Programme Manager Ref# V-32741

  • South East, West Sussex, UK
  • £68000 - £75000 per annum
  • Permanent
  • V-32741

Holt Executive are partnered with a leading electro-optics design and manufacturing business, which is seeking a Programme Manager to join their Programme team.

The Programme Manager will oversee the integrated execution of assigned programs, which encompass concurrent internal and external projects for clients within a designated domain.

Key Responsibilities for the Programme Manager:

  • Develop and support project management staff for assigned program projects. Ensure assigned program meets profit, revenue, and growth targets through resource planning, cost control, learning from similar projects, and managing benefits.
  • Help create proposals, including project team size, workload, schedule, and cost estimates. Assist Business Development in building customer relationships.
  • Staff and launch new program contracts and R&D projects on time, assessing resource needs throughout.
  • Ensure project and business needs are clear and followed, documented in official records, and projects are delivered per company procedures.
  • Lead and communicate project direction at the program board level, including making minor decisions and communicating with clients and key partners as needed.
  • Liaise with project engineers and managers to ensure technical procedures are followed, identify, and manage critical project factors, and manage accurate resource requirements.
  • Collaborate with the Programme Director and others to forecast resource needs and help the company prepare for operational and facility needs of future projects.
  • Gather and summarise project reports for weekly consolidated reporting and escalate issues to the Programme Director for senior leadership resolution.
  • Support project teams to conduct sound risk analysis, consolidate risks for the program, and reduce overall program risk exposure.
  • Oversee program project management staffing, including recruitment and training, and provide leadership and development for assigned project managers.
  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly project reports and revenue plans. Communicate any impacts to revenue, cash flow, and forecasts early. Lead recovery efforts if projects deviate from plans. Support program director in assessing program performance metrics like profit and loss, risk exposure, etc.

Key Skills & Experience Required by the Programme Manager:

Essential –

  • Recognised project management qualification.
  • Experience in leading and guiding high-performing teams to operate within an agile, fast-paced, and collaborative working culture.
  • Background in engineering development, particularly of complex systems and projects ideally within a defence or aerospace industry.
  • Strong commercial acumen.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining project plans using Microsoft Project.
  • Maintain personal ability to travel within the UK and abroad as required (driving licence, passport etc).

Desirable –

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, project management or a related field.

Company Benefits:

  • 37.5 hour working week and lunchtime finishes on a Friday.
  • 28 days annual leave and Christmas closure.
  • Employee Help@Hand Service gives you and your family access to four key services including remote GP service, second opinion, mental health pathway service, and physiotherapy consultations.
  • Life Assurance Policy, including Bereavement Counselling and Probate Helpline.
  • Company Share Incentive Plan and Save as You Earn Scheme.
  • Wellbeing initiatives, including access to the Aviva Wellbeing App and the addition of mental health support for all employees plus regular activities across all sites to support and promote well-being.
  • Employee discounts scheme (including access to an additional wellbeing hub).
  • Excellent Learning & Development opportunities.

If your skills and experience match this Programme Manager opportunity, we encourage you to apply by sending your CV to 


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