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Program Manager (Classified Programs) - Garden Grove, CA

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

As Program Manager (Classified Programs) you will lead cross functional teams in the management of high value and high technology products, encompassing full program life cycle management, for classified defense programs. Program Managers (Classified Programs) hold ownership of program performance, financial management, contract execution, technical implementation and act as the "Voice of the Customer", ensuring proper methods are followed, to track program cost, schedule, and contract compliance.

Job Responsibilities

  • Classified Program Managers ensure the execution of the program (including changes) to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements for their products.
  • Classified Program Managers continuously monitor program execution including tracking all program cost, schedules and performance and reporting progress against program milestones and life cycle gates with relevant internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Identify customer tiered milestones and align the PMP and IMS to ensure all milestones will be achieved on schedule and on budget.
  • Classified Program Managers ensure customer requirements are documented, understood, assessed and integrated into the Program Management Plan (PMP), Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and appropriate budgets are assigned to complete all tasks to deliver the requirements.
  • Create, implement, and advocate program improvement plans including but not limited to those related to affordability, pricing, continuous improvement, Zero Defects Manufacturing, and engineering design initiatives.
  • Classified Program Managers champion program management excellence by ensuring adherence to all program management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program Management framework and leading continuous improvement projects for company management policies and processes. 
  • Classified Program Managers oversee change and manage growth on the program, executing Bids and Proposals activities to coordinate cost budget, schedule and technical compliance to meet the requirements of the customer. Ensure contract negotiation aligns to approved business case, statement of work and requirements.
  • Serve as the voice of the customer; establish and maintain constructive, collaborative, and teaming environment with the customer community.
  • Define the vision, strategy, and budget for the program to deliver sales, profit, margin, inventory, quality, delivery and cash received in accordance with annual operating plans.
  • Proactively executes risk, issue and opportunity management to control and mitigate the risk exposure and exploit opportunities.
  • Advocate and uphold the culture associated with GKN’s Great Place to Work initiative.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in mechanical, chemical, aerospace, manufacturing, operations management, finance, business, or related fields of study
  • 10 years of leadership experience in aerospace and/or aircraft defense or military product manufacturing industries
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements
  • Active DOD Security Clearance and able to obtain program security clearance per requirements
  • Must be able to accommodate 25% business travel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record in the management of complex aerospace programs either within the military or as a prime or major subcontractor; with working knowledge of EVMS management
  • In depth knowledge of the Aerospace Defense industry and early stage Classified program management
  • Time spent in Aerospace Defense business development
  • Experience working inside an SSA organization
  • Advanced problem solving skills and knowledge of program management tools and procedures
  • Advanced customer/stakeholder relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated Leadership and team building skills to include fostering collaborative and positive cultures, formal and informal influencing skills, and team empowerment and motivation expertise
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills





***Access to our facility (and, therefore, employment) is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, U.S. refugees, asylees or temporary residents under amnesty provisions [as defined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)] and properly licensed foreign persons. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide information to determine whether they are subject to these regulations and, if so, to assess their country of chargeability for trade compliance control purposes. Additionally, potential employee’s names will be screened against the Consolidated Screening List (maintained by the United States government) to determine eligibility to receive technical data.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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