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Program Manager-Remote- Wellington, KS

Date: Apr 27, 2022

Location: Wellington, KS, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

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


The Program manager is responsible for the execution of the business case and contract in line with requirements and the agreed scope. The program manager works with GKN Operations and other support functions to ensure quality, schedule, and financial measures are in line with requirements.  Supports the Program Director with new product introduction activities up to and including Lifecycle Gate 7 and with on-going management activities of the program from Lifecycle Gate 7 and beyond.

Job Responsibilities


•    Supports the execution of the program (including changes) to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements for their products.
•    Responsible for continuously monitoring the performance of the allocated programs, 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, and 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 program to optimize cash flow, profitability and growth.
•    Adheres to all program management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program 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 Oversees the proposal process for follow-on and new business.
•    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 program.
•    Responsible for supporting business development activities 
•    Travel to support onsite visits with Customers, vendors, operating sites, and other stakeholders

Job Qualifications


Basic Qualifications:

•    Bachelor degree in engineering, business or a technical related field.
•    5 + years’ experience in program management, commercial (Business & Contracts Management), engineering or operations within manufacturing
•    Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.


Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN experience.
•    Aerospace industry experience.
•    USG Program Management or Contracting experience
•    Ability to create, manage and execute a project plan.
•    Strong communication skills.
•    Ability to build relationships with internal & external customers and other stakeholders.
•    Financial & Contracts acumen.
•    Understanding of the business models within Aerospace.
•    Demonstrated program management / project management experience.
•    Either completed or registered for acknowledged Program Management Certification.
•    Experience within Operations and Supply Chain.
•    Ability to build and lead teams.
•    Operates with a sense of urgency.

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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