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Project Manager (Technology)

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Luton, GB

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Project Manager, based in either Luton or Bristol, who can lead multimillion-pound, collaborative research and technology development programmes. They will enable the development of strategic capability, facilitate the securing of major new business wins, open up new markets and improve current business performance. The role will lead a multi-disciplined team of technologists and engineers to deliver large programmes of Research & Technology development targeting differentiating manufacturing processes in the field of composites, metallics, assembly and electrical systems technology. Their primary external interface will be with partners, customers and government bodies in managing a successful programme.

Job Responsibilities


  •      Delivering the programme plan, to cost, schedule and quality. 
  •      Stakeholder management, Lead key relationships within the programme and resolve all matters relating to the performance of the programme
  •      Risk management, manage mitigation plans for all programme level risks
  •      Reporting, Chair quarterly review meetings, presenting programme summary to the assigned monitoring officer and managing the recovery of associated grant funding. Prepare and submit all GKN reports required during project closure. Communicate key programme information across GKN.
  •      Collaboration, Support the technical team in developing and progressing partner level collaboration opportunities and integrating across GKN R&D centres and manufacturing sites
  •      Manage scope to ensure GKN and partner objectives are clearly defined & apply controlled change management when there is a need to variate; communicating this to clearly to funding bodies via formal Project Change Requests.
  •      Supply chain management and all associated opportunities and risks


Job Qualifications


  •      Degree-qualified or higher engineer with significant industrial experience.
  •      Experience leading large and complex technical projects
  •      Excellent communication skills, both formal presentation and informal coaching approaches
  •      Able to process large bandwidth of project information, filter noise and demonstrate initiative to address key opportunities, issues and risks.
  •      Highly skilled in operation of Microsoft Excel, SharePoint and Project applications. Tactile & numerate aptitude. 
  •      Detailed understanding of project principles and terminology, qualified in PM
  •      Experience operating in an Agile PM environment
  •      Experience building resilience and agility into project & programme systems

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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