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Graduate Project Coordinator

The project management stream is for proactive people who enjoy bringing together and organising teams and tasks.

Graduate Project Coordinator

Please note: Applications for this stream are now closed for 2019 intake.

Relevant disciplines: Any Engineering Discipline, Business, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Applicants from a non-engineering background are expected to be able to show strong interest in technology / engineering and to be able to back this up.

In product development, you will generally need a technical or scientific background to understand the design and contribute fully to the team. This is a varied role involving a mixture of day-to-day administration, following and developing processes, planning and strategy. You must be comfortable, or able to become comfortable, communicating with people at all levels of the organisation.

Starting in this role, you would need to learn skills like: influencing without having authority, negotiating with internal and external suppliers, and thinking in a structured way for planning, problem solving and process development.

Core knowledge

Graduate Project Coordinators will gain understanding of:

  • Traditional project management skills and methods
    • Work- and product-breakdown structures
    • Network diagrams and Gantt charts
    • Critical path and critical chain
    • Project cost reporting and forecasting
    • Project risk assessment
  • Working with people
    • Leadership and coaching styles
    • Team roles
    • Influencing
    • Communication – oral and written, presenting to groups and one-to-one
  • A wide knowledge of processes used throughout the Renishaw Group, including those in:
    • The New Product Development Process
    • Design
    • Patents
    • Manufacturing and test
    • Materials management
    • Service centre
    • Marketing, business development and sales
    • Finance, IT, legal and personnel

Opportunities for project coordinators may exist in the design, manufacturing, healthcare or corporate environments.

Promotion in this stream would likely lead you to manage increasingly complex products and projects, before moving into an Operations Management or cross-divisional role.