Project Lead

Purpose of Role/Key Objectives

It began with one man’s passion for music.

Believe that the exploration of sound is an adventure? Want to join a world leader in the audio field and work alongside some genuinely talented people?

Naim Audio is a highly respected global brand that is both innovative and creative, continually receiving industry awards and consistent 5-star reviews for our ability to produce technically brilliant and stylish audio pieces. #NaimAudio #FocalpoweredbyNaim

By managing the relationship between our four pillars of engineering we enable our listeners to hear every single note in equal measure and transcend from audio sound to musical performance.  We call this unique and emotive transmission the ‘Voice of Naim’; it’s our signature, our calling card.

How can you join us?

Here at Naim Audio there is an exciting opportunity for a Project Lead to join our R&D department delivering an effective and efficient service to our stakeholders.

Unlike most other consumer electronics, Naim Audio products are not designed to be replaced three or four years down the line, they are built for sustainability, as an investment to enable the customer to enjoy many years of incredible musical experience.  Our pride in this regard is integrated in all we do, culturally, here at Naim.    

The Role

To manage elements of Naim’s new product development (NPD) process through the PMO and R&D departments to ensure a product design specification is completed and agreed, projects are adequately resourced and that PMO / R&D task deadlines are met in line with the agreed project plans.  A key part of this role will be to manage the involvement of our third-party design partners and ensure they meet their obligations to plan. Worldwide travel will be a part of the role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure an extensive feasibility study is conducted on each new project to establish whether the R&D department can meet the product quality, timing and cost targets from Phase 0 through.  
  • Present Feasibility findings to Senior PM, COMEX and Phase Review team.
  • Work with R&D team to compile an agreed, achievable Product Design specification.
  • Third Party Management - oversee the involvement of any third-party design partners, ensuring they meet our quality, cost and timing goals.  May require overseas travel.
  • Agree R&D timings for the project plan with the Senior PM and relevant R&D Department Heads
  • Work with the Senior PM to formulate an agreed project plan for R&D tasks.
  • Ensure project plan task timings, quality and cost objectives are met by the R&D stakeholders and third parties.  
  • Ensure all R&D aspects of each project are kept in check i.e., the Design Specification, BOM, Quality, etc.
  • Work with all project stakeholders in particular Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing and QA to ensure our Design for Manufacture criteria are met
  • Attend regular meets such as:
    • Cross-functional NPD meeting - reporting on progress to plan tasks from the R&D department (Weekly)
    • Phase Gate reviews for each project (as required)
    • R&D Stand and Deliver meetings – twice weekly
    • Individual departmental project meetings (as required)

Skills & Requirements

  • Project Management background including knowledge of Microsoft Project.
  • Strong Technical base.
  • Several years proven 3rd party management skills in engineering application
  • Degree qualified in engineering subject (ideally electronics).
  • Knowledge of issue management/tracking and reporting.

Qualification / Experience

  • Project management of internal and external resources
  • Degree qualified in engineering
  • Budget experience
  • Resource allocation
  • Hitting quality targets for products



Reporting to:

Senior Project Manager

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week - Monday to Friday

If you are interested in this role, please contact us at [email protected].