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UK Programme Manager





Posted: 18/03/2023

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Refresco UK are part of the Refresco Group, the world's largest independent soft drink's manufacturer. We operate 78 sites globally, 6 sites in the UK - manufacturing some of the best known drink's brands in the world.

Programme Manager - Refresco UK - Based Head Office - Kegworth (East Midlands - just off J24 of the M1) 

Car allowance, competitive annual bonus and company pension contribution

Hybrid working

Refresco UK, the world's largest independent soft drinks manufacturer, seeks a Programme Manager, working out of our Kegworth Head Office on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire border. The role requires a high level of travelling to our different sites, so you could be based anywhere in the UK.  This is a pivotal role in project managing multiple, mult-million £ projects simultaneously across the 6 sites of Refresco UK. This is an outstanding, challenging , career opportunity for a qualified, experienced, programme or project manager with ideally FMCG, fast paced manufacturing or pharmaceutical industry sector exposure.

Refresco are fast paced, hugely customer driven, always looking to innovate, develop and improve what we do. We continue to invest heavily in our infrastructure even in these challenging times. We are friendly, open and approachable, and hugely supportive of each other. We have undergone high growth and high change over the past 5 years and expect to again double in size over the next 5 years, which will provide great career opportunity for all our colleagues. 

About the Role:

As Programme Manager you will report to the Refresco UK Head of Strategic Projects, your key internal stakeholders are the Refresco UK senior leadership team, the Site General Managers and Site Engineering Project Managers. You will need to deal with multiple external OEM / Contractors too. You will need to visit the different sites regularly, although how often and where will also be driven by the location of various projects. You will need to adhere rigorously to a 'Stage and Gate' project management process and framework and ensure all those involved in any project do so too.

You will already be an expert in project / programme management, and so will be familiar with the requirements of the role, but in the interests of transparency here are some of your key areas of focus:

Managing and co-ordinating multiple high-value engineering projects across the Refresco UK sites - typically 3 projects at any one time, up to the value of £35m.
Managing and owning the project management process for all major projects - organising steering meetings, facilitating the meetings, pulling together the agendas, pulling presentations together, communicating minutes and action points, chasing up action points and communicating future meetings and essentially progress of projects to senior management and stakeholders.
Manage all project documentation and the project risk register.
Maintain and communicate a visual project 'dashboard' summarising project status.
Working with the Head of Stragic Projects and the Senior Engineering Projects Manager, contributing to project design and approval (including tendering process, negotiation, commissioning process).
Review, develop, improve the Refresco UK project management process so that we achieve a consistent 'stage and gate' project management process and approach across all sites and all future projects About You:

As Programme Manager you will need to be highly organised, disciplined, rigorously process driven with outstanding attention to detail, and adept at managing and influencing others to adhere to project management process. You will need to be an excellent communicator and influencer, and highly collaborative, as a critical part of the role is to engage with and pull together disparate cross functional teams operating at various levels of seniority across the Refresco UK business. An element of communication which you will need to be outstanding at is the ability to simplify and articulate complex matters so that they can be understaiood and digested easily, to enable business decision / next steps to be taken. You will need to be have outstanding presentation skills and advanced MS Office ability in particular Powerpoint.

You will ideally have multiple project or programme management experience within FMCG, other fast moving manufacturing or Pharmaceuitcal industry sectors. 

You will need to be able to travel regulary, likely on a weekly basis, to all Refresco UK sites. As a seniot manager you will be a role model to many others and ultiimately, we want our people to align with, and resonate the Refresco Values as we believe these are what have made us, and will continue to make us, successful. Find out more about our Values here: 

If you think you match this profile, we would love to hear from you!

Reward & Benefits

The salary for this role is dependent on experience.

Working hours are Monday to Friday – 38 hours per week, and we have free, onsite parking. In addition, we offer a car allowance, free on-site parking, private healthcare, an annual bonus incentive, a good company pension scheme, 25 days holiday in addition to bank holidays (with the option to purchase additional holidays) and access to a sports and social fund.

We also offer our employees access to GroceryAid – a support service offering financial, legal, wellbeing and practical support, advice and counselling  -  - as well as Perkbox – a benefits platform offering discounts, free perks and wellbeing tools for all employees - 

About Refresco

Our drinks on every table. That's the Refresco vision. We’re a global business and currently produce 12 billion litres of soft drinks from 78 manufacturing plants in Europe, North America and we've just opened in Australia, and we’re only just getting started.  The business has grown from just 2 sites in 1999. Our Group Headquarters are based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

We’re the proud owners of six drinks manufacturing sites within the UK. Our UK business provides a great place to work for over 1,800 employees, who produce private label soft drinks and fruit juices for all the leading UK supermarkets, plus some of the best-known UK drinks brands such as Monster Energy, Ocean Spray and Innocent.

From the purchasing of the raw materials such as fruit juices and CO2, through to the finished product delivered to your table, we cover the full manufacturing cycle for our customers. And, whether it’s packed in cartons, bottles or cans, we ensure that our products are made to the highest quality standards.

Refresco believes that equal opportunity for all is fundamental to our company's values and all applicants can expect fairness and transparency in our recruitment process

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