Sr. Programme Manager - Drivetrain Systems

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa, Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/07/2023

Job Description



Role: Sr. Programme Manager – Drivetrain Systems

Location: Midlands/Shoreham by the Sea


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


You will be responsible for successfully leading the delivery of complex Driveline/Powertrain engineering projects to a diverse list of global customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. You will work with industry recognised experts to deliver cutting edge solutions to our customers.


This role Interfaces between members of the Ricardo engineering team, the Practice Area teams and the Delivery Excellence team from the time of programme award, through to programme delivery to execute a project according to client expectations and corporate requirements.


You will ensure excellent two-way communication of expectations, requirements, and delivery of results against project targets, developing timelines, and managing project teams.


The Senior Programme Manager is the key customer contact and has full responsibility for delivering the operational, technical, and commercial outcomes for both Ricardo and the Customer, through effective management of all the business resources within Ricardo and suppliers.


Key Responsibilities

As a Senior Programme Manager at Ricardo, you will be responsible for leading the most complex multi-disciplinary projects, managing risk and Ricardo’s commercial exposure whilst ensuring that all projects are completed to time, cost and quality requirements, whilst achieving high levels of customer satisfaction.

You will be the senior customer interface for the project, establishing strong and effective customer relationships
Ensure projects are delivered in adherence to Ricardo’s internal project management processes and procedures
You will work directly with customer and/or Ricardo engineers to understand the scope of the project and to ensure that all objectives are known and achievable
Develop a plan and staffing needs to deliver the project, including risks and opportunities
Monitor project progress, resources, tools, materials, expenses, and schedules; resolves discrepancies and bring issues to management’s attention, if needed
Liaise between the various departments internally to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the project
Prepare project reviews and reports for stakeholders on achievements, progress, risk management and change management
Deliver superior levels of customer service to both internal and external customers
Identification and capture of lessons learned throughout the project to support continuous improvement
Managing and monitoring project scope and leading customer negotiations on changes
Performs other job-related duties as assigned
Supporting development of Ricardo’s internal project management capability by supporting and mentoring more junior members of the programme management team
Ensures effective communication and coordination on assigned projects between all project participants including clients, vendors, Ricardo leadership, and other departments and engineering staff
May have management responsibility for personnel matters.
Monitors and supervises daily activities, sets priorities to ensure task completion, focus on departmental objectives.
May lead small teams, resolve problems.
Depending on the project worked on, the role will involve some travel.


Qualifications and Experience

Be degree-qualified in a relevant subject, currently delivering projects in a multi-disciplinary engineering environment
Have a professional project management background with a proven track record of delivery over a minimum of 5 years at a senior level
Affiliation with a recognized professional programme management body (PMI or APM) would be beneficial
Managing technically complex projects



Excellent skills in report and proposal writing
Demonstrate good numerical and analytical capability
High level proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite plus Microsoft Project. Experience of managing projects within SAP ERP would be beneficial
Excellent presentation skills and communication skills
Strong but customer-aware negotiation skills; ability to influence
Strong problem solving, analytical and listening skills
Managing resources outside direct supervisory control to achieve objectives
Working as part of a team to achieve team objectives
Understanding of and sensitivity to commercial factors
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present to and manage customers
The ability to work with the Business Development team to achieve further sales with existing customers
Ability to manage changing requirements both within Ricardo and the customer
Be commercially astute with a demonstrable track record of successfully negotiating scope changes with customers
Have a natural desire to contribute to continuous improvement within the business
Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task
Self-supporting to interrogate business systems and generate required documentation and reports to demonstrate project status


Personal Attributes

Be a team player with good communication and interpersonal skills
Be a self-starter who enjoys solving problems and helping others achieve goals
Demonstrate good attention to detail and organisational skills
Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic, and matrixed organization


Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.