Project Leader

Job Title: Projects Leader
Reporting to: NPI Manager
Role Objective: Provide project and administrative support for New Product Introductions across the full project lifecycle of products, ensuring projects are delivered on time, to cost and quality requirements.

Responsibilities

New Product Introduction
• Working with the NPI Manager:
o Select correct project type and layout high-level gateway timing
o Select standard Company Project Management tools and generic documentation and set up for each project (Gateway tracker, Issues tracker, Project Deliverables, etc.)
o Prepare and regularly monitor the progression of detailed project timing, cost and resource plans, ensuring visibility of status to project team members – escalating if needed to enact appropriate inputs
o Present a monthly overview of project performance against time / cost / quality
o Manage project requirements, compile inputs and contribute to weekly project review meetings with stakeholders
• Determine and ensure project specifications are correctly documented by project team within an Alcon standard project documentation folder structure and standard documents
• Ensure that project issues are clearly defined, and correct team members and timing are assigned to enable on-time, on-cost, on-quality delivery
• Drive project issues to a robust closure with the project team members within the agreed time, cost, quality targets, escalating as necessary
• Ensure that project changes (including scope changes) are reviewed by stakeholders and ensure that approvals are sought to move from agreed prior approved position – escalating as necessary
• Identify project risk issues using prior lessons learnt datasets, ensuring timely actions to mitigate, including escalating of issues when necessary
• Attend and drive regular review meetings with project teams to discuss progress of each project that is running

EOR Process
• Ensure that enquiries submitted by Sales function adhere to process, providing guidance where needed to ensure clarity of enquiry is captured within document input to engineering
• Work with data owners (Engineering, Production Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, MP&L as appropriate) to ensure correct, accurate, input is made into enquiry documents to allow informed decision making from senior team on acceptance / rejection of enquiry to allow sales to provide necessary customer timely feedback
• Ensure enquiry register is kept up to date, ensuring that task owners complete actions in the relevant time and to the expected standards
• Drive issues for discussion and review to enable enquiries for sign-off approval by senior group to meet required deadlines
• Provide weekly enquiry summary status reports to project team reviews

Process improvement activities
• Regularly review project and enquiry processes to ensure any opportunities to reduce administrative work-load within the group are proposed through modifications to process and use of standardized generic approaches and data sets
• Use and develop project documentation – For example; Project deliverables and gateway project methodology to break down the project into stages, monitoring and driving project progression with speed, accuracy and elimination of errors
• Generate and propose ideas for improvements to company systems or processes as appropriate

The candidate
• Previous Project Engineering experience within an Automotive or Engineering environment
• Ideally Degree qualified within an Engineering/Automotive discipline
• Minimum of 2 years experience of using MS Project, Excel and MS Office
• Some CAD experience would be beneficial
• Demonstrable problem-solving abilities
• Experience in identifying risk and risk mitigation
• Effective verbal and written communication skills; experience of liaising with Director level stakeholders
• Good commercial awareness regarding contracts and budgets
• Experience in implementing new processes and efficiencies
• Solid organisational skills and attention to detail
• Willingness to work out of hours (on occasion), if required
• Occasional travel to other UK based sites (if required)

Hours
Monday to Thursday: 08:00 – 17:00
Fridays: 08:00 – 13:00

Our values

The Alcon spirit is tantamount to believing in the Group’s five founding values – teamwork, performance, quality, communication and innovation – which we have honed throughout our history and tailored to our specific areas of expertise. Our people bring these values to life wherever they come from and whatever business line they work in.

Our people

We’re committed to creating a working environment where our people are able to be at their best. We believe that everyone within our team should have the chance to grow – academically, professionally and socially. Our relationship with our employees is built upon shared values of respect, trust and dialogue.