Head of Programmes

Reference: Vacancy 502

Department: Project Management

Type of Contract: Permanent 

Salary: Competitve

Hours of Work: Monday - Friday - 37 Hours

CAD CAM Automotive (CCA) is an established and growing Automotive Engineering company who for over 100 years have been involved in the design and development of some of the world’s most iconic vehicles. 

What can we offer you?
• Competitive Salary
• 33 Days Holiday including public holidays each year
• Employer paid health cash plan (covering optical, dental plus other benefits)
• Contributory pension scheme
• Life assurance
• Corporate discounts
• Employee referral scheme
• Provided company branded work wear
• Incentives for qualified first aiders 

The Head of Programmes will have overall responsibility for overseeing the delivery of all CAD CAM Automotive programmes for a number of strategic customer engagements, driving the development and delivery of client programmes. They will be required to work with stakeholders on identifying, validating and implementing concepts, define guidelines and align project outcomes with overall business and key stakeholder requirements.  Contribute directly to the overall organisation and business strategy both in terms of project delivery frameworks, governance and interfaces with the other functional areas of the business.  Lead, manage and develop the Project Management team and provide clear direction and support in the development and delivery of its products.  Ensure progress is monitored; risks identified and appropriate mitigation against non-delivery is invoked.  Oversee and provide support for team to manage programme plan gateways, functional milestones and deliverable.  Manage constraints to ensure delivery to programme timing and budget with maximum effectiveness to achieve good customer relationships that will ultimately maximise long term profit. 

Key Tasks - Roles & Responsibilities 

• Ensure the appropriate systems and procedures are established and followed, ensuring best practices in project management are continually developed and used with appropriate Programme/Project management frameworks in place, incorporating the Gateway Review process
• Ensure programme and project reviews are regularly and effectively conducted to drive plan, monitor and control the delivery of programmes to schedule, budget and to the agreed quality level
• Ensure adequate resource in all areas of the business are provisioned to deliver programmes including Engineering, and production capacity
• Escalate and manage programme risks and issues
• Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
• Produce written reports and make presentations
• Undertake continuous training and development
• Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
• Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation
• Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required
• Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
• Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviours expected of them
• Develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility
• Ensure KPIs are met by working to the overall plan, including management of, and reporting
• Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department

Stategy and Development

• Creation and implementation of best practice programme management vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
• Have an active involvement in the development of growth of CAD CAM Automotive
• Overall responsibility for Programme Management activities across the business
• Ensure that programme management strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets and which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market
• Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities
• Take ownership of the programme management policy, guidelines and any associated documents
• Initiate and develop creative and innovative programme management processes
• Determine, set and deliver goals and objectives for the department within the Business Planning Process in line with the company's strategic aims and objectives

Candidate Requirements

• Previous experience of working in a similar role
• Substantial and proven industry experience
• Extensive experience of working on vehicle programmes
• Experience of working in a TS16949 environment
• Excellent IT skills including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Project
• Experience in delivering major engineering projects on time and within budget
• Experience of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
• Proven management experience
• Commercially and financially astute
• Project Management qualification e.g. PRINCE 2
• Six Sigma qualification (Desirable)
• Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree, HND, BTec Professional Level 5 Award or equivalent NVQ Level 5 qualifications (Desirable)

Other Information
We can currently only accept applications from candidates with the unrestricted right to work in the UK.

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