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Research and Technology Development Program Manager - Remote

Date: Sep 12, 2022

Location: Westlake, TX, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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

To lead multimillion-dollar, collaborative research and technology development programs. To develop strategic capability, to secure 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 programs of Research & Technology development targeting differentiating manufacturing processes in the field of composites, metallics, assembly and electrical systems technology. 

Primary external interface with partners, customers and government bodies, in managing a successful program.

Job Responsibilities

•    Delivering the program plan, to cost, schedule and quality. 
•    Stakeholder management, Lead key relationships within the program and resolve all matters relating to the performance of the program
•    Risk management, manage mitigation plans for all program level risks
•    Reporting, Chair quarterly review meetings, presenting program 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 program information across GKN.
•    Collaboration, Support the technical team in developing and progressing partner level collaboration opportunities and integrating across GKN R&D centers 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

Required Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering or related field
•    7+ years of industrial experience leading large and complex technical projects
•    Must be able to travel extensively
•    Must be a US Persons due to program security clearance requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Advanced Degree preferred
•    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 & program 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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