Banner Default Image
Back to job search

Project Manager

Akton Recruitment are on the lookout for a Project Manager in the Taunton area. The company are a large manufacturer of special purpose machinery and are market leaders in their field.
Summary of Position
  • Responsible for the day to day management of projects involving the development and manufacture of their machines.
  • Primary focus on external machine build projects.
  • Ensuring compliance to the companies Project Management Policy developed in conjunction with APM core principles.
  • Management of the complete project lifecycle
  • Development of machine build sub-suppliers and suppliers of key components to drive continuous improvement to meet the company growth strategy.
  • Focus on Quality, Cost and Delivery
  • Build a high level continuous improvement and employee engagement culture across project teams and project stakeholders.
  • Ensure the voice of the customer is understood and acted upon throughout the project teams
  1. Management of Machine build projects in-line with the company project management policy (aligned with APM structure)

    1.a  Planning Stages:  including Project charter/Scope, Success & Benefits
           Management, Stakeholder Management, Value Management, Project
           Management Plan, Risk Management, Quality Management

    1.b  Executing the Project:  Scope Management, Scheduling (MSP), Resource
           Management, Change Control, Project Reporting, Issue Management.
  2. Management of other company based projects as designated by the Operations Manager.
  3. Management of multi-disciplinary project teams throughout the project life cycle.
  4. In-conjunction with the project cost controller track all project budgets throughout the lifecycle, reporting risks and applying the correct mitigation actions to avoid margin erosion.
  5. Manage the meeting governance requirements for each designated project in-line with the company project management policy.
  6. Stakeholder management across the business to ensure project success.  Including securing co-operation with department leads for project resource.
  1. Working in-conjunction with purchasing and the Operations Manager for the preparation of supplier agreements for sub-contractor machine builds.
  1. Working in-conjunction with purchasing, the Stores Team Leader & Customer Service to ensure part supply, free issue and works orders are on-time to meet project deadlines.
  1. Develop and implement a culture of cost awareness, budget control and tracking for each project.  Working closely with the project cost control function within the Finance department.
  1. Participating at customer meetings to present project up-dates and machine sign-off activities (FAT, SAT)
  2. Reporting project(s) status at a weekly management steering committee.
  3. Prepare project related KPI data and reporting to an agreed format for the Operations Managers monthly report for Senior Management Meetings
  4. Part of the team including the cost controller and internal projects manager for the preparation and maintenance of the master production schedule covering all machine builds including future pipeline.
  5.  Along with a resource plan, Ensure every project has a Microsoft Project  
     timing plan for tracking and controlling the critical path.
  6. Supplier development of machine build sub-contractors for continuous improvement in quality cost and delivery.
  7.  Drive right first time quality across sub-supplier machine build projects and 2nd tier component supply to these projects.
  8.  In conjunction with the Operations Manager and purchasing support to   
     identify, qualify and develop alternative supplier resource.
  1. Play an active role as a member of the operations leadership team to deliver continuous improvement activities.
  1. Physical characteristics required of the job role
     (e.g. health, appearance, strength, bearing)
Essential characteristics
·         Smart active and professional
·         Clear and articulate
·         Positive and proactive
Desirable characteristics
  1. Attainments required e.g. level of education, qualifications, experience
Essential attainments
·         Minimum of 3years experience in a mechanical engineering role preferably with a project/project management focus.

·         Experience in leading a multidiscipline project teams

·         Working knowledge of operations processes

·         Engineering Experience (min HND qualification)

Desirable attainments
·         Degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering

·         APM Qualification in Project Management.

·         Experience in large machine manufacture or large engineering based project businesses.

·         Global purchasing/supplier development experience.

·         Working understanding of continuous improvement lean tools.

·         Setting and managing supplier/sub-contractor contracts
  1. Special Aptitudes
      E.g. mechanical understanding, manual dexterity, ability to use words or numbers, use of
      computers, ability to think conceptually and to solve problems, artistic flair.
·         Ability to read drawings and determine product/component quality conformance to the drawing.

·         Fully computer literate.  Microsoft office and project management IT Tools  (i.e. MSP), SAGE (or equivalent)
  1. Behavioural competencies, e.g.:
-              ability to either drive through change (self reliance, challenging/determination) or adapt to change (flexibility);
-              ability to get the job done (attention to detail, decisiveness and organisation and planning ability);
  • ability to work with others to get job done (communication/influencing skills, team working skills/customer focus);
Essential level of competency
·         Good communicator at all levels within the business
·         Able to lead a team
·         Ability to set and drive target achievement
·         Ability to assess risks and agree mitigation actions
·         Ability for stakeholder negotiation
·         Creative and enthusiastic
·         Good people management skills
·         Drive, determination
Desirable level of competency
  1. Circumstances
(i.e. any special demands of the job, such as ability to work unsociable hours, travel abroad, driving etc.)
·         Flexible in approach to working hours
·         Must accept a limited travel requirements to UK and overseas suppliers and customers.
If you would like to apply to this position please send over your CV to
Back to job search