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Programme Manager Wiring business

Date: Jan 5, 2022

Location: Hoogerheide, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world”s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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.

About the opportunity

As our programme manager Wiring business you are responsible for the execution of the business case and contract in line with requirements and the agreed scope. This scope is mainly based on engines, but with te possibilty of extension with other smaller accounts. You support the Program Director with NPI activities up to and including Lifecycle Gate 7 and with on-going management activities of the program from Lifecycle Gate 7 and beyond.  You also support the Program Director with Change Control Board activities. You are based in Hoogerheide, but you will travel to other sites and customers on a regular basis. You work closely together with 2 other program managers and a program support officer and commercial support officer. You report directly to the program director. 

Your 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
  • 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.

What do you need to be successful in this role?


  •      Ability to create, manage and execute a project plan.
  •      Strong communication skills.
  •      Ability to achieve by influencing others.
  •      Experience in commercial, engineering or operations within the Aerospace industry.
  •      Ability to build relationships with customers and other external stakeholders.
  •      Financial acumen.
  •      Understanding of the business models within Aerospace. 
  •      Either completed or registered for acknowledged Program Management Certification.

  •       Experience within Operations. 
  •       Ability to build and lead teams.
  •       Ability to drive business with other cultures

Our offer

Besides an innovative and international work environment that offers you a good work-life balance , We offer you  opportunities to learn and grow, a competitive salary graded in CLA N with a maximum of EUR 7077,- , pension plan, 40+ days off and travel allowance (from 10 km single journey) as well.

For more information about this job please contact Marloes van Es-Erkelens (recruiter) via marloes.vanes-erkelens@fokker.com

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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