Industrial project manager

The industrial project manager develops and implements a project related to the design or reorganization of a production system. He ensures its technical, administrative and budgetary management from the design phase to its realization.

OTHER TITLES

  • Project Manager
  • Industrial organization consultant
  • Organizer

MAIN ACTIVITIES

Analysis of customer requests (internal or external)

  • Respond to a request from the head office concerning the start-up of a site, the production of a new industrial product, the implementation of new tools (automata, assembly line, ERP …) or the improvement of methods and industrial processes (assistance in defining needs, process mapping, flow optimization, etc.).
  •  Carry out or commission studies to verify the technical and economic feasibility of the project.
  •  Establish and distribute specifications to internal customers and suppliers to guarantee the feasibility and technical quality of the solutions offered.
  •  Evaluate and optimize the time and resources necessary for the completion of the various stages of the project in order to establish a global implementation plan.
  • Participate in the development of investment budgets and negotiate the necessary resources (human, technical, financial, deadlines) depending on the progress of the project.
  • Anticipate the risks that may arise during construction.
  • Prepare in advance the costing and / or invoicing elements.

Organization and planning

  • Structuring the project (methods, management tools, etc.) and defining the operating rules allowing work to be carried out in the best conditions of time, security, quality and cost.
  •  Ensure coordination between the actors concerned by the project (in the company, the different departments, outside, suppliers or subcontractors).
  •  Organize and lead meetings with the actors intervening on the project in order to make the choices and the allocation of the resources, according to the various constraints (technical, economic and legal).
  •   Define with the project collaborators the objectives and the deadlines for carrying out the various tasks (scheduling of tasks, provisional calendar).

Steering, coordination and monitoring

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of all internal and / or external actors (including subcontractors).
  • Meet the different units / actors involved in the project, visit the sites, meet the suppliers, institutional partners …
  • Follow and control the progress of the project, the execution of the planning and the respect of the budget.
  • Provide the assistance necessary to maintain and improve the industrial tool in terms of productivity and quality.
  • Constantly research the possible evolutions of the equipment in its field to optimize the operation of the installations (new and existing) and proceed to their application.
  • Host regular points with all partners : progress of the program, monitoring of knowledge sharing, validation of results … 

Control and finalization of the industrial project

  •  Analyze the results obtained and adjust the differences (between forecasts and implementation) which may exist by carrying out corrective actions.
  • Evaluate the positive or negative aspects of the project (on the work group, on the budget or its additional cost, on the deadlines, on the quality of the partners).
  • Analyze “ good practices ” of the project and the proposals with a view to improving future projects (procedures, calendar, staff, partners, etc.).  
  • Ensure the final reporting of the work to the industrial management, and / or the general management.
  • Develop technical files for other services (quality, purchasing, methods, maintenance) in order to finalize the project : references of raw materials, process parameters, lifespan of the product. 

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Depending on the type of project, the number of participants and the nature of the client, the industrial project manager may be entrusted with specific or complementary tasks.

  •  Management of industrial watch on emerging technologies, products or processes. Depending on the size of the company or the department in which it operates, the industrial project manager may be responsible in part, or even entirely, for the industrial watch related to its activities. He can thus be involved in prospecting and selecting new suppliers.
  • Active participation in tests in the control laboratory. Depending on his level of technical and / or functional expertise, he can also carry out industrialization tests in connection with the production department to provide solutions for technical improvement of products. He may also have to create the test and control tools himself.

VARIABILITY OF ACTIVITIES

The size of the company and the production site directly influences the positioning of the position of industrial project manager.

  •   In small and medium-sized enterprises, the industrial project manager may be fully responsible for launching a product. It then becomes the essential interface between the design office, production and the product manager.
  • In very large companies, there are often several project managers, each responsible for only part of the current project. Depending on the internal organization of the company, the industrial project manager may have no hierarchical link with the collaborators of his project (production engineers, process process engineer). These are then attached directly to the production manager or the methods department.
  • In service and consulting companies, the industrial organizer advises and supports the teams on the technical or functional aspects of an industrial project (assistance with project management, assistance with project management) or on support for change (communication, training …)
  •  When he is an employee of the company, the industrial organizer can be a project manager or an internal consultant. Its customers are then the various departments of the company in connection with industrial production (manufacturing, methods …). The action can be punctual or lasting with the aim of optimizing the management of industrial activity.
  •  When practicing in an office, industrial organization consultants can be generalist industrial management consultants. They can be specialized by sector of activity (food industry, automobile), by technological tools (ERP, CAPE, machines …) or by trades (logistics, production …). Their attributions include the classic missions of the industrial organizer. They can also help their customers to position themselves in relation to their service providers or their suppliers within the framework of an industrial project (commercial coordination, negotiation, planning and distribution of activities between the customer and its service providers …).

Depending on the degree of internationalization of the company, the industrial project manager may be required to make numerous trips abroad. He can also be in charge of a team of collaborators of nationalities, and therefore of different cultures. Geographic mobility and the level of English then become decisive criteria.

HIERARCHIC REATTACHMENT

  • General manager
  • Executive Board
  • Industrial director
  • Technical director
  • Factory manager
  • Director of Supply Chain

PROFILE

Degrees required

  • General or specialized engineering schools in the field of business activity
  • (Master) specialized techniques in the field of corporate activity 
  • (Master) scientific 

Duration of experience

This position requires at least two years of experience . Consultant positions in firms or in engineering companies can be opened to young graduates with significant internships in industrial management (production, logistics, industrial IT, etc.). They then work under the supervision of a senior consultant.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Technical skills

  • Strong knowledge of the technologies used in the project
  • Very good knowledge of the organization, operation and organizational chart of the company to collaborate with the right people
  • Mastery of project management techniques (expression of needs, planning, specifications …, Pert method, Gantt, CMMI, 6 sigma …) and the various associated tools
  • Good knowledge of manufacturing processes and health, safety and environmental rules
  • Knowledge of the market associated with the industrial project in order to adapt the project to market constraints and the offer of competitors
  •  Managerial skills to supervise and motivate teams, give instructions, move the project forward
  • Anticipation to detect and assess problems that could disrupt the smooth running of the project and reactivity to intervene accordingly
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written

Skills

  • Relational and communication skills, in order to animate and mobilize a team of collaborators
  • Writing skills to write technical notes and project progress reports
  • Rigor and organizational skills to define priorities for action and allocation of resources
  • Perseverance and good resistance to stress because projects are often subject to strong constraints (financial, deadlines)
  • Flexibility because the unexpected is plentiful
  • Strength of conviction and argumentation to convince internally
  • Sense of deadlines and results in order to assess and optimize the time and resources necessary for the completion of the various stages of the project
  • Ability to adapt in order to collaborate with all of the company’s departments and external partners (subcontractors, public administrations, etc.)

REMUNERATION

Young graduate : between 28 and 30 k € 

Young executive : between 30 and 40 k € 

Confirmed framework : between 40 and 60 k €