Programme Manager

Reference: VAC-123
Sector(s): Automotive, Aerospace & Defence
Salary: £ 50,000 Per Annum
Town/City: Coventry
Contract Type: Permanent

Sheridan Blake Executive Search and Selection are currently looking to recruit a Programme Manager based in Coventry.

Responsible for the overall management of assigned customer programs. Leads program team to execute product development / launch programs for components, systems, and full platforms. Meet all internal and customer targets and objectives. Interfaces with all levels of internal and customer management on all aspects of planning, scheduling, organizing, directing and controlling the program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties required for successful job performance):

Leadership and Ownership: 

Leadership of the Program Team. Representing team in a professional manner to the customer and management.Takes personal responsibility for program success.Motivates the PT to meet commitments and holds the team accountable.Ensure appropriate program staffing by establishing assignments and workload. Work withmanagement to ensure that proper staffing is maintained.Program planning in all regards including program timeline and customer MRDs.Maintaining the Program Team morale. Resolving conflicts between team members and departments.Clarifying roles and responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the team.Follow the industry best practices including Program Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to ensure world class program management. Utilize available Program Management tools such as risk management and lessons learned to successfully launch program.


Program Team Management:

Managing and running Program Team meetings.Managing relevant program documentation including Customer Statement of Work, Open Issues List, Timeline, Monthly Project Reports and 39 Steps.Establish internal and external targets, objectives, and deliverables by working with Management, Customers, and Program Team.Support Manufacturing Team (Launch Manager and the Plant Launch Team) in pre-volume production builds, team meetings, plant based customer reviews, and critical production preparation activities. Ensure appropriate program team members support launch efforts.Ensure drawing, prototype and production tooling schedule is managed to support and builds and MRDs.

Financial Targets, AR, PCAQ:

Manage and report on roadmap to achieve financial commitments. Achieves all internal and external financial targets.


Program monitor and control via attending design reviews, ensuring adherence to delivery schedule, visiting customer locations and assembly plants, reviewing budget status reports, personally visiting supplier manufacturing locations to conduct supplier readiness reviews, participating in prototype and internal production builds.


Audits DVP&R and PVP&R to ensure successful completion on time. Manages the change process.

Customer Satisfaction:

Fosters an effective customer relationship to maintain personal credibility. Manages the team to ensure on time adherence to customer MRDs.Utilize project scope control tools including Statement of Work (SOW), written responses to scope change requests and quotes that include product, cost and timing impact to manage Standard interests.

Risk Management:

Plans for the future including identifying Risks. Uses appropriate Risk Mitigation tools to prevent problems from occurring.Raises future risks using escalation processes and clearly identifying to management specific tasks, deliverables and support needed to mitigate future risks.


Leads the Program Team to meet all customer quality targets. Launches products below targets for launch cost, scrap and containment.Meets all customer quality systems and processes.


Adheres to all standards for safety for himself and his team.Ensures safety is considered in all product builds especially in customer production facilities.

Global Management Skills (where applicable):

Ability to function in a different culture, matching interpersonal skills to the culture. Knowledge of the culture of other countries to better understand conflict and issues. Aptitude at managing through the hierarchy and organizations in other cultures. Skill at putting information into a format that is best understood and accepted in a different culture. Capacity and willingness to learn other languages.

REQUIRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE (These are the traditional minimum, or required, bona-fide occupational qualifications and other requirements of most people in this job). 

BachelorsDegree in Engineering.Master’s Degree preferred.Ten years experiencein the automotive industry.Experience in at least 3 functional areas; Quality, Manufacturing, Product Engineering, Finance, Operations, Sales, etc.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those needed to perform the essential functions of the job).

Leadership.Team management.Problem solving.High degree of task and objective orientation

REQUIRED DECISION-MAKING AND ORGANIZATION IMPACT (Describe the typical types of decisions made by employees in this job and the likely impact of those decisions on the Company).

Mastery of at least one functional area (technical) required for this level of decision making.Ability to interface successfully at high level of customer organizations.High degree of problem solving and decision making skills.Logical with good critical thinking skills.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS (Indicate job titles for this job’s supervisor and direct reports).

PT reports to the Program Manager via a matrix organization.

WORKING CONDITIONS (Describe the environment within which the work is performed).

Office, plants, supplier plants, customer plants.

For more information on Programme Manager please contact Thomas Barker at Sheridan Blake Executive Search.

Our Consultants at Sheridan Blake Executive Search have many years experience in delivering a quality Contract and Permanent recruitment service for Accountancy and Finance, Automotive, Aerospace and Defence, Information Technology, Technical, Sales, Marketing and HR and Technical and Engineering. Sheridan Blake Executive Search and Selection works successfully with an extensive list of businesses, providing an honest, ethical and professional service to both candidates and clients.

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