received and further plan for launched products
  • Coordinate NPD-Sales meeting, chaired by buyers between sales/marketing and discuss new products, launch date and sales/promotional documents
  • Ensure the samples for new products have been requested by the Sales Manager
  • Ensure the relevant technical photos; artworks are uploaded to NAV during product development

Qualifications and Experience Levels

  • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree preferred, A Levels, ONC, City & Guilds level 3, BTEC National Diploma Level 3, IVQ Technician Diploma, or equivalent NVQ level 3 qualification
  • Professional accreditation with an industry related body would be advantageous
  • Ability to design processes and layouts
  • Experience in a high volume manufacturing environment, preferably automotive
  • Experienced with several systems, expert in at least one area and working knowledge of several other areas of specialisation
  • Must have PM qualifications – PRINCE2, SIX SIGMA and used processes like lean & agile



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