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Product Lifecycle Manager

Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: Kegworth, GB

Company: Refresco

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About the Role


Reporting to the Commercialization Manager, The purpose of this role is to ensure that product launches, product changes and product delists are executed on time and within budget.  The Product Lifecycle Manager must co-ordinate the activities required by internal departments, external suppliers and customers in order to meet the customer’s expectations. This person will collaboratively work with New Product Development. Technical, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Commercial Departments, as well as interfacing with customers, design / repro houses and printers to ensure that new products / new packaging are launched on time.


This role will ensure compliance with all legal requirements for soft drinks packaging, manage all internal product master-data setups with 100% accuracy and effectively manage the process of artwork creation & approval.



About You

 Accomplished Project Manager, Commercialisation Manager or Supply Chain Manager-level individual with a proven track.

At least 5 years’ experience in a FMCG manufacturing environment.

Demonstrable experience of working in a large cross functional team environment.

Experience of multi-site project management and coordination of remote teams and stakeholders.

Product Lifecycle Management.

Experience of a large-scale food and drink business and the associated processes e.g. forecast-driven JIT and VMI-led production (Group T/O €2bn, REFRESCO Turnover circa £700m).

An S&OP or IBP driven environment.

A positive can-do approach, adept at conflict management whilst also being on the front foot to seek out and exploit business opportunities.

The ability to deal with ambiguity and convert complex plans into simplified communication.

Monitors & steers deliberately in a multisite environment on constructive & smooth cooperation between teams to achieve targeted team, unit or group results.

Formulates strategies for future change management needs for the whole organisation and builds in sensitivities and room to manoeuvre when opportunities arise that might alter the strategy.

Strong direct and remote leadership skills


Salary & Benefits


The salary for this role is dependent on experience. We also offer an annual bonus incentive and a good company pension scheme, 3x basic salary life assurance plus 25 days holiday in addition to bank holidays (with the option to purchase additional holidays). Working hours are Monday - Thursday 8.30 - 5.00, Fridays 8.30 - 4.00.


Who are we?


Our drinks on every table. That's the Refresco vision. We're thirsty for more and growing fast which is why we invested £1.25 billion in expanding our global manufacturing footprint making us the largest independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices in the world. We currently produce 12 billion litres from 59 manufacturing plants in 12 countries and we’re only just getting started…


Our UK Business unit has six manufacturing plants providing a great place to work for 1800 employees producing private label soft drinks and fruit juices for all the leading retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison’s, Sainsburys, ALDI and Lidl. We also manufacture for branded customers such as Innocent, Ocean Spray, Weetabix, Del Monte and Um Bongo. Whether it’s packed in Cartons, PET, Aseptic PET or Cans, we ensure that our products are not only manufactured to the highest quality standards but they get where they need to be when they need to get there to meet the needs of our high profile customers.