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Steve Knibbs BSc CEng MIET MAPM

Senior Manager, New Product Introductions at GE Oil & Gas

Bristol, United Kingdom
Defense & Space
  1. Active Owl Ltd,
  2. GE Oil and Gas,
  3. BAE Systems
  1. University of Kent

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University of Kent

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I am a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Association for Project Management with over 28 years experience in a variety of industries.

I am currently employed by GE Oil and Gas in a senior management position, responsible for a product development programme for deep-water subsea systems.

Prior to that I spent 12 years with BAE Systems, initially as test/integration manager, then project manager, subcontract manager, programme manager and site lead. I have a thorough understanding and experience of formal project management methodology.

My early career was as a software and systems engineer, bidding and delivering control systems to the rail, electrical, water, oil and gas industries. I managed a team of software engineers as well as external subcontractors.

I then moved to the defence industry, spending 12 years in a variety of management positions. Finally, I returned to the oil and gas industry, working in senior management roles in both project delivery and product development.

My career has covered the whole of the project life-cycle, from sales/bids through to customer acceptance and support, as both prime contractor and subcontractor. More recently, I have managed at a strategic level, growing an area of business and improving working culture and compliance.

I am also a keen amateur photographer and have gained the LRPS (Licentiate) distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

Specialties: programme management, project management, subcontract management, contract negotiation, SC cleared


Senior Manager, New Product Introductions

GE Oil & Gas
– Present (1 year 1 month)Bristol, United Kingdom

Responsible for planning and delivering a product development programme for deep-water subsea systems.


Active Owl Ltd
(2 years)Bristol, United Kingdom

Active Owl Ltd is a single-person company based in the North Bristol area, providing project management support and expertise to a range of industries.
My goal is to provide tangible benefits to your business by employing formal project management methodology and strong leadership to deliver results.

Project Management Contractor

GE Oil and Gas
(1 year)Bristol, United Kingdom and Oslo, Norway

Deputy Project Director for a subsea EPC (engineering procurement construction) contract for the North Sea. Responsible for coordinating and delivering multiple projects in UK and Norway.

Site Lead

BAE Systems
(4 years)

Responsible for site incident management, business continuity, safety, health and environment (SHE) compliance, staff liaison and general management of the site.

Delivery Group Lead

BAE Systems
(5 years)

Managing a portfolio of programmes, leading my team of project managers and engineers to exceed financial and performance targets. My experience covers all aspects of bidding and delivering complex software projects, including business development strategy, preparing and presenting business cases for investment, bidding, subcontractor assessment, contract negotiation, project and subcontract management and in-service support.

Subcontract Manager

BAE Systems
(less than a year)

Project Manager

BAE Systems
(2 years)


  • Programme Management
  • Project Management
  • Subcontracts Management
  • Program Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Risk Management
  • APMP Qualified
  • MAPM
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Defence
  • Software


University of Kent

Honors & Awards

Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM)
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
Association for Project Management APMP qualification
(International Project Management Association (IPMA) level D)
Three BAE Systems Chairmans Awards
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 3 Risk Assessments
BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering
Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)

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