Product Programme Manager - Retail - 3 months

London, Greater London, England
Job Type:
Business Transformation
Job reference:
26 days ago

Product Programme Manager - Retail - 3 months
Product Programme Manager - Retail - 3 months

The location of the role is London (hybrid remote working).

The pay rate on offer is open.

The client is a large, multinational high-street retailer.

Job purpose

Lead and manage the end to end Product Activity Plan for the client's Food Business. Programme manage, plan and govern all product activity for all functions including design, packaging and product development. Lead the project management and planning teams to ensure on time, efficient and successful deliver of all product activity

Key accountabilities and measures

Foods Product Plan

  • Lead, own and maintain the overall Product Activity Plan for the Food Business (our forward plan of all planned product development work and other significant product change activity)
  • Run the annual process for developing and signing off the Product Activity Plan, ensuring we develop a plan that delivers on our strategic priorities, maximises customer benefit, optimises financial returns and that aligns to our capacity to deliver
  • Line manage the project management and product activity planning teams
  • Ensure all stakeholders understand the processes for agreeing the Product Activity Plan and provide the right quality and completeness of inputs to the process at the right time
  • Develop tools and processes to model high level capacity impacts of product activity on internal teams, and ensure the plan aligns with available resources. Review capacity impacts on an ongoing basis with the central planning team as detailed critical path timescales are added to ensure the plan remains deliverable
  • Communicate out the plan to all relevant stakeholders and work with the Central Planning team, who oversee delivery of the plan, to put in place the appropriate mechanisms to ensure the plan is "locked down" and tracked and monitored against
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to ensure alignment of the Plan, SRD Plan, Trade Plan & Marketing Plan
  • Run the ongoing processes for governing the Plan and agreeing any changes to it throughout the year. Product Team Support
  • Act as the Programme Lead for the "Create Loved Products" strategic plan - including maintaining, tracking & reporting on plan delivery and KPI performance; managing risks & issues; managing interdependencies with other programmes etc
  • Create reports & communications to keep stakeholders informed of the plan and progress
  • Own the tracking of NPD KPIs and other agreed Product performance metrics. Work with the Product Director and team on reviewing any issues with performance and agreeing action plans to resolve
  • Lead the delivery of ad hoc projects for the Product team (e.g. implementation of new tools / ways of working)
  • Work with the Heads of Product to drive continuous improvement in Product Team processes and ways of working
  • Role model the business' behaviours at all times, and work to embed these both within your team and across the wider business

Key skills

  • Programme management within a product/product development function within retail / food retail / FMCG is preferred
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Ability to demonstrate strategic thinking and commercial acumen
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Highly organised
  • Advanced stakeholder engagement & influencing skills
  • Strong communication skills - both written and verbal
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with rapidly changing priorities
  • Self-starter and able to work independently
  • Microsoft applications including - Word / PowerPoint / Excel etc.
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