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GKN Aerospace: Program Manager

The following information was provided by GKN Aerospace


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fueled 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 center of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.


Salary range: $135,000.00 - $100,000.00


The Program Manager is responsible for leading a large cross functional IPT in the management of high value/high technology products encompassing full program life cycle management. The Program Manager will be accountable for program performance including financial management, contract execution, technical implementation and Voice of the Customer ensuring proper methods are followed to track program cost, schedule, and contract compliance.


  • Ensure the execution of the program (including changes) to comply with all the business case and contractual requirements for their products.

  • Continuously monitor program execution including tracking all program cost, schedules and performance and reporting progress against program milestones and life cycle gates with relevant internal and external stakeholders.  

  • Identify customer tiered milestones and align the PMP and IMS to ensure all milestones will be achieved on schedule and on budget.

  • Ensure customer requirements are documented, understood, assessed and integrated into the Program Management Plan (PMP), Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and appropriate budgets are assigned to complete all tasks to deliver the requirements.

  • Create, implement, and advocate program improvement plans including but not limited to those related to affordability, pricing, continuous improvement, Zero Defects Manufacturing, and engineering design initiatives.

  • Champion program management excellence by ensuring adherence to all program management standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program Management framework and leading continuous improvement projects for company management policies and processes.  

  • Oversee change and manage growth on the program, executing Bids and Proposals activities to coordinate cost budget, schedule and technical compliance to meet the requirements of the customer. Ensure contract negotiation aligns to approved business case, statement of work and requirements.

  • Serve as the voice of the customer; establish and maintain constructive, collaborative, and teaming environment with the customer community. 

  • Define the vision, strategy, and budget for the program to deliver sales, profit, margin, inventory, quality, delivery and cash received in accordance with annual operating plans.

  • Proactively executes risk, issue and opportunity management to control and mitigate the risk exposure and exploit opportunities.

  • Advocate and uphold the culture associated with GKN’s Great Place to Work initiative.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (mechanical, chemical, or aerospace preferred), Operations Management, Finance, or Business; Will consider 8 years of professional experience in manufacturing or aerospace, in lieu of degree.  

  • 5 years of program management and/or aerospace leadership, either military or industry.

  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.


  • Leadership and team building skills to include fostering collaborative and positive cultures, formal and informal influencing skills, and team empowerment and motivation expertise

  • Problem solving skills and knowledge of program management tools and procedures

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Experience working inside an SSA organization 

  • Ability to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance

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?


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 endeavor, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology.

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