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Programme Director - Defence

Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Programme Director

Innova Search are proudly representing a UK engineering specialist who supply bespoke engineered products and solutions to some of the largest defence and manufacturing companies globally. The company have been operating for over 80 years and has over 1000 worldwide.

Over the past 30 years, the business has tendered and successfully won large-scale, multi-year manufacturing contracts across the defence sector, due to this, the company is going through sustained growth and offers an excellent career opportunity to help drive this organic growth even further.

This role requires site-based work in the Manchester area four days per week

Purpose of the Role:

To oversee the programme for major defence customers, managing quality, cost, delivery, risk and opportunities. Act as the primary contact to the major contractor for all project-related matters.

This will be an all-encompassing role with direct responsibility for the Defence and Operational Team. You will heavily interact with the rest of the internal organisation, utilising support across various teams (Engineering, Quality, Operations, Supply Chain and Finance)


  • Successfully deliver the programme within quality, cost and delivery requirements
  • To have full responsibility over the P&L for the Defence projects
  • Manage risk and opportunities within the project
  • Act as a direct liaison to the major defence contractor (customer)
  • Demonstrate a clear leadership style and lead a team of varying skill sets and capabilities
  • Coordinate and lead programme updates and communications
  • Interact and influence stakeholders within the wider team to offer support for the Programme
  • Support the Defence Transformation Project to deliver a best in class facility
  • Implement best in class visual management and project reporting
  • To work collaboratively within a matrix style organisation ensuring cohesion and support across the business

Job Requirements:

  • A proven Programme Director with experience of leading complicated engineered projects within a matrix management environment
  • Ability to successfully implement and sustain change management
  • Resilient and able motivate team through challenging new product introduction
  • Experienced in senior level customer communications and stakeholder management
  • Ability to operate at a high level whilst also being able to deep dive into detail
  • The ability to develop and implement business plans and resource strategies
  • Budgetary ownership experience


  • Excellent Leadership skills and a genuine proven track record in Change Management Programs
  • Proven techniques evidencing a truly inspirational approach in the management of people
  • Demonstrated career development in leadership, as well as experience of leading large teams to achieve incredible results

Additional Information:

Due to the nature of the projects undertaken within the company, you must obtain UK Security Clearance upon offer acceptance.

If you feel you meet the requirements for this role, please click apply now.

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