Programme Manager

Fixed-term Full-time Aston Martin in Management Email Job
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Job Description

For over 110 years Aston Martin has made the most exquisitely addictive performance sports cars.


But no one builds an Aston Martin on their own. Behind these legends and landmarks are hundreds of dreamers, darers and doers who make extraordinary happen, every single day. That’s why the name of everyone who has ever worn our famous wings is inscribed on the wall of our factory.


As we embark on an exciting new era for the business, we need the very best people to write their own chapter on our journey to become the world’s most desirable ultra-luxury British performance brand.


Join us.


Job Purpose:

The Programme Manager runs individual vehicle programmes within a carline.  They are responsible for the day-to-day delivery of all aspects of the programme from initial definition through to Start of Production.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create and Manage Product Definition
    • Produce through cascade of corporate objectives from Business and Cycle Plans, in line with MISSION delivery process.
    • Define detail by leading the cross-functional Project team.
    • Ensure there is compatibility across all areas.
    • Document & communicate using the SEL/PDL process.
    • Manage and escalate as required any changes to Product Definition to ensure alignment and communicate to the business.
  • Ensure Gateway and Checkpoint Adherence
    • Work with each deliverable owner to ensure they meet the requirements of each programme milestone within the required timescale
    • Identify incompatibilities ahead of the event and put in place actions to resolve.
    • Escalate issues as required to ensure the responsible area is supported to resolve outstanding actions.
    • Ensure any Amber issues are followed up to completion following a gateway in the prescribed timescale.
  • Manage the Bill of Material to ensure this is completed to the required timescale for BoM file set-up, virtual series events and physical builds with inputs from all areas and aligned with product definition.
  • Lead the Programme Steering Team through creating the agenda based upon programme priorities and ensuring the cross-functional Project team supports with the necessary information.  Communicate this status to Senior Management weekly.
  • Lead Change Management – Own and manage the change deck from approval of eCMS concerns being added to the deck, setting the containment and permanent corrective action constraints, validator and approving ERNs (Sheet A) raised on the back of this.
  • Deliver Prototype Builds – Lead the relevant departments to plan and execute prototype builds including number of vehicles, specification, BOM, and prototype commodity plans to ensure all requirements are compatible and builds are fit for purpose.
  • Support Cost Target Setting and Cascade
    • Support Team Leader set targets through cascade of corporate objectives from Business Plan and through benchmark / should cost data.
    • Define detail by leading the cross-functional Project team.
    • Ensure there is compatibility across all areas.
    • Document & communicate in collaboration with the Finance team.
  • Lead Cost Management
    • Lead, with the Finance team, the regular programme finance reviews.- will be supported by the Team Leader
    • Manage and escalate as required any changes to programme finances, identify any gaps to target and direct the cross-functional team to mitigate.
    • Manage Programme Timing / VPP
      • Create the Vehicle Programme Plan in line with MISSION principles and process whilst integrating cross functional commodity and other critical timing factors.
      • Identify areas of incompatibility and lead the team to resolve, escalating where necessary, to maintain target timing.
    • Manage the ETRS – Ensure the ETRS is set in line with MISSION process.  Manage the team to deliver to the ETRS requirements.
    • Ensure the programme adheres to MISSION and other company processes.
    • Seek out opportunities to improve processes and work with the stakeholders to roll out.
    • Ensure collaborative working across the whole Project Team including the Vehicle Line Managers (VLMs – technical project team members) and Project Leads (PLs – commercial team members)

Qualification & Experience:

  • Engineering Degree or equivalent in appropriate discipline
  • Direct experience of whole vehicle or complex system delivery in an engineering environment
  • Experience of delivery through a new product introduction scheme such as MISSION / GPDS
  • Experience of OEM based whole vehicle delivery
  • Deep understanding of the phases of a new product delivery programme
  • Understanding of the phases of a whole vehicle programme in OEM environment
  • Able to lead x-functional Project teams in technical and commercial environments
  • Competent in major Microsoft Office suite of programmes
  • Strong time management, accuracy, diligence, ability to balance and prioritise multiple tasks to meet programme objectives.
  • Logical, objective approach to planning and problem solving
  • Good leadership qualities – able to lead a matrixed x-functional team to deliver objectives

Belong at Aston Martin

We understand that the incredible beauty, craft and art that defines an Aston Martin comes from the inclusion of our amazing people.

We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.  We celebrate diversity and are seeking applicants who can bring something different.  Please speak to us if there is anything you need to support making an application with us.


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