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Strategic Programme Management: Navigating Capital Projects in the Food and Beverage Industry

Strategic Programme Management: Navigating Capital Projects in the Food and Beverage Industry
September 26, 2023

In the food and beverage industry, the successful execution of capital projects is vital for growth and sustainability. These projects, ranging from building new production facilities to optimising supply chain logistics, are essential in meeting the evolving demands of consumers and regulatory requirements. However, managing individual projects in isolation often falls short in achieving overarching strategic goals. This is where Programme Management comes into play. In this blog, we explore how TEG Projects leverages Programme Management in the food and beverage sector to align capital projects with our client’s strategy and deliver key outcomes.

What is Programme Management?

Programme Management is a holistic approach to managing multiple related projects within an organisation to achieve strategic objectives. Unlike traditional project management, which focuses on individual projects, Programme Management deals with a portfolio of projects and ensures they are interconnected and aligned with an organisation’s strategy.

The Role of Strategy in Programme Management

For companies in the food and beverage industry, a well-defined strategy is the compass that guides decision-making and resource allocation. Programme Management starts with a clear understanding of the company’s strategic goals and objectives. Our team, who work on a project by project basis, focus on a client’s strategic goals and objectives as they relate to the projects we undertake for them. We need to understand what the goals and objectives of this project are, within the greater portfolio of capital projects being undertaken. Once these goals are established, a programme is designed to support and advance them through a carefully prioritised portfolio of capital projects.

The Four Key Principles Of Successful Programme Management

These principles ensure that our projects are not only completed efficiently but also deliver results that meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

Effective communication

Communication is always at the heart of our programme management philosophy. We understand that clear and open communication is essential for the success of any project. Our team works to establish effective lines of communication between all stakeholders, including clients, team members, and external partners. Doing so ensures we stay aligned with project goals and objectives, resolve issues promptly, and keep all parties informed throughout the project’s lifecycle.


We have found that well-defined governance structures and processes are essential for decision-making, risk management, and accountability. Governance enables us to respond to changes and challenges proactively while adhering to established project guidelines.

Outcome focus:  

The ultimate measure of a project’s success is to achieve its intended outcomes. Therefore, we work diligently to define clear and measurable objectives for each project from the outset. For an FMCG company who required factory upgrades with the installation of new processing equipment and packing machines – the outcome focus of increased throughput was essential to plan for throughout the project. This outcome-centric approach ensured we were able to deliver for our client.

Clear roadmap: We meticulously plan each project, outlining the steps, milestones, and timelines required. This roadmap serves as a navigational tool, ensuring that everyone involved knows the path ahead and understands their roles and responsibilities. It also provides a structured framework for managing risks and making informed decisions, helping us maintain project momentum and deliver on schedule. When we helped Bluebird Foods to create more space and increase throughput for the production of their Copper Kettle Chips product a clear roadmap ensured minimal downtime within the operating factory.

Benefits of Programme Management in the Food and Beverage Industry

  1. Alignment with Strategy: Programme Management ensures that every capital project is aligned with the company’s strategic objectives. This alignment helps avoid the common pitfall of pursuing projects that do not contribute to the overall goals.
  2. Resource Optimisation: By managing projects as a portfolio, Programme Management optimises resource allocation. This means that critical resources such as funding, manpower, and materials are used efficiently.
  3. Risk Mitigation: The food and beverage industry is rife with risks, from supply chain disruptions to regulatory changes. Programme Management’s continuous monitoring and control help identify and address risks early, reducing the potential impact on projects.
  4. Faster Time to Market: With a coordinated approach to project execution, companies can often bring new production facilities to market more quickly, gaining a competitive edge.
  5. Improved Stakeholder Communication: Programme Management promotes clear communication among stakeholders, including executives, project managers, and teams. This transparency fosters a sense of ownership and shared responsibility for the programme’s success.

Programme Management provides our team with a structured approach to aligning capital projects with our client’s strategies. Helping to deliver outcomes, and realising long-term benefits. By managing projects as part of a coordinated portfolio, we help organisations optimise resources, mitigate risks, and respond effectively to the evolving demands of the industry. Do you have experience in Programme Management as outlined above? TEG Projects works with a range of well known Food and Beverage Manufacturing businesses across Australasia and we’re continuously looking for skilled Project Managers with expertise in Programme Management to join our team. If this sounds like you, reach out today.