Technology Project Manager

Date: Sep 24, 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.

Join as a Technology Project Manager

GKN’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Papendrecht, the Netherlands is a state of the art technology research and manufacturing process development facility which is a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft.

As a Technology Project Manager, your purpose is to lead multimillion-pound, collaborative research and technology development projects. You will develop strategic capability, secure major new business wins and open up new markets to improve current business performance.

The role will lead a multi-disciplined team of technologists and engineers to deliver projects in Research & Technology development targeting differentiating manufacturing processes in the field of assembly, automation, composites, metallics, and electrical systems technology. Primary you will interface with partners, customers and government bodies, in managing a successful program.

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

How you will 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:


  • Degree-qualified or higher engineer with significant industrial experience.
  • Experience leading 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



  • Has a high level of emotional intelligence
  • PM Qualification
  • Understand purpose and terminology ref Non-Disclosure Agreements and Collaboration Agreements and other legal documentation
  • Understanding of Technology Readiness maturity and supporting processes
  • Has a high level of executive disposition/gravitas
  • Previous experience in a similar role desirable with supporting evidence to demonstrate a match to the ‘key responsibility’ requirements including project management and people skills, computer literacy, financial and scheduling coordination


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. We are looking for someone who is strong minded, convincing and committed, focused on delivery with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Our 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 GKN Aerospace, you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.

Plus, you get a fantastic range of benefits, including:

  • Salary according to the CLA Metalektro: 
  • 29 annual leave days and 13 ADV days
  • Travel allowance
  • Profit related benefit


Please apply through this website, we are looking forward to your application.

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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