Job Purpose

Our team of scientists and engineers are developing the materials, technology, components and manufacturing methods to make variable focus lenses a practical reality for our hi-tech customers.

As a project manager, you will support a number of research and product development projects with work planning, progress reporting, supplier management and risk management; including acting as SCRUM master in an “Agile” development environment.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Work with the project teams to plan their workload to meet project milestones on a weekly, monthly and 6-monthly forecast.
  • Manage Agile development – run sprint planning and review meetings and daily SCRUM sessions.
  • Customer relationships – liaise with customers to understand their requirements and priorities and provide updates on project activity
  • Risk management – identify and assess potential problems, take action to minimise impact on the projects
  • Report on progress against project deliverables, timing and cost
  • Manage supplier relationships – set up non-disclosure agreements, contracts, purchase orders and ensure delivery of materials, components, equipment or services.


  • You have managed projects in a hi-tech industry, working with high tolerance precision devices such as medical devices, consumer electronics, optical systems or small electro-mechanical devices.
  • You are familiar with formal project management methodologies, but you also understand that working on new technologies is unpredictable and needs a flexible, pragmatic approach.
  • You’re a great problem solver, with experience of prioritisation, risk management and continuous improvement tools. Experience of “Agile” development in a hardware environment would be helpful.
  • You understand end-to-end product delivery from research to customer and you have seen the integration of the outcomes of scientific research with engineering design, manufacturing and supply chain (inbound and outbound)
  • You have worked with external customers, managing contractual deliverables
  • You have excellent communication skills – your written and verbal English is fluent and you produce concise, clear, high quality presentations and reports
  • You are a proficient user of Microsoft Office Applications, including Microsoft Project
  • You have worked in a regulated / ISO controlled environment - experience of ISO 13485, ISO9001 MDD and FDA 21 CFR regulations are desirable.


  • Educated to Degree level – ideally in a numerate discipline – science or engineering
  • PRINCE2 / APM / Agile SCRUM master or similar qualification

Other requirements / Information

  • Team player
  • Willing to constructively challenge team members to deliver stretching goals
  • Ability to see both the big picture and drill into detail
  • Highly organised, good at juggling competing priorities
  • Dealing with uncertainty: comfortable working with a large number of “unknowns” and high levels of project risk
  • Flexible and willing to learn
  • Positive, energetic and enthusiastic about new technologies
  • Keen to work in a fast-moving rapidly changing entrepreneurial environment
  • Eligible to work in the UK

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