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Programme Manager

Date: 07-Mar-2023

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts 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 41 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.

Job Summary

Our modern manufacturing facility at Western Approach is an International Centre of Excellence in composite wing structure design and production, manufacturing composite wing spars and Fixed Trailing Edge assemblies for some of the world's most popular aircrafts. 

The Programme Manager will report to the A350 Programme Manager and will be responsible for the execution of the work package and contract in line with requirements and the agreed scope. The Programme Manager will provide support to the A350 Programme Manager 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. This is a highly visible role, which requires the ability to influence and engage with both internal and external stakeholders. 

Job Responsibilities

As Programme Manager you’ll undertake the following responsibilities: 

  • Supports the execution of the programme to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements
  • Responsible for continuously monitoring the performance of the allocated programmes, managing off-track items and for reporting progress through the PPS.  
  • Creates Programme Improvement Plans including cost improvement, pricing initiatives, enable Zero Defects Manufacturing, redesign initiatives, gaining agreement with relevant stakeholders.
  • Provides input to make, move, buy decisions and strategic procurement decisions.
  • Supports the A350 Programme Manager in defining the vision, strategy, budget for the program to optimize cash flow, profitability and growth.
  • Adheres to all programme management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Programme Management framework
  • Actively executes Risk, Issue and Opportunity Management to control and mitigate the risk exposure and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Responsible for planning and performance of Life Cycle Gate, including preceding Reviews.
  • Responsible for updating Sales/Demand Plan and initiating demand management for serial purchase orders.
  • Responsible for undertaking any other activity required to ensure successful delivery of the program.

How You'll Contribute

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


  • Extensive experience gained from a project manager role 
  • Experience working in Commercial or Operations within an industrial environment
  • Proven leadership skills on mid- senior management level
  • Strong stakeholder management experience with ability to influence and engage with others
  • Significant experience seeing projects through the full life cycle


  • Project Management Professional certification such as IPMA level C/PMP/ APM PMQ 
  • BSc degree or equivalent 
  • Experience gained from the Aerospace industry 

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
•    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 

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! 

Why Join Us

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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