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Programme Manager

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A Truly Global Business 
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! 


The Opportunity

Based out of our Filton site, where we design and manufacture large complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a range of aircraft, our new Programme Manager will be based within our Dassault programme of work. Reporting to the Programme Director and supported by a small programme team, you will partner internally and externally to ensure the continued success of the programme, in-line with requirements and scope. You will get involved with NPI activities up to and including Lifecycle Gate 7 and with on-going management activities of the programme from Lifecycle Gate 7 and beyond. 

How You'll Contribute

In this key role working on our Dassault programme, you will:

  • support the execution of the programme (including changes) to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements for products.
  • be responsible for continuously monitoring the performance of the allocated programs, managing off-track items and for reporting progress through the PPS.
  • create Programme Improvement Plans including cost improvement, pricing initiatives, enable Zero Defects Manufacturing, redesign initiatives, gaining agreement with relevant stakeholders.
  • provide input to make, move, buy decisions and strategic procurement decisions.
  • acts as the voice of the customer.
  • support the Programme Director / Vice President in defining the vision, strategy, budget for the program to optimize cash flow, profitability and growth.
  • adhere to all programme management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program Management framework and contribute to process development.
  • actively execute Risk, Issue and Opportunity Management to control and mitigate the risk exposure and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Support the Programme Director in the proposal process.
  • be responsible for planning and performance of Life Cycle Gate, including preceding Reviews.

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:


  •      Degree-qualified or equivalent, with industrial experience within a large-scale organisation.
  •      Experience leading large and complex technical projects, preferably within an engineering environment
  •      Excellent communication skills- both formal presentation and informal coaching approaches
  •      Able to process large bandwidth of project information, filter noise and demonstrate initiative to address key opportunities, issues and risks.
  •      Highly skilled in operation of Microsoft Excel, SharePoint and Project applications. Tactile & numerate aptitude. 
  •      Detailed understanding of project principles and terminology, qualified in PM
  •      Experience operating in an Agile PM environment
  •      Experience building resilience and agility into project & programme systems


  •      Has a high level of emotional intelligence 
  •      Has a high level of executive disposition/gravitas
  •      Previous experience in a similar role desirable with supporting evidence to demonstrate a match to the ‘key responsibility’ requirements including project management and people skills, computer literacy, financial and scheduling coordination

What We'll Provide

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

  • Salary upwards of £50,000 + up to 22.5% bonus and an annual car allowance
  • 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
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

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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