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Philips Integral Project Leader R&D in Chennai (ex Madras), India


About the Organization

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands , the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics , as well as in consumer health . Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

Philips India Limited is a subsidiary of Royal Philips of the Netherlands, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Health Care and Personal Health . Philips has strong Brand Equity and recognized amongst most Innovative Companies globally growing better than industry and gaining market shares across categories.

Some of the Awards/accolades that Philips has been conferred with:

  • Fortune India’s most admired companies in Consumer Durables 2012

  • Philips Enters Limca Book of Records in 2014 under Perfect Care

  • Frost & Sullivan Award 2014: Growth Excellence Leadership in Kitchen & Small Appliances Segment

  • Consumer Choice Award: Philips Trimmer QT4005 won in Best Personal Care Product Category

  • Voice of Customer Award 2014– Best Brand in Food Processors

  • Travel’s Choice 2014: Hair Dryer

Job Title: Project Leader - Research & Development - (Kitchen / Domestic) Appliances

Job location: Chennai

Reports to: Head Projects – Personal Health

The incumbent will be a part of Personal Health systems. It focuses on the development of medically and non-medically endorsed lifestyle products. The incumbent will be end-to-end responsible for the development and realization of new propositions, yet focusing on the upfront consumer driven concept development. It manages the realization via other sites and partners.

Job Summary : -

The Incumbent will participate in the assignment preparation for the new product creation/project leading to the Concept Start milestone, co-define the product scope & strategy with the product planner.

The incumbent will be responsible for End-to-End managing of a project to develop a product, technology, system, solutions, services or IT solution.

He / She will be responsible from the initial start until the introduction in the Market or until internal company delivery.

The incumbent will be responsible for gaining agreements on and achieving project objectives, balancing schedule, cost , quality and requirements. Ensuring effective introduction of products, technologies, systems, solution or services.

Will be managing the scope and requirements, also the internal and external stakeholders.

Manages the business case and is a business partner focused on maximization of the added value for the business.

Manages projects ensuring execution is in line with project guidelines and directives.

Determines project risks, defines corrective action and drives the projects to closure.

Determines, allocates, and directs all project resources in accordance with guidelines.. Keeps abreast of developments in project management tools and processes (both internal and external).

Ensures Sector-wide compliance to corporate policies/rules/procedures.


  • The Incumbent is responsible for formulating the (sub) project plan, in consultation with management and other parties concerned on base of the requirements

  • Will be responsible to organize the resources to be used (quality, time, budget and information) and specifies the quality standard in the processes.

  • Will define the risks of the project (i.e. specs, costs, planning, etcetera) and develops scenarios to overcome these risks.

  • Shall direct employees and gives them operational guidance, both technically and organizationally (where necessary, directs sub-Project Leaders).

  • Is responsible for implementation and realization according to the project plan (specification, quality, time, money, information) and organization.

  • Represents the (sub)-project team in the overall project to optimize fit for use and overall effectiveness.

  • Reports on the progress of the project with an agreed frequency on quality, status, time, and money to senior management and to the project members.

  • Ensures that there is an effective transfer and archiving of the project results and the associated knowledge.

  • Reports on employees’ performance to the hierarchical superior of the employees for the purpose of appraisal.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • Ideal profile should have a university degree in a relevant technical subject, preferably Physics, Mechanical Engineering or Bio-mechanical engineering.

  • A proven track record and experience (6+ yrs.) in leading international, multi-disciplinary, product development projects in a R&D environment.

  • Broad experience in pre-development and product development of consumer products is required, whereas experience in mass production is an advantage.

  • It is an advantage if you have experience in Personal care products and enabling technologies such as skin physiology, IR, ultra-sound, heating & cooling, fluid management (dosing, pumping), Liquid Silicon Rubbers, or in mechatronics and bio-mechanics.

You have:

  • Experience in understanding and translating consumer needs.

  • Experience in leading in a multi-site multi-partner development environment.

  • Experience in analyzing the stakeholder environment and needs to achieve common objectives, considering contradicting interests and making the best decisions for the project as well as the business. You have negotiation skills.

  • Experience in balancing risks and opportunities of innovative solutions.

  • Preferably you are familiar with Design for Six Sigma.

You are:

  • Creative, analytically strong and also hands-on.

  • A strong leader and a team player. You are an excellent communicator and motivator, skilled in managing interpersonal processes.

  • Able to continuously challenge the status quo, with a strong desire to improve organizational effectiveness structurally.

  • Always looking for perfection. You don’t accept under-performance or poor results. You have a quality mindset.