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Programme Manager

Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: Helmond, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary


Due to our on going growth, we are looking for a dedicated Programm Manager who will be responsible for program execution both commercial and operational and ensuring fulfillment of the contract to the customer within time, quality and budget. Compiling an Operational Plan and ensure this is agreed upon with all stakeholders. Ensuring that efficiency and effectiveness of the operational activities, with targets focused on labor spent, procurement, quality and process.  Lead an integrated program team, in which disciplines like Finance, Procurement and Engineering are represented.

Job Responsibilities


  • Lead an IPT to create a highly performing team enabling the technical and leadership contributions from each member to achieve programme success and excellence in the Customer relationship.
  • Apply financial and business management competencies to deliver the Business case, balance sheet, (working capital), revenue, margins and budget. This will include delivering the STRAT plan though the annual budgets.
  • Ensure with their IPT that the contract is met and the achievement of each deliverable is agreed with the Customer.
  • Identify and pull the insertion of technology to reduce cost and improve programme performance
  • Support BD in new business bid proposals and lead negotiation of repeat or opportunities directly related to existing programme contracts Manage the Customer through ensuring "green" performance in Customer Scorecards and resolve any items of risk or issues with the Customer. Ensure the suitable engagement of the Organisation for resolution of technical issues and Operational items requiring escalation
  • Chair the Configuration Control Board and agree any Customer/Supplier/internal changes within the scope of their authority

Further Responsibilities


  • Manage risks and opportunities to ensure the optimisation of margins/revenue and achievement of contractual requirements. This will be done is a planned and controlled way involving the whole IPT.
  • Manage the accomplishment of the programme against a defined set of measures, adding any that might be necessary in addition to those within the Programme Performance Summary and related measures
  • Ensure the capacity and competency requirement for resources and investment are provided through the various function process including the MPS, SIOP, and procurement external supply chain management processes
  • Lead the deployment of the Lifecycle Management, ensuring the timely achievement of Gates and the suitable commitment of IPT and Functional team members.
  • Ensure the programme is managed in accordance with PM governance and procedures including the creation of a Quality Plan to demonstrate application of the existing GKN BMS and to ensure compliance with any Contractual requirements
  • Ensure the use of lessons learned and LEAN/CI processes to drive a culture of continuous improvement and secure optimised performance. This includes driving improvements in margin and quality/schedule enablers to deliver contract and business case requirements
  • Where appropriate ensure the NPI phase of the programme delivers the capability and capacity for business case performance in steady sate, spares and support. This includes fulfilling all contract requirements.

Your Profile


  • You have strong affinity with Aerospace branch
  • You have a relevant Bachelor/ Master education or equivalent
  • You possess more than 5 years of relevant work experience
  • You have a good level of the English language
  • You preferably have a certification of IPMA D or equivalent
  • You have planning experience
  • You recognize yourself in being communicative, customer focused, analytical, result oriented
  • You can persuade others without having the hierarchical responsibility
  • You dare to challenge others and yourself

We Offer


We offer an innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. Our organization exudes a passion for technology and our employees are rightly proud of what they develop and build. Within Fokker Landing Gear, you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development. In addition, we offer an attractive package of benefits based on the Collective Labor Agreement for Metal Electronics, including a competitive salary, profit-related benefit and 40 vacation days.



Fokker Landing Gear (FLG) is part of the GKN concern and is active in the field of landing gear and related systems. This includes the design and development, production and assembly of complete landing gears, as well as the repair and overhaul of systems in use. FLG, with its ± 350 employees, is active for the F-16 fighter plane, the Apache attack helicopter, the F-35 Lightning II (JSF), the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 and the multipurpose NH90 helicopter.

For a Dutch aviation company of this size, we have acquired a unique position in the F-35 (JSF) program based on our design and development capabilities. In addition, FLG has been working on the development of technologies for the application of Polymer Matrix Composite material on landing gear components for over 15 years. This gives FLG a leading technology position in the Landing Gear market and we are positioned to contribute to the development of better, sustainable aircraft.



If you are interested, you can apply directly via the Apply Now button with a CV and motivation or if you have any questions, you can contact our recruiter Rodney Becker for further information: rodney.becker@fokker.com