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Project Launch Manager

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: Highly Competitive plus Benefits per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 17 days ago

Job title: Project Launch Manager 

Role: Permanent

Salary: Highly Competitive 

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Project, Launch, Manager, NPI, APQP, PPAP, Timing Plans, Commissioning, Assembly, Manufacturing 

Our client has more than 60 years of experience in their filed and is a leading manufacturer of flexible printed circuit connectors, flat foil & cable connectors, and electrical busbar & wire elements, for automotive heating and lighting applications

A Project Launch Manager is required with experience in leading large high end customer projects within the automotive arena being able to successfully launch products into manufacturing from design phase through all development and industrialisation activities, working closely with suppliers (material and equipment) being able to face of to the client/s in demanding situations. Candidates with experience of managing customer projects within the automotive manufacturing sector will be well received.

Due to the continued expansion of the clients portfolio with new projects and product range this Birmingham based 1st Tier Supplier requires a dynamic, hands on Project Launch specialist who can lead new product delivery on a permanent basis. As a Project Launch Manager, you will be required to:

  • Lead the management of designated projects, delivering agreed objectives including revenue, timing and deliverables.
  • Taking a project from conception to completion beng able to launch new products into a manufacturing arena. 
  • Having a strong understanding of APQP/PPAP activities. 
  • Being open and transparent, willing to support other team members and able to work in a small team environment.
  • Establish, maintain and manage strong working relationships with customers at appropriate levels
  • Act as primary point of contact to the customer related to the project
  • Ensure that any relationship threatening decisions, whether technical, operational, commercial or affecting programme delivery are communicated
  • Achieving programme deliverables
  • Project cost and timing
  • Progress reporting (internal & external)
  • Risk Management and Mitigation
  • Follow the business process to realise programme delivery and identify areas of improvement. 
  • Identify areas of change to work scope and control via change management

The Project Launch Manager should have the following skills or experience:

  • Typically 10+ years of project management experience managing multiple programmes simultaneously.
  • Degree level qualified in Management or preferably Engineering subject
  • Proven track record of personally leading programme delivery within a new product launch arena 
  • Strong appreciation of manufacturing processes and capital equipment involved with new product launch. 
  • Good understanding of APQP, PPAP, OEE, Project Planning and Problem solving (8D, 5Y, Six Sigma) 
  • Setting up full development plans from concept to production, and the associated gateways and kpi trackers.
  • Maintenance of timing and cost plans
  • Understanding of product development processes and the adaptability for size of project.
  • Experience in managing the customer
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft project as a minimum

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Project Manager. In return for your experience, this Birmingham based manufacturer will offer you:

  • Permanent Contract
  • 37.5 hour working week
  • Highly Competitive 
  • International travel
  • Pension - contributions from company are defined in the scheme:
  • 3% of base salary for first twelve months
  • 4% of my salary for second twelve months
  • 5% thereafter
  • Holidays - 22 days
  • Great working conditions

Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have knowledge of project managing within an engineering environment and want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Project Launch Manager role, please contact Kulbir Samra at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446105 or email:

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.