Project Manager NPD

Location Worthing
Discipline: Research & development
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Job ref: 005927
Published: about 2 months ago

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled Project Manager to join our highly experienced and fast-growing Research & Development team to help deliver key projects across Rayner’s New Product Development pipeline, covering implantable ophthalmic devices, delivery systems, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing processes.


We are looking for a driven and ambitious PM to work cross-functionally and build strong relationships with key members of the business across Operations, Production, Marketing, RA, QA, Validation and Finance as well as reporting project progress at regular Steering Meetings to Senior Management and the Executive Team.


You will be responsible for leading innovative new product development and process/product enhancement projects from concept to market launch.  Reporting into and working closely alongside the Head of NPD Projects, you will be accountable for the successful progress and completion of these exciting strategic projects.


Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Form, lead and inspire cross-functional project teams to deliver programs of related projects within Rayner’s wider project portfolio
  • Provide the link between teams at the UK Head Quarters and international locations
  • Own the creation and maintenance of Project Files including project plans, risk management, resource allocation, verification and validation, design transfer and other relevant documentation ensuring adherence to relevant international standards and regulations
  • Chair productive and focused project team meetings, communicate project status and escalate major issues/risks on a regular basis to Project Sponsors and Project Steering Committees ensuring objectives and progress are aligned to business needs


  • An experienced Project Manager with a proven track record of delivery to time, budget and quality objectives
  • An excellent communicator with a proven ability to manage key stakeholders across different levels of seniority, departments and countries both verbally and in writing
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic with good leadership skills and the ability to build strong relationships.
  • Able to lead and motivate others.
  • Able to stay calm and rational under pressure, bringing structure to complex situations
  • Strong at planning and organising, with good time management and strong attention to detail
  • Able to manage a demanding workload by prioritising tasks and projects
  • Willing to travel for work when required- nationally and internationally depending on project needs



  • Degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a relevant technical discipline
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working within project management and technical projects
  • Formal qualification in project management methodologies (e.g. Prince2, APMP, Agile etc)
  • Solid experience with Change Management, New Product Development and working in regulated environments
  • Proficient in the use of relevant Microsoft tools (e.g. Office, PowerPoint, Project, Teams)



  • Experienced in managing remote teams across multiple projects
  • Working in healthcare/pharma/medical devices industry
  • A working awareness of medical device regulations and the medical device directive (ISO13485, ISO11979, FDA QSR 21, CFR 820 etc.)
  • Experience with manufacturing sites integration
  • R&D program management experience
  • R&D or engineering people management experience

What you can expect from us: 

  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Global appreciation platform to recognise colleagues around the globe
  • Fantastic opportunity to work with highly talents teams and individuals and grow with the business
  • Exciting variety of engagement events like yoga, seat chair massages, Summerfest, quarterly Love to Learn events
  • Free on-site parking for all staff
  • On-site restaurant
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Being part of an organisation you can be proud to work for changing the lives of millions of people!