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Product Director

BAE Systems
Closing date
18 Mar 2024

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Job Title: Product Director

Location: Rochester. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £80k+ depending on skills and experience plus executive level benefits including car allowance and bonus

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Product Director within the Electronic Systems Sector, based at Rochester, Kent. Responsible for the Active Inceptors Product portfolio, you will be leading a cross functional team responsible for development and execution across a variety of programs on existing contract commitments and defining/delivering on future business strategy. You will be joining our current team of Product Directors who lead a variety of program and service portfolios at the Rochester facility.

What you'll be doing:

    Plan and achieve/exceed performance and financial expectations on current and future programsEnsure ownership of performance for schedule, technical soundness, quality and field reliabilityDrive improvements to achieve on-time delivery with optimal quality at lowest costDevelop and lead a dynamic team with a focus on fostering ownership, delivery, innovation and a culture of collaborationMaintain regular interface with customers on key programs and new business opportunitiesCollaborate with the existing RBC Product and functional Directors to ensure New Business, Production and Aftermarket performance supports the Product strategySharing of best practise and learning across the portfolioGrow future talent across the business
Your skills and experiences:

    Engineering degree or equivalentBackground in defence or aerospace is preferredExcellent programme execution and leadership skillsAbility to make decisions in a complex environmentProven experience in delivering strategically important and high value bidsCustomer relationship building and partnering skillsDemonstrated ability to achieve results through influencing othersProven mentoring and coaching skills

You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Rochester Business Centre team:

This position is a crucial leadership role within the Rochester Business Centre, reporting directly to the Controls and Avionic Solutions UK & RoW Business Segment Director. Your responsibilities will include managing current projects and actively seeking new business opportunities from both internal and external customer bases. This proactive approach aims to fulfil Integrated Business Planning (IBP) commitments and realize Product Strategic plans. Your role involves providing clear leadership and direction within a complex organisational structure.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 15th March 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.



BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company head-quartered in London in the United Kingdom and with operations worldwide.

Recognising that our people are our top priority we have set ourselves a number of corporate targets to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce, including uplifting our female representation in leadership roles by 15% by 2015. We recognise the challenge that this target presents, knowing that engineering is often seen as a “man’s world”. 

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