Lead Programme Engineering Manager

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  • Location

    Chester, Cheshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Contact:

    Louise Wardle

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 months+

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Lead Programme Engineering Manager with a strong defence engineering background is required to provide engineering management on major modification and development projects.

The role involves but is not limited to the following:
Responsible for the oversight of Engineering activities across the function section reporting to the Head of Engineering
Representing the Head Engineering at local level Leadership Team meetings as required reporting status and flowing down LT briefs
Day to day management of programme development with support from staff based across the engineering function whose skill profiles include: design, systems, Electrical/Avionics, Requirements, Mechanical Design Software Developers, Systems Engineers and Design Authorities
Close liaison with Technical Leads to ensure technical integrity of programmes
Responsible for programme adherence to schedule
Manage cost adherence to the programme budgets, using 'earned value' techniques
Cost Account Management for function, project control and reporting via EV / EAC monitoring
Resource management of engineering functions
Technical point of contact and liaison point for key customer organisations
Technical interface and management of programme's contractors & sub-contractors
Configuring and maintaining performance measures and matrices for the above
Establishing and implementing the process improvement across engineering and the business as agreed with the Heads of Business and Heads of Function

Candidates will have proven technical expertise and management on defence programmes and with knowledge and experience of other related disciplines, please note that this is NOT an IT Programme Manager or PMO role.
A clear understanding of financial management and impacts on programmes is also required as is experience and knowledge of managing and motivating a group of engineers with varying and diverse skill sets
Working with the development team the Engineering Manager will provide technical solutions with a high degree of ingenuity and creativity
Candidates must be able to use process from a varied 'tool box' of problem solving techniques
The ability to facilitate problem solving within a team environment is also required.
The Engineering Manager will have the gravitas to be recognised as main point of contact of programme engineering issues for the programmes
The ability to exercises latitude in determining programme structure and engineering management approach is required together with the ability to undertake the day to day management and motivation of a team of engineers over the duration of the assignment
Candidates should be confident and competent in a "customer facing" role, representing the organisation as the engineering contact on contracts and projects
The ability to interact with senior external personnel on significant engineering matters often requiring coordination between organisations is also required.
Demonstrable experience over a range of programmes in the defence or other relevant sectors and business areas
A Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Science, Aeronautical Engineering or other related field is required.

Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance.