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Program Manager I - El Cajon, CA

United States
Work Location:
El Cajon
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

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 GKNis helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems andcomponents for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We arecontinuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existingones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do.

The Program Manager I is responsible for all phases of assigned program activity, including planning, direction, control, reporting, customer interface, and program execution.  They provide rigorous program status assessment and evaluation through complete understanding of Customer expectations on product delivery, quality, and satisfaction. The Program Manager supports, motivates and holds accountable integrated Product Team members and is also responsible for: financial performance, schedule management, program team management, performance measurement, and overall program execution in assigned areas of responsibility. They will also contribute recommendations to Head of Programs, EPW for strategic and tactical planning.

Who you'll work with
The Program Manager I reports directly to the Head of Programs and communicates directly with customers, as well as motivates integrate product teams working within the program.

What you'll do

We are looking for people who want to make adifference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best ofthe future in what they do.
  • Manage Integrated Product Teams to successfully deliver against program commitments; resulting in increased customer satisfaction and program profitability.
  • Ensure alignment of program management methodology while influencing production planning and day to day issue resolution.
  • Provide direction to the Operations and functional support teams that have responsibility for the cost, quality, schedule, supplier and subcontract management, contract structure and pricing.
  • Improve efficiency by deploying Lean tools wherever possible.
  • Responsible for achieving programmatic P&L targets.
  • Responsible for the successful execution of all Program Contract Requirements.
  • Responsible for ensuring all program contractual obligations are met by producing products according to specifications.
  • Manage long and short-term program plans, including budget and capital expenditure needs.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of a business culture, which supports the Company's overall business objectives and goals, by providing leadership in issues that involve “cost, quality, process, schedule and people”.
  • Ensures the company's commitment to maintain a safe workplace and to protect the environment through the establishment and support of Company policy and adherence to various government regulations.
  • Fully complies with the "GKN Aerospace, Inc. Policy Statement on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government.


About you

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or business, or an additional 2+ years of experience combined with education required.
  • 3+ years of Program Management experience, including experience in an aerospace environment, required.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge in all processing disciplines and proficiency in the fundamentals of Program Management, finance and LEAN principles.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and communication skills.  
  • Demonstrated computer skills,e.g., Microsoft Project, Excel.
  • GKN experience preferred.
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.

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