Programme Manager - Vehicle Systems

  • Location

    Glenrothes, Fife

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Contact:

    Louise Wardle

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 months

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  • Start date:

    Jan/Feb 2019

A dynamic and high performing leader is required for the role of Programme Manager reporting directly to the Business Sector Lead for Power & Training Solutions. Vehicle Systems encompasses the development, manufacture and supply of power products for military vehicles into the UK and International markets.

This role requires engagement with senior company leadership, customers and suppliers. The role will be responsible for the negotiation of programme, commercial and technical requirements in order to achieve flawless execution of programmes, as well as driving growth through identification, capture and execution of new business opportunities

This is a complex and challenging role that will be highly rewarding and high profile, with extensive communication and interfacing with potential customers, customers, design authorities, internal stakeholders and industry stakeholders. The role requires excellent interpersonal skills and high levels of energy and stamina. The work location will be based out of Glenrothes with visits to other UK and customer sites which may require international travel.

The role of Programme Manager for Vehicle Systems will involve but not be limited to the following:

Provide effective leadership to manage and have P&L accountability for a portfolio of complex international programmes to achieve or exceed schedule, cost, and profit
Ensure that effective programme management in accordance with company process is applied and maintained in the execution and delivery of programme requirements
Achieve business growth (organic & new) through identification, capture and execution of new business opportunities
Play a lead role in the capture and bidding for multi Vehicle Systems programmes
Execute and deliver product/technology development as part of PV and SEED investments
Ensure that programme goals, objectives and strategy are clearly communicated to the Vehicle Systems team and that the programme teams are motivated to perform and deliver requirements
Act as the primary interface developing strong relationships with customers and key suppliers to ensure that they are meeting their commitments to all programmes
Manage the programme team to identify business and project risks and opportunities and to quantify and produce mitigation, capture and contingency plans
Work with functional managers to ensure that appropriate resources are available and allocated to support the Vehicle Systems programmes
Approving programme and project plans and preparing/reviewing and approving all EACs taking into account programme scope, achievement to date, ETC, EV metrics and all key risk and opportunities
Ensuring regular and effective reporting on the status of captures, investment and execution to the Business Sector Lead for Power and Training Solutions
Provide input to the AOP and 5 Year planning cycles

It is important that the successful candidate can demonstrate strong communication skills in order to ensure that any issues are dealt with efficiently and effectively. The successful candidate will be required to manage a cross functional team in order to address all risks and issues and must be proactive in building strong communication lines across the business.

Personal Characteristics

Strong Leadership skills and proactive team builder with experience of leading multi-disciplined teams
Strong interpersonal skills, team motivator, able to build strong relationships with customers and peers.
Ability to deliver multiple UK and international programmes
Able to facilitates problem solving of complex issues across business units and organisational boundaries
Excellent Communication - written and verbal at all levels within the organisation and with the customer
Ability to negotiate & influence
Motivated and able to adapt to the fast moving pace of change in operations
Ability to identify and understand technical programme issues, to summarize key concerns and follow through with development of an action plan to correct or satisfy problem areas
Staying Power maintains personal motivation over the long haul
Courage, able to make the difficult decision
Able to use their initiative to identify opportunities to suggest process and performance improvements in order to enhance our offering and delight our customers
Ability to rapidly assimilate information, culture and process to bring to maximum effect in a short space of time

Education and Experience


Degree or equivalent in Engineering or Business
Proven track record of delivering a portfolio of complex UK and International programmes
Proven track record in capture management and in growing new business
Experience of leading multi-disciplinary development and production teams
Proactive team builder who can motivate and lead by example
Innovative and creative problem solver
Detailed understanding of risk and opportunity management
Excellent influencing and negotiation skills
Bid and Proposal management, winning new, repeat or follow on business through leading and supplying winning proposals
Current holder of or eligibility to obtain SC level MoD security clearance


Experience of UK and/or International Army defence system requirements
A successful track record in setting up and executing full lifecycle development programmes
Relevant professional qualification or membership, such as APM