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Program Director

Company: GKN Aerospace
Location: Garden Grove
Posted on: June 26, 2018

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United States
Work Location:
Garden Grove
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About The Opportunity

What you ll do

Job Summary:

Work closely with Design Engineering, Product Development Engineering, Quality Assurance, Commercial, Business Development, Technology and Operations heading up an Integration Product Team (IPT) to lead and manage an existing production program through a significant growth phase.

Oversee Bids and Proposals in conjunction with the Commercial and Business Development teams and coordinate development of the cost budget, schedule and technical compliance to meet the requirements of the customer whether internal or external.

Responsible for the completion of the statement of work for the program. This may include R&D, detailed design, development testing, qualification testing, certification, first article approvals, initial deliveries and production ramp up to full rate production (with possible multi-site accountability).

Responsible for tracking, reporting and managing cost, schedule, PLP and scope within the program and coordinating resource requirements with the multiple departments in the IPT. This will be performed in accordance with the GKN Lifecycle Gate Process.

Responsible for Customer management and interaction, including coordination of design and specification changes to ensure achievable Design for Manufacture.

Principal Accountabilities


Lead the project interface to the customer facilitate the appropriate internal functions to interface with appropriate counterparts at the customer. Field majority of customer communication including technical, schedule and commercial issues or requirements.

Coordination and development of cost, schedule and compliance for bids and proposals in conjunction with the IPT

Engage internal resources to ensure completion of the program on schedule. Gain commitments from functional leaders for the needed resource allocations in a matrix environment.

Communicate the program requirements and goals to each person within the IPT and set & enforce consistent expectations, highlight and support the removal of roadblocks within the given parameters of the organization.

Monitor project performance, document and work with the team to solve problems that arise, ensuring that the project remains on schedule and delivers a high-quality product to the customer on-time, and within budget.

Monitor and track any project changes, ensuring that customer-generated costs are captured, documented and communicated for appropriate actions by the applicable functions.

Report on project progress to customer, involved internal participants, and senior management.

Prepared to perform duties outside of direct job description in order to meet program commitments.

About you

Experience & Qualifications


Bachelor s Degree in a technical discipline required, Master s Degree/PMP certification preferred. Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace strongly preferred.

10+ years of Program or Program Management Experience.

5+ years of experience in Military Aerospace/Large government Program Environment

3+ years of experience working on Lockheed Martin Programs/F-35 program preferred.

5+ year of cross functional team leadership experience.

Rate Ramp Up Program experience preferred.

Knowledge of Program Management, Risk Management, and MS Project preferred.

Continuous Improvement experience preferred.

U.S. citizenship required, secret clearance preferred.

EEO/AA/Minorities/Female/Disabled/Vet/Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Employer

Key Responsibilities
Not Specified
About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 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.
Diversity and Inclusion

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.

Keywords: GKN Aerospace, Garden Grove, Program Director, Executive, Garden Grove, California

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