Programme Management Specialist (E7 Production)West Midlands, England; Birmingham, England
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This role is full-time and will be based at Birmingham.
Wedgetail AEW Mk1 – Production Programme Manager
In Mar 2019, the MoD signed a £1.51Bn deal to purchase five E-7 Wedgetail aircraft. The E-7 fleet will replace the current E-3D Sentry aircraft and ensure the continued delivery of the UK’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
The Wedgetail AEW Mk1 is based upon the highly successful 737-700 IGW NG aircraft, and requires a significant modification programme to convert it into a high-end mission system capability. To continue its commitment to the United Kingdom prosperity, Boeing has selected STS Aviation at Birmingham as the preferred supplier to undertake the modification of the aircraft. This will involve a workforce comprised of both Boeing and STS Aviation to successfully execute the programme.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior Programme Manager to join Boeing Defence UK in a period of extensive growth within the Fixed Wing organisation. Boeing are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to work alongside the US Operations Manager to manage the Wedgetail AEW Mk1 modification programme execution. The programme is expected to take up to 5 years at Birmingham airport to complete before the aircraft transition to the Main Operating at RAF Waddington.
The Production Programme manager will be responsible for all the reporting and associated metrics aligned with the successful delivery of the aircraft programme. It will require collaboration across the Boeing enterprise and close working with the supplier. Reporting to the AEW Mk1 Programme Manager, but working directly to the US Operations Manager, the Production Programme Manager will be responsible for all Boeing Defence UK activities in support of the programme.
Key responsibilities include:
- Project Status Reporting – Working in coordination with internal and external stakeholders to ensure project reporting is timely, accurate and helpful in correctly tracking programme status and in giving overall delivery confidence. Participate in Programme Management Meetings providing accurate reporting to demonstrate programme performance. Identify variances in performance and lead recovery plans to chart a route to green on the schedule.
- Project Risk Reporting – Supporting the maintence, in consultation with workstream leads and other stakeholders, a register of project risks, issues and opportunities that relate to the scope of work. Identification of new risks, issues and opportunities and ensure they are correctly managed.
- Project Assurance and Compliance – Support the application of Boeing Programme Management Best Practice, ensuring regular assessments are undertaken.
- Management of BDUK scope of work – Management of the BDUK scope of work into the aircraft production programme, ensuring that all tasks are correctly resourced and perform to cost and schedule parameters.
- Communications – Ensure that communications across the programme are well-represented and any potential issues are brought to the early attention to the Wedgetail leadership team.
- Master Data and Assumptions List – Acting as a focal point for capture and update of project MDAL and driving assumptions to certainty wherever possible.
- Quality Review- Supporting the project in the execution against an agreed Quality Management Plan to ensure first time quality is achieved wherever possible and rework is minimised.
Candidates should have extensive experience in working with a large aircraft modification and/or maintenance environment so they can be immediately effective within a fast paced, dynamic production programme. The individual will need to be leader amongst his peers and be able to manage a large and complex group of stakeholders. The successful candidate is likely to have experience of a challenging modification programme and demonstrate the ability to solve problems and work across a multi-functional team. The candidate should be able to show the following competencies.
- Experience working with large aircraft modification and /or maintenance
- Strong Leadership skills, with a track record of successfully delivering programmes
Desired skills and attributes:
- A strong focus on schedule, cost and quality requirements.
- Proven ability to support complex and challenging modification projects in a dynamic environment. Experience of managing a Part 145 sub-contractor would be advantageous.
- Demonstrable knowledge of the aviation regulatory environment and experience of working in a Part 145 organisation. Experience of working with the MAA would be an advantage.
- Proven ability to manage change within a challenging schedule.
- Proven experience in assuring project activities for compliance with standards, procedures and baseline schedule plans in a demanding and regulated environment.
- Proven experience of good stakeholder management skills across multiple stakeholders (eg client, third parties, equipment suppliers, sponsor, assurance, contractors) to ensure project coherence and alignment.
- Proven ability to demonstrate budgetary and programme control over the life of the production contract.
- A ‘can-do’ attitude with the ability to think around problems, use intuition and get the best from those around them; a team effort
Work Authorisation: This requisition is for a locally hired position in the UK. Candidates must have current legal authorisation to work immediately in the United Kingdom. Boeing will not attempt to obtain Immigration and labour sponsorship for any applicants. Benefits and pay are determined at the local level and are not part of Boeing U.S. based payroll.
Security Clearance: This position requires the ability to obtain a UK security clearance
Visa Status and Relocation: This requisition is for a locally hired position in the UK. Relocation benefits are not available. Successful candidates must have existing / ability to obtain legal authorisation to work in the UK for continued employment.
Contingent Upon Program Award
No, this position is not contingent upon program award
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