Programme Director

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Automotive, Motorsport

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  • Salary:

    £Highly Competitive Plus Car Allowance, Bonus and Benefits

  • Contact:

    Mark Bignell

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  • Contact phone:

    01384 446167

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Programme Director

£Highly Competitive Plus Car Allowance, Bonus and Benefits 

Location: Warwick

Programme, Director, Full Vehicle Programmes, Vehicle Integration, Attributes, Engineering, Design, Development, Project, Strategy, Concept, Delivery

Do you want to work for a forward thinking organisation that provides innovation solutions to some of the automotive industries most challenging technical problems within the development of new vehicles and platforms? We are looking for an experienced and innovative Programme Director who has the ability to take new vehicle platforms from initial concept through all design, development and launch phases, pulling together all cross functional teams to meet specific gateways, timing plans, budgets and quality standards.

The role of Programme Director will be to lead and deliver full vehicle programmes globally for multiple customers, to ensure strategic projects are planned, coordinated and delivered within set targets and objectives to ensure engineering solutions, gateways, timing plans and budgets are achieved. A hands-on, approach and can-do attitude are essential, as is the ability to communicate effective across internal teams, customers and other office locations globally in a constructive and energetic way, while providing effective management and coordination of project plans across all vehicle attributes.

As a Programme Director Engineer your main responsibilities will include;

  • Coordinating and overseeing VPD Programs and gateway management.
  • Managing Project Leaders, providing appropriate support and guidance.
  • Dealing with Key Customers/Stakeholders at a senior level.
  • Ensure all plans and programs are compatible with technical objectives
  • Set and deliver objectives to meet the group business plan and continue to grow the recognized technical excellence.
  • Ensuring the Project Leaders develop and execute engineering plans and metrics for all phases of the lifecycles in partnership with the engineering functional leads.
  • Ensuring successful project gateway reviews
  • Ensuring that the design and development tasks are undertaken using defined and agreed standards and methodologies.
  • Ensuring that the all vehicle build phases are undertaken using defined and agreed standards and methodologies.
  • Plan and deliver the future technology requirements for the business.
  • Setting KPIs, reviewing performance and putting together development plans.
  • Performance Management, resource planning and succession planning working closely with HR/Talent Acquisition teams.

As a Programme Director you will have the following:

  • Managed the delivery of full vehicle programmes for major OEM’s from initial concept through all design, development and prototype phases and onto successful launch.
  • Proven track record of leading high value programs successfully.
  • Extensive leadership in Automotive Body Engineering would be a distinct advantage allied with other domains within a vehicle programme.
  • Experience of JLR processes, methodologies, metrics would be advantageous
  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience
  • Excellent relationship building, collaboration and negotiation skills

Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon.  If you have knowledge providing strategic leadership and programme delivery with vehicle programmes covering multiple domains, having operated at a senior level being able to face off the customer and board level representatives during strategic meetings and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Programme Director role, please contact Mark Bignell at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446167 or email

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

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