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POST DATE 8/18/2016
END DATE 3/22/2017

GKN Aerospace Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg, SC
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Job Classification
Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Role Purpose
Provide management oversight and control of assigned program management areas of GKN Aerospace, insuring that cost, quality and schedule commitments are planned for and/or met. Use continuous improvement tools to lead, guide, evaluate and optimize the manufacturing process functions (value stream) to reduce materials, time and resources needed to manufacture the end product. Install metrics systems that will give management the indices needed to ensure that optimum results are achieved, while providing visual daily indicators that will identify sources of risk that may prevent achieving predetermined goals. The Program Manager focuses on the daily individual process optimizations that have been established to provide the business requirements for excellent customer service, such as quality, value and profit margin for the company. Provide day-to-day coordination to the various multi-discipline teams, which have the responsibility to manage cost, quality, schedule and performance objectives of each specific activity from pre-proposal, through contract award and program management of development contracts.
Key Responsibilities

Provide program management direction of specific program activities across many functional disciplines in order to meet the company's business cost, quality and schedule requirements.

Conduct, lead and implement Kaizen events as necessary to optimize the various functions of the production processes to continually improve the value stream of the program.

Use continuous improvement (lean) tools and policies to achieve real and lasting process/product refinement.

Provide daily leadership of the production floor multi-functional team review of the key measurements that indicate success and/or failure in the process flow to meet production targets.

Insure systems required to track and manage cost and schedule requirements are operational and available for staff. Insure that assigned programs and/or pre-proposal and proposal activities are managed to requirements and according to company procedure.

Provide for periodic management review with assigned programs and ensure professional customer interface is developed and maintained with assigned customers.

Insure contractual conditions and changes are properly reviewed, negotiated and incorporated by all functional disciplines.

Provide for identification and winning of follow-on work through personal involvement and leadership, to ensure all programs activities conform to company quality and safety requirements.

Assume responsibility for decisions concerning planning, direction of tasks and the coordination of budgetary activities with authority to require action within any functional area when necessary,

Develop a highly motivated, well-trained staff capable of meeting short and long term staffing requirements of the department and Company.

Assist in the development and maintenance of a corporate culture, which supports the Company's overall business objectives and goals, by providing leadership in issues that involve cost, quality, process, schedule and people .

Provide leadership and direction with emphasis on team building.

Ensure 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.

Comply with GKN Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government.

Administer and comply with the Company's human resources policies and procedures to provide fair and equitable treatment for all employees while ensuring optimum productivity and resource utilization. Prepare and conduct regular employee performance reviews with each directly reporting subordinate at least once each year.

Apply the Company's Diversity Policy to all personnel actions and implement effective affirmative action to ensure attainment of the company's Diversity goals.

Qualifications / Experience / Skills

Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or related discipline required. An advanced degree in business and/or engineering is highly desirable. A minimum of 10-15 years of applicable aviation/aerospace manufacturing operations, finance, contracts, and/or program management work experience is required. Adept at leading cross functional teams delivering aerospace products that are manufactured to OEM specifications.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer (minorities/women/veterans/disabled)