Programme Manager - Photonics

Project/Programme Manager

Ref: 1361Saturday 24 September 2022

c£62,500 plus benefits

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting a Programme Manager for an outstanding independent global manufacturer of Photonic devices. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced, leading-edge technology development team.

Our client is the world’s most advanced supplier of customised III-V compound semiconductor laser devices, which are critical to high growth optical communications, sensing and wireless markets. They are a key strategic supplier to many Fortune 100 and Silicon Valley customers and collaborate with leading academic institutions and industry research centres throughout the world. Their photonic laser devices are enabling next generation applications including artificial intelligence, data-centres and quantum technology.


This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Program Manager to be the leader of all program and project management across a growing business. You will be responsible for continuously imbedding a project led culture and leading the Project Managers in Research, Product and Production Development Programs and projects controlled by a defined phase gate process.

The role will require an element of project management, working with design, development and production departments to plan and oversee projects and activities to meet all KPI objectives, with adherence to the required PMO processes and governance. It will require you to organise people, tasks, and resources to bring the projects to a successful conclusion.


  • Control the management of all the company’s photonics programs and projects to successful outcomes and within agreed timescales
  • Continually develop program and project management processes and practices
  • Developing the Project Management competencies in the business through the training and mentoring of project managers and guidance to stakeholders and project team members
  • Identify and create programs and projects which will advance strategic objectives
  • Leading the PM activities through the new business bid process.
  • Leading the planning and execution of projects and major activities.
  • Defining a project’s scope and goals that are aligned with the product requirements.
  • Creating project documentation and project plans; scheduling project timelines using MS Project Professional. Including: Work breakdown structures, Gantt , Critical path analysis, Resource analysis, Slippage, Cost, dashboard creation and reporting
  • Coordinating project staff in a matrix organisation
  • Resource planning and allocation
  • Assuring adherence to the project governance requirements
  • Carrying out structured risk and issue assessment and management.
  • Managing project administration
  • Meeting budgetary objectives
  • Reporting regularly to the senior leadership team
  • Managing client and stakeholder relationships and communication
  • Tracking project performance
  • Project evaluations and results measurement


A Technical degree (e.g. Electronics, Physics or other relevant discipline), with at least three years’ experience of managing technical projects and programmes using a structured project management methodology e.g. Phase Gate; Ideally in a semiconductor (class iii-v desired) or electronics environment.

Personal Fit

    • Result orientated with sense of urgency whilst quality conscious.
    • Be willing to uphold company standards, act as a role model and take ownership.
    • Flexible and quick to learn.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication
    • Gravitas and proven influencing skills, with the ability to bring people along with you.
    • Problem solver with a tenacious approach to meeting goals.

 Our client is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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