Location: USA - Sandy Run
Function: R&D
Start of employment: ASAP

Creation date: 22 Oct 2018
Job Code: Product Development – Project Leader

Product Development – Project Leader

Job title:  Product Development – Project Leader


Job location: Sandy Run, South Carolina


Package: Competitive + benefits 


About us:


Devro is a FTSE listed company listed company and a global leader in the supply of collagen-based biomaterials, used in a wide variety of consumer products.  Our operational reach is international with manufacturing facilities in Scotland, USA, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Australia and China, and a commercial presence in many more countries. We employ over 2,000 people worldwide whose skills and knowledge range from chemical and electrical engineering to food technology, manufacturing and everything in-between.


About our role: 


Our Global Product Development team are responsible for evaluating product development proposals, preparing detailed project charters and plans to deliver new products that meet market needs.  Product Development projects range from relatively simple design alterations to provide customised solutions to research and development of novel products supported by new technologies, systems and processes.  


Product Development is at the heart of our Group strategy and a core feature in each of our Must Win Battles.  We’re looking for someone with the depth of experience required to fully understand and capture our customer need and application to define problem and scope. 


Once you have this, you will then need the gravitas to manage interdisciplinary teams to design and deliver tailored solutions that address needs, and finally liaising with supply chain and commercial colleagues to ensure effective product handover and launch. 


In the role you will be responsible for the supervision, coaching and mentoring Technologists and Technicians, as well as reporting project progress, risks, issues and mitigation/resolution activities to senior management.  The final part of your role will be to provide technical support and contribute to projects to improve existing product designs and resolve manufacturing/quality issues.


What our role offers you:


  • Devro has a great reputation as an exciting place to do science and we are recognised as global leaders in what we do.  As such, you will have the opportunity to learn from our multi-disciplinary team of global experts, enhancing all that you have learned in a highly commercial environment.  
  • The role offers you a great mix of scientific, project management, people and commercial responsibilities that will challenge you daily, with the right level of support to allow you to thrive.
  • As the most senior product development role in the Americas, you will have the opportunity to influence senior management and shape the future success of the department. 
  • You will be able to build close working relationships with our customers to help solve their problems and in turn see the results of your hard work.
  • We have a strong track record of providing opportunities to develop and being a global business with a manufacturing presence in four continents, you will have the opportunity to take up secondments in other locations around the world.



About you:


Due to the technical nature of the role, you will be qualified to a minimum of degree level in a relevant field, such as: physical / biological / food / applied science and technology or engineering discipline.   Specialist knowledge of collagen / protein chemistry or meat processing would be a distinct advantage.  


Further to academic qualifications, you will have significant experience of leading product development projects within a food processing or manufacturing environment with comparable responsibilities to those outlined above. You will be able to demonstrate effective project management skills and discipline and will be comfortable using technology and bespoke software to deliver on time and to budget.


You will bring with you excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.  Analytical by nature, you will have strong problem solving abilities, with a track record of collaboration, innovation and creativity.  That said, you will have the depth of character and cultural awareness to challenge the status quo as required.Due to the global nature of the role you will be expected to be flexible with your time and standard duties, including occasional travel.  A full driver’s licence is required.


What next?


If this sounds like a role that you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you.  Please e-mail me a copy of your CV, along with a cover letter explaining the four or five key things that you could bring to the role. You can reach me on:  Emily.Harvin@devro.com 

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