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Procurement Project Manager - Aerospace, New Products

Date: Jan 16, 2023

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

The Opportunity

In this newly-created role, as IPT Procurement Lead (Procurement Project Manager), you will be the main interface between Procurement and Programmes. You will lead the performance of all work transfers, modifications and NPIs (New Product Introduction) from sourcing to delivery & handover to Operations. You will help us ensure supply chain rate readiness including capacity and capability, will co-ordinate the change process with supply chain (such as modifications or cost saving)working with other disciplines such as Quality and ME and will enable us to gain necessary Supplier approvals against Customer and GKN requirements. In this busy and key Lead role, you will engage with the governance and strategies set by the Procurement Commodity, Procurement Operations and Business Line Programmes, ensuring these are reviewed and agreed with the Programme Manager (PM). You will have a small team of Project Managers (1-2) sitting under you and will work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders. 

This role will be based at our Filton site, where we specialise in the design and manufacture of large complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a combination of both civil and 
military aircraft.

How You'll Contribute

In this key role, other duties will be to: 

  • Lead & resource projects as part of a multi-functional team to ensure the supply of parts on time, to quality and at target costs in accordance with technical requirements.
  • Be responsible for Programme Procurement Change Control, Export Control and ITAR
  • Be responsible for the delivery / maintenance / Integrity of Programme BOM to Cost / Budget / Board paper, while ensuring Item / Contract Item Data is updated and maintained.
  • Have accountability for all relevant Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) issues in area of responsibility, including risk assessments and completion of corrective action plans
  • Ensure compliance with all risk assessments and company Environment, Health & Safety Procedures relevant to all work activities. Reporting of all accidents and near misses as per the company’s procedure and 
  • implementation of identified corrective actions. Maintain good standards of housekeeping in designated work area(s)
  • As part of the role and when the job dictates, be required to travel to, and work at, other company premises on the UK mainland and abroad.

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:

  • Previous experience in supply chain management in a manufacturing environment 
  • Good experience in project management 
  • Commercial awareness
  • Excellent communication skills that transfer to all levels within the organisation.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplined team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver results in a challenging environment
  • Experience in implementing industry best practices


  • Previous experience in supply chain management in an Aerospace environment
  • Ideally Degree Qualified in Business Administration or 2 years + procurement or supply chain experience;
  • Ideally have gained or is working towards MCIPS Qualification

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

  • Salary between £37,000 and upwards of £50,000 depending upon experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% annual bonus
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Free onsite parking, shop, canteen & Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment and significant opportunities to grow your career

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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