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Programme Manager

Date: Apr 22, 2022

Location: Luton, 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

Sitting within our Defence Airframe division, the Programme Manager will be based at our Luton site with monthly travel to our Portsmouth, Cowes and Customer sites. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Programmes and assume line management responsibility for 2 direct reports. The Programme Manager will be responsible for the execution of the business case and contract in line with requirements and the agreed scope. The incumbent will support the Programme Director with NPI activities up to and including Lifecycle Gate 7, with on-going management activities of the programme from Lifecycle Gate 7 and beyond and with Change Control Board activities.


Job Responsibilities

  • Supports the execution of the programme (including changes) to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements for their products
  • Responsible for continuously monitoring the performance of the allocated programmes, managing off-track items and for reporting progress through the PPS
  • Creates Program 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
  • Acts as the voice of the customer
  • Supports the PD / VP in defining the vision, strategy, budget for the programme to optimize cash flow, profitability and growth
  • Adheres to all programme management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Programme Management framework and contribute to process development
  • Actively executes Risk, Issue and Opportunity Management to control and mitigate the risk exposure and take advantage of opportunities
  • Supports the PD in the proposal process
  • 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 programme

How You'll Contribute

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


  • HNC or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Business discipline
  • Significant experience gained from a programme manager role 
  • Experience of managing engineering development programmes from concept through to delivery
  • Programme life cycle management experience
  • Experience of line management
  • Customer intimacy experience
  • Demonstrable stakeholder engagement experience at all levels


  • A relevant BSc Degree or equivalent in an Engineering or Business discipline
  • AMP practitioner basic qualification
  • Aerospace industry experience


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. The Programme Manager will be a dynamic and driven professional with excellent communication and problem solving skills.

What We'll Offer

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

  • £45,000 to £60,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • 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
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus  

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.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply