Programme Director

Date: Sep 8, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

Programme Director for multiple programmes including Dassault business jets, and all new electric take-off and landing jet programmes with amongst others Lilium.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage people, though this position may also require a technical, process-related or administrative focus.
  • Lead and support managers/supervisors or employees.
  • Drive department-level productivity and profitability as well as individual performance and workforce engagement.
  • Direct associate selection, development and retention.
  • Advocate and lead initiatives an actions.
  • Negotiate with and influence people.
  • Make decisions on business strategy and workforce planning and utilization.
  • Manage budgetary responsibilities and functioning as part of a team or peer group.
  • Provide executive leadership with input and support regarding corporate vision and enterprise strategies.
  • Improve associates’ performance.
  • Build relationships with others to facilitate delegation and orchestration of work

Job Qualifications

  • Significant experience in commercial, procurement, engineering or programme management disciplines, with experience of New Programme Introduction
  • Experience of the aerospace industry would be desirable but not essential
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor a team of programme managers

What's in it for you

  • You will be working in an international environment with a local culture with the following package:
  • Expert Salary and Job structures’. Grade WTW-E. plus company car.
  • Eigble for a bonus scheme
  • Attractive pension.
  • 30 days off. A flexible home working policy where you can work from home a few days a week.
  • Informal atmosphere in a dynamic and ambitious department.
  • Unique opportunity to work for a market leader.
  • You really have the impact on our mission in the Aerospace industry to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky.

How to apply

Are you interested in this position and does your background meet the requirements? Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button. Questions? Please contact our Recruiter Mark Streep via

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further.  And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. 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.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology. ​

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