Product Development /Project Manager

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary See description

Updated 5 days ago

Reference 1429473

 Job Description

Product development/Project Manager required for exciting opportunity within Andor Technology, a Belfast Telegraph Top 100 company

Product Development/Project Manager

Andor Technology

Direct Reports:  8-10

Primary Purpose: Technology development project and line management

In order to further develop our dynamic team, we are actively recruiting a Project/Process Manager to lead our technology development team and drive the delivery of innovative new camera and spectroscopy solutions to the academic research community.

Are you searching for a role that will have an impact on a global scale in both Medical and Scientific research, one in an organisation that has a culture of personal and career development where you can define your own career path?

Our most valuable asset is our employees.  They are our greatest resource in working towards a successful future.  Personal development is fundamental to the success of every individual, and every individual is fundamental to the success of our business as we deliver solutions for our clients and maintain our place as global leaders within our field.

As a key leader, the new product development manager will work beside technical leads to ensure quality, feature and performance differentiation and optimal time to market of scientific solutions being developed at Andor.  You are seeking a challenge and have an excellent work ethic.  You are personally driven to meet objectives with a focus on quality and delivery. You enjoy what you do and you should champion improvement initiatives throughout the development team and into the wider Andor engineering community.  You have a serious passion for outstanding customer experience and drive an ease of use agenda.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Recruit, manage and mentor to build a high performing development team and lead the team to provide innovative, robust solutions to complex technical problems
  • Project management including requirement gathering, task estimation, release planning, resource scheduling, scheduling equipment, risk management and progress reporting.
  • Lead decision-making, cultivate collaboration, and resolve blocking issues between engineers and teams.
  • Work with all stakeholders to define release plans and ensure timely execution of projects, tracking progress of teams, and providing status updates across multiple projects to the Director of Engineering
  • Constantly evaluating and adjusting architectural roadmap as necessary while innovating and optimizing engineering processes and standards.
  • Champion ease of use and excellent customer experience throughout the development team and through the wider engineering team
  • Work with other teams in Andor and across the OI group to align processes, development techniques and look for opportunities for reuse and collaboration.
  • Lead by example and setting a clear culture of teamwork, success, high expectations, and customer centric focus.
  • Facilitate technical support to end customers, product support, sales, operations and other customers (internal and external).
  • Assist with the development of a product strategy.
  • Contribute to strategic planning for the Engineering department.
  • Foster continuous improvement throughout the functional development processes
  • Build working relationships with other key departments and customers
  • Set an example for commitment, resilience and the ability to operate effectively under pressure.
  • Occasional travel to other offices and customer sites
  • Any other duties as may be required from time to time by your line manager
  • Indicative Performance Measures

Managing people

  • Creates shared purpose to inspire and sustains team cohesion
  • Inspires commitment.  Leads and coaches others to succeed, ensuring delivery of key functional objectives.
  • Sets challenging goals and high-performance standards for self and the organisation
  • Vividly describes organisational goals in a way that helps others see and feel their potential impact.
  • Seeks information and opinions about an individual’s current performance as well as long-term development needs.

Managing results

  • Creates well thought through plans
  • Ensures plans align to deliver agreed results
  • Accepts responsibility for significant operational decisions
  • Executes timely plan
  • Seeks to understand customer and market

This job description is not incorporated into the employment contract but should be read as a guide only and not an inflexible specification of responsibilities. It may be changed from time to time in conjunction with the post holder.

Essential criteria


  • An honours degree(minimum 2:1) in a computer, technical or numeric subject such as Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics

Professional Skills/abilities

Essential criteria

  • 10+ years of hands-on engineering experience
  • Experience of management of engineering teams
  • Clear passion for customer experience and ease of use
  • Demonstrable experience in presenting complex ideas to senior management
  • Strong analytical and communication skills as well as strong planning/organising skills
  • Understanding of all stages of lifecycle development from requirements capture through to application delivery and support
  • Experience of all stages of project management including requirement gathering and creating detailed project plans
  • Evidence of contribution to developing best practice and process
  • Strong customer empathy and focus
Desirable criteria
  • Successful management of at least 1 major development project through all stages of the development lifecycle from requirements capture through to delivery and support
  • Experience of engineering development lifecycle
  • Experience in leading a team

Personal Qualities

Business understanding and strategy:

  • Understands how their functional area and the business contributes to the strategy of the Group.  Has an awareness of wider strategic issues and their effect on business activities.

Planning & Delivery of Results:

  • Develops and continuously reviews well thought through plans to deliver their functional objectives in line with the short and medium term business plan. Ensures team objectives are aligned to deliver.

Decision Making:

  • Accepts responsibility for, and takes, decisions as required that affect their area of responsibility.  Does so based on relevant information, in a timely manner.  Escalates if and when necessary.


  • Inspires commitment.  Leads and coaches others to succeed, ensuring delivery of key functional objectives.

Performance Management:

  • Leads, inspires and motivates others to continually improve performance.  Takes tough decisions where required to maintain high standards.


  • Recognises and encourages future potential.  Acts as a role model for others outside their function.  Takes responsibility for own development.

Desirable criteria

Commercial awareness:

  • Ensures that functional activities are clearly linked to customer and market needs.  Uses this to drive decisions and deliver effective and profitable outcomes for the business. Is brand savvy.


  • Creates an environment that promotes constructive challenge in order to continually improve business performance.
  • Delegates with clarity, trust and confidence.


  • Keeps the team informed about the business.  Proactively encourages open and honest communication between teams, internally and externally.

Managing Uncertainty:

  • Uses experiences to anticipate and manage events, assessing risk and responding appropriately. Has the resilience to keep self and team on track despite uncertainties.

Special Circumstances

  • Able to work outside core hours when required.
  • Occasional International Travel

Hours: 37.5 hours.  Flexi time – core hours 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday with possible 1pm finish on Fridays


In addition to a competitive starting salary, Andor Technology offers an amazing core benefits package including flexible working hours, half-day on Fridays, 25 days annual leave and public holidays, life insurance, income protection,  private healthcare and a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan as well as a flexible benefits package that you can tailor to your own requirements with options such as a share scheme and cycle to work

About Andor

Andor Technology Ltd (Andor) operates at the high-value end of the global scientific imaging, spectroscopy and microscopy systems markets. Andor was setup in 1989 as a spinout of Queen’s University in Belfast and has grown to over 350 employees worldwide.

Our mission is to become the global leader in pioneering and manufacturing high performance light measuring solutions. Thanks to our low light imaging cameras, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems, we have enabled scientists and industry to measure light down to a single photon and capture events occurring within 1 billionth of a second!

We are among the world’s most innovative companies in photonics technology and unique in Northern Ireland. As proof of our success we now have 10,000 customers in 55 countries and offices worldwide including China, Japan and the USA.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

To Apply please send up to date cv via link or contact Heather Gordon Recruitment Specialist on 02890 237126 for further information

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