NPD Project Manager - Atom Brands

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  • Tonbridge  
    £25,000 to 27,000 p/a  
  • Company
    Atom Brands  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    5 September 2018  
    Posted on
    7 August 2018  

About us

Atom Brands is the product development and manufacturing business unit within Atom Group which also includes Maverick Drinks (UK distribution) and Master of Malt (global online retail). Our brands include Ableforth’s (Bathtub Gin), That Boutique-y Whisky Co, That Boutique-y Gin Co, The Blended Whisky Co, Origin Single Botanical Gin, The Handmade Cocktail Co, 1897 Quinine Gin and Darkness!

In the last 5 years, our brands have won dozens of global awards (World’s Best - Blended Whisky, Blended Malt, Grain Whisky, Liqueur, Gin, Spiced Rum & Pre-mixed Cocktail - many on multiple occasions) regularly triumphing in blind tastings against some of the world’s largest and longest-established products from businesses three orders of magnitude larger than ours. This speaks to our no-compromise approach to creation and crafting. We make the best - we don’t work backwards from price-points or seek to ‘fill gaps’.

Job purpose

To manage projects and develop products and packaging by working with the NPD team to ensure a successful delivery of new and existing products, from conception all the way through to launch

Essentials of the job

  1. Responsible for identifying product specification requirements and ensuring that products meet technical, price and production parameters and are correctly costed.

  2. Within the team, assist in the management of new product specifications and design briefs.

  3. Manage multiple projects to tight timelines and to critical paths across a range of product formats.

  4. Act as an integral link between departments to ensure communication is incredibly strong and that all the relevant people are informed and working to aligned timelines.

  5. Agree production deadlines, launch timelines and prioritisation of product launches.

  6. Take responsibility for coordinating product processes in the department, including but not limited to: time integrated plans, pricing, sampling and determining product specifications.

  7. Develop plans to improve existing procedures to improve service, participating in interdepartmental working groups and planning meetings.

  8. Build and maintain excellent, ongoing relationships with contacts/colleagues to get the best out of them.

  9. Communicate product visions and timelines clearly, and manage the implementation of new projects.

  10. Involvement in the conception of products at the earliest stage, meeting with NPD management and determining the viability of a product including (but not limited to) pricing/profit margin aspects.

  11. Maintain an overview of the marketing/branding strategies of product launches.

  12. Seek developmental feedback of existing products/launches and be actively involved in customer/market feedback across products. Gathering data and appraising existing products including the optimisation of pricing.

  13. Attend events/conferences, meet with producers and liaise with retailers in order to predict upcoming trends and new product opportunities. Feedback research to NPD management team.

Experience, skills and qualifications

  • Solid industry experience in product management and project management

  • Experience in dealing effectively with multiple stakeholders

  • Demonstrable experience in improving processes and procedures

  • Strong numeracy skills, with minimum grade B in Maths GCSE or equivalent, and preferably with Maths ‘A’ level or broadly equivalent - for example, a BTEC in Economics

  • Extremely strong time management and organisation skills, with the ability to work across multiple tasks and projects

  • Excellent research skills

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be polite, charming, and respectful in emails and via telephone calls

About you

  • Strong personal interest in spirits

  • Meticulous eye for detail

  • Confident in your ability to chase, follow up and move projects forward

  • Charming, persuasive and generally great at getting the best out of people in the way you conduct working relationships

  • Great team player, comfortable working with agile, small teams

  • You thrive and work well under pressure

Why work for us?

Other than the standard benefits you expect to see from a business (think pension, cycle-2-work scheme, free eye care vouchers, childcare vouchers) we also offer...

  • Flexible working We’re focussed on productivity and will work with you to make sure you’re happy with how you work.

  • Free food A hungry worker is not a happy worker. We stock our kitchens with what you need to get you through the day.

  • Free fancy coffee George Clooney endorsed, no less...

  • A relaxed working environment There are no suits and ties here (unless you insist).

  • A challenge The opportunity to make a difference to the future of the business. It is our people who put us in the 2017 Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

  • Personal Days Seven completely flexible personal days on top of your annual leave, because we all need a duvet day from time to time.

  • A healthy staff discount on our world-class range. Just in case that makes a difference.

  • (Un)healthy irreverence National pizza/doughnut/pie/lemonade/etc day? We got it covered.

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