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Program Launch Leader

United States
Work Location:
North Carolina
Advertising End Date:
03 Aug 2019
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

What you’ll do

The Program Launch Manager is responsible for managing the execution of one or more program for Driveline products or Driveline systems to deliver approved targets i.e. time, quality, gross margin, ROIC & product cost.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the execution of one or more program for Driveline products or Driveline systems to deliver approved targets i.e. time, quality, gross margin, ROIC & product cost.
  • Initiate Program Management following authority being received from relevant management committee or from NBA meetings.
  • Establish the Program Management (PM) organisation, including the core team. Using the PM Kick-off meeting, ensure that all relevant information is reviewed by the PM core team, including approved program targets, specific customer requirements, product & process deviations, previous concern history relating to the customer and products to be launched.
  • Ensure that a Know-how transfer plan is defined (if necessary) which takes account of all identified requirements.
  • Set targets for all individuals involved, including Account Team, Quality, Purchasing, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, and Controlling.
  • Ensure that a VA/VE plan is defined and executed to achieve improved Program gross margin.
  • Define comprehensive PM Project Plan, including a Master Program Timing Plan, ensuring alignment with customer vehicle development and APQP requirements.
  • Manage and coordinate performance to Master Program Timing Plan to ensure that:
    • Equipment availability aligns with requirements
    • Engineering specifications exist, are appropriate, and are released under established change control methodology to support program timing.
    • Manufactured components are produced on time and in accordance with quality requirements
  • Identify and resolve non-conformances relative to program launch including ensuring that root cause analysis, containment, and permanent counter-measures are executed and sustained.
  • Together with the Account Team, lead the management of the customer interface to ensure GKN Driveline business objectives are met during launch.
  • Lead the tracking of product costs for the different design changes with the support of the Account Team, Finance and Purchasing to ensure that detailed and accurate cost data is available when required.
  • Lead progress of all PM activities, including Action Lists, Risk Management, Change Management, VA/VE, Lessons Learned and KHT activities to ensure approved program targets are achieved.
  • Ensure all concerns are addressed and resolved in acceptable timescales. Share any lessons learnt through use of relevant databases.
  • Ensure management are kept aware of progress against approved targets.
  • Lead all gateway reviews with appropriate levels of management.
  • Arrange for I-SHARE program database to be created, accessible by all members of the PM organisation and authorized management.
  • Ensure that all required information is managed in I-SHARE Program database.
  • Ensure program status is kept up-to-date in on-line reporting system.
  • Ensure adherence to Customer Application Program Management Process (Driveline CAPM), including the approval and rejection of deviations.
  • Adhere to all relevant Driveline processes if executing a Stage D Program 
  • Ensure that a comprehensive Risk Management plan is compiled & maintained as an active document which takes account of previous concern history and other risks identified from other functions.
  • Lead and coordinate team activities of all functions and operations involved in the program. For a LM, the scope could be a local category 4 program.
  • Develop, obtain approval for, and subsequently track spend against program budget throughout program duration. Identify any significant deviations & seek re-approval of budget as appropriate.


About you

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Mechanical Engineering Preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in program or project management role (full project responsibility)
  • 5+ years’ experience in manufacturing environment (metal working preferred)

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Financial background / MBA or equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of standard office software products
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all organizational levels
About Us

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 Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

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.

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