Project Manager

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Job Details

Darlington, England Hybrid
£35,000 - £47,000 per annum - dependant on experience
Full-time - Permanent
Project Management
27 Sep 2021 - 00:00
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Hybrid Working

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Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI has an opportunity for an experienced Project Manager to join its existing and expanding team, working predominantly at our Darlington site (Biologics). The projects will include the development of processes and scaling up the next generation of complex therapeutics and personalised medicines such as vaccines and gene therapies. The successful candidate will work on a variety of projects in both CR&D and commercial areas, the projects will provide a positive impact on the UK’s healthcare, economy and environmental ecosystems.

As projects with CPI encompass a broad range of process technologies, novel measurement and analytical techniques as reflected in the diversity of our customers and their expertise. It’s essential that applicants are knowledgeable across one or more of these technologies.

Key responsibilities:

Manage and develop customer/​partner relationships from project authorisation and initiation through to project closure acting as the primary point of contact and ensuring regular communication and reporting of project progress versus the delivery contract.

Manage and deliver projects according to the agreed asset and resource plans, contracted deliverables, and the agreed scope. Engaging with customers to develop strong business relationships. Act as assurance for all reporting to the customer to ensure consistency and high quality.

Work closely with the project delivery teams and technical leads and their managers to ensure clear roles, responsibilities and objectives are defined, planned, and delivered successfully to meet the time, quality, and cost targets, realising measurable benefits and thereby ensuring satisfied customers to provide the foundation for repeat business.

Understanding of process, measurement science and/​or NPI development and how various factors influence the structure, duration, and delivery of projects together with the associated risk factors and the challenges facing the delivery teams.

Manage the financial performance of projects, utilising regular financial reports to monitor actual spend versus the quotation and forecast; Resolve spending anomalies and identify corrective actions to maintain profitability. Compliantly delivering public-funded projects through financial management, reporting detailed understanding of each project’s requirement.

Support business development activities such as bid-writing, contract agreement and customer visits.

Oversee the management of activities of the project delivery teams, supporting technical leads to ensure clear roles, responsibilities and objectives are defined, planned, and represent the customer ensuring deliverables are being completed to defined expectations (within the base-lined cost and time plan), first time to successfully deliver the contracted scope.

Raising, managing, and recording variations and updating the business case to support continued business justification for the project providing quotes for requested variations. Raise invoices promptly upon achievement of milestones and deliverables and confirming payment.

Execute the project lessons learnt process to maximise learning from all projects during and after the execution, carrying out an internal review with the delivery team and actively seeking feedback from the customer; implement any corrective actions to ensure continuous improvement. Seek repeat business from customers as part of the closure and review process. 

Contribute to the operation of the Project and Business Management teams, supporting the continuous development and improvement of project management processes.

The person we are seeking

Will be educated to Degree level (or equivalent) in an Engineering/​Science or Business-related subject with relevant industry experience. 

Demonstrate a technical background with experience of managing and controlling multiple project-based activities in Microsoft Project. With on-time delivery of technical, multi-disciplinary projects

Management of single projects in excess of £100K and adept in financial and project process. E.g., managing project budgets cost control and forecasting utilising labour and material resourcing

Be adept at managing and mitigating risk and have prior knowledge of project management best practices. 

With the ability to establish and build relationships across all functions and at all levels within the organisation

Financially adept; understand the concepts of budget control and is experienced in financial reporting (cost of sales, revenue, etc.) and is versed in using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint to communicate.

Experience in the requirements and reporting needs of public and private projects will be an advantage.

It is desirable but not essential that the jobholder has experience in developing and implementing projects in both the commercial and public environment.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and resilience skills are essential for the job holder to establish a good rapport with customers from an early-stage and to develop a strong and constructive relationship with the delivery team.

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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