Project Manager - Innovation
Manage the delivery of innovation projects from ideation through to market launch.
Assess the viability and feasibility of concepts against business objectives within the Princes framework.
Agree scope and create timelines of activity that deliver the quality, time, cost, design and other objectives and allocating the appropriate level of resources.
Manage to these timelines by collaborating and delegating activity across subject matter experts from different functions, identifying, any risks, solutions or changes to scope.
Proactive anticipation and root cause assessment of risks and issues to identify contingency and/or mitigation, escalating through defined PMO and governance processes.
Manage ambiguity by ensuring project teams take action to test new ideas and use feedback and results to shape project outcomes.
Provide positive challenge, whilst maintaining a focus on results.
Lead the agreement of team recommendations or decisions at key milestones, also ensuring a design led, creative mindset with focus on the customer and the end consumer.
Build and maintain relationships with colleagues and stakeholders including head office, manufacturing sites and suppliers and act as the primary point of contact for the project or portfolio.
Tracking and reporting of project deliverables, including plans, financial benefits, risks, assumptions, issues and decisions.
Provision of critical project information to stakeholders for project milestones/forums to enable effective decision making
Facilitation of post launch reviews, in collaboration with key stakeholders.
The end to end management of the allocated project portfolio.
Travel will be required in this role – up to 30% could be spent away from head office.
Qualifications/ Knowledge/ Experience
Thorough understanding of portfolio and project management practices and frameworks
Proven track record in managing the delivery of food & drink innovation projects
Solid experience in project planning tools and critical path management at project / portfolio level.
Solid financial management skills
Sound knowledge of problem solving and facilitation techniques
PMP / PRINCE II Practitioner certification
Team leadership experience
Previous exposure to insight / idea development frameworks & methods