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Procurement Projects Manager

Date: Jan 4, 2023

Location: Portsmouth, 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


Reporting into the Vice President Procurement and Supply Chain-Defence, the Procurement Projects Manager can be based out of any our UK sites (Bristol, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight or Luton). There is fully remote or hybrid working opportunities for candidates who are in reasonable commutable distance from one of our UK sites depending on business needs. The successful incumbent will also be flexible with regular travel expected between one to two weeks a month to a UK site and ad-hoc limited international travel involved to support suppliers and customers. 


The Procurement Projects Manager will interface with the Site Procurement Projects teams to coordinate project activities and execute the delivery of procurement projects through new work bid activity, work transfers, new product introduction (NPI). This position will be responsible for driving initiatives and coordinating global teams to build a robust sourcing strategy for Programmes and the development of strategies to achieve Business Line Procurement/Programme cost challenges. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Leading communication with internal and external stakeholders to deliver Procurement projects linked with the Business Line and Programme
  • Accountable for the on-time and successful delivery of complex Procurement projects with robust project and risk management 
  • Accountable for the completion of complex supplier rate readiness reviews and load and capacity activities in support of any Procurement project e.g. work transfers, NPI
  • Accountable for the development of Procurement strategies for the Business Line/Programme and alignment with the Global Commodity team
  • Support the development of Procurement talent and maturing of purchasing systems 
  • Accountable for the development and implementation of initiatives to achieve Procurement challenges and opportunities

How You'll Contribute

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



  • A BSc degree in a Business, Engineering, or Science discipline or equivalent strong industry experience 
  • Demonstrable experience within sourcing and/or procurement in a Manufacturing background 
  • A proven track record of delivery of large complex projects
  • Demonstrable experience with working with international teams or supply base 
  • A demonstrated ability to build relations with a supplier network and having insight in suppliers' processes
  • A proven track record of Leadership to work with cross functional teams
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills 



  • A Project Management qualification
  • Experience with Project management IT packages e.g. MS Project
  • Experience within the Aerospace industry 
  • A proven track record of yielding significant business results; cost, quality, cash improvements etc.


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 Procurement Projects Manager will be a data and process driven individual who is able to self-motivate to meet tight deadlines whilst working autonomously and as part of a team. This individual will have a strong ability to analyse and summarise large data sets with a strong ability to influence to coordinate across organisational boundaries. 

What We'll Offer


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


•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    190 hours holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 
•    Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
•    Opportunity to earn up to 22.5% bonus 
•    Car Allowance 

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