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GKN Aerospace Programme Director in Bristol, United Kingdom

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 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers and achieved sales of £3.35 bn.in 2023. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

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 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £3.35bn. 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! Job Summary 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.

We have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Program Director. The Program Director is responsible for executing the contract(s) in accordance with all business case and contractual requirements. This includes overseeing NPI activities up to and including Lifecycle Gate 6, and working with Operations from Lifecycle Gate 7 onward. Additionally, the Program Director leads the Change Control Board, ensuring smooth execution of all program changes in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. This role offers a unique chance to lead and make a significant impact within our organization. This position offers significant growth potential and requires global travel, however your base will be at our Global Technology Centre in Bristol.

How You'll Contribute

⦁ Interface with the Customer for all aspects of the program. . ⦁ Accountable for the execution of the program, including changes, in compliance with the business case and contract, throughout the complete life cycle. ⦁ Responsible for the proposal process of follow on work including changes. ⦁ Chairs the Change Control Board and the Life Cycle Gate. ⦁ Effectively handles claims / changes together with Commercial. ⦁ Accountable for Customer Demand input to MPS and SIOP. ⦁ Responsible for establishment of Handshake with Operations. ⦁ Support improvements to the program in collaboration with stakeholders, for example improvements to product performance and cost and Make/Buy. ⦁ Delivers program financial results in accordance with agreed KPIs and targets. ⦁ Acts as the voice of the customer with all other stakeholders. ⦁ Partners the VP in defining the vision, strategy, objectives, operational plan and budget for the program. ⦁ Adheres to all Program management and Commercial standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program Management framework and contribute to process development. ⦁ Actively manages risk and opportunities to mitigate risk exposure and realize opportunities. ⦁ Acts as the point of escalation for Program Managers to resolve customer issues. ⦁ Accountable for New Product Introduction up to and including Lifecycle 7 and beyond and for planning and performance of Life Cycle Gate, including preceding Reviews. ⦁ Develop the IPT as a team in order to maximize the effectiveness of the program. ⦁ Responsible for Creating a Great Place to Work and for championing the GKN Aerospace 5 culture principles. ⦁ PD have the responsibility to make sure that all responsibilities is taken care of by the decided roles in the local IPT.

What You'll Bring

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:

⦁ Significant experience in commercial, finance, engineering or programme management disciplines. ⦁ Must possess a comprehensive knowledge in all functional disciplines and be proficient in the fundamentals of Program Management, finance and LEAN principles. ⦁ Demonstrated interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and communication skills. ⦁ Ability to lead, coach and mentor highly skilled and experienced direct reports. ⦁ Strong knowledge of government contracting process and proprietary contracts development. Broad understanding of the Aerospace industry.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits: ⦁ Competitive salary dependent on experience, along with:

  • Car Allowance of £6,300

  • Up to 36% Annual Bonus

⦁ Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis ⦁ Life Assurance 8 x salary ⦁ 25 days holiday + bank holidays ⦁ Flexible working hours ⦁ Income protection ⦁ Shopping discounts ⦁ Cycle To Work Scheme ⦁ Employee Assistance Programme ⦁ Virtual GP Clinic for you and immediate family ⦁ A collaborative, dynamic working environment As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly! We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities. That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!

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.

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’. 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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