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Head of Programmes

Posted 25 January by Owen Daniels Consultancy Easy Apply Ended

Head of Programmes

Our client is a leading aerospace manufacturing business and they are currently recruiting for an experienced Head of Programmes to join their growing team. They are known worldwide for their incredible reputation and engineering excellence.

Head of Programmes


  • To provide oversight and leadership of a site Program Management Office (PMO).
  • Monitor the activities of the PMO, ensure high quality of activities and report status and issues to the VP Program Management.
  • Be the focal point of the PMO to the site business unit.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Team to meet or exceed our Customer’s expectations in terms of quality, cost and delivery.
  • In addition to the above requirements this role will also require the management of programs as required to support the program management function.


  • Program Managers, Project Managers and Coordinators

Head of Programmes

PMO Accountabilities:

  • Member of Site Leadership Council (SLC) representing the PMO. Communicates new or revised policies, procedures or any critical information to the group
  • Manages site PMO budget including Re-forecast (RF) updates
  • Approves Program Manager / Project Manager / Coordinator travel permits
  • Monitors and approves team holiday, sickness and absence
  • Attends all weekly and monthly Executive meetings
  • Supports all non-customer audits (ie: Quality, ISO, AS, Trade Compliance, etc.)
  • Ensures the site PMO adheres to company policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Assists in the generation and modification of PMO policies and procedures
  • Supports Marketing in new business opportunities for customers or programmes not assigned
  • Responsible for PM goal setting and annual performance appraisals
  • Monitors Program Manager / Project Manager / Coordinator performance and offers recommendations for improvement
  • Assists Program Manager / Project Manager / Coordinator to eliminate internal constraints and prioritize tasks within the site
  • Carries out special duties as assigned


  • Supports marketing new business activities by providing the program management section of proposals.
  • After contract award, coordinates and works with marketing to develop plans and set strategy for achieving follow-on business.
  • Acts as the company representative and prime customer contact for all assigned programs.
  • All customer questions or problems concerning assigned programs are resolved by the incumbent or directed to the proper area for resolution.
  • By developing customer confidence in company products and services, additional business opportunities are explored through coordination with the Marketing representative.
  • Identifies and secures program team members in agreement with SBU and Functional Heads.
  • Due to the matrix management type organization structure for programs, the position does not have direct line responsibility for employees.
  • The incumbent directs and coordinates the efforts of all employees assigned to the program team.
  • Maintains a risk management system where risks and issues are identified, prioritized and mitigation plans and recovery strategies are defined and actioned.
  • Responsible for all facets of assigned programs working within objectives, goals and funding requirements established by management.
  • Incumbent produces and manages the Program Management Plan, ensuring all aspects of the program, including Technical, Commercial and Supply Chain activities are integrated into a Master Program Schedule.
  • A detailed breakdown of work to be accomplished is prepared and specific tasks are assigned to various functional organizations.
  • Allocates and controls funds and prepares reports to monitor actual verses budgeted costs.
  • Progress on program status and performance is constantly monitored through review meetings, reports and presentations to management and customers.
  • When necessary the incumbent may lead a team to negotiate changes in the contractual agreement due to changes in specifications, schedules, or any other element of the agreement.
  • Participates in the resolution of technical and commercial in-service issues, especially with regards to Customer Interaction and relationship.
  • Carries out special duties as assigned

Head of Programmes

Key skills and competencies required:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Engineering preferred and post-graduate education is desirable.
  • Extensive experience in Program Management
  • Strong aerospace background desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple activities, projects and personnel issues
  • Effective motivator, mentor, communicator and problem solver.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with continuous improvement techniques
  • Ability to travel

Reference: 34322019

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