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Engineering Applications Specialist

Date: Sep 29, 2022

Location: Blythe Valley, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

Job Summary

The Engineering Applications Specialist will be based at our Blythe Valley (Solihull) office although there is flexibility for the successful candidate to work from home for up to 90% of the time and flexibility to travel to our Filton (Bristol) site twice a month will be required. The incumbent will be part of our CoE Engineering IT function supporting our Civil and Defence programmes for our UK sites as an integral part of the wider IT applications team and the global IT organisation, the position will report to the Global CAD\CAM\CAE Manager. The Engineering Applications Specialist will provide the business global engineering application support delivering best practices around the development and configuration of CAD\CAM\CAE applications and solutions in line with business requirements and the IT operating model. As a trusted partner to the business, you will work alongside the IT business partners, project management office, compliance, security and IT operations teams.

Established in 2019, Blythe Valley hosts GKN Aerospace’s Global Functions which provide support to all of our employees, across a range of activities including; HR, IT, Finance, HSE, Corporate Governance, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Global Communications and Legal. We partner with the world’s major aircraft and Original Equipment manufacturers including; Airbus, Astronics, Aviation Partners Boeing, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Dassault, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Honeywell, Jaguar Land Rover, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MOD, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, Textron, Triumph. Blythe Valley is home to 50+ employees and onsite/local facilities include Break out spaces, communal café, showers, Java Lounge coffee house, day care nursery, health club, cycle and motorcycle covered
parking and vehicle electric charging stations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively, professionally and openly as part of the CoE team
  • Provide 3rd line technical application support in disciplines including enterprise deployment, license hosting & monitoring, application environment management, change control, version upgrading and retiring and cross domain toolbox consolidation & sharing
  • Work within the ITSM incident and request management framework ensuring engineering business continuity is maintained and our global project management demand stream delivers local and global improvement projects
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to resolve engineering functional and business requirements into technical solutions
  • Support functional acceptance testing for new application rollouts
  • Virtual and physical support of users located at various sites across Europe, US and Asia
  • Coordinate the resolution of toolset issues with software vendors

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Significant engineering applications focused IT experience
  • Experience of supporting a variety of stakeholders to a senior level
  • Experience of working cross functionally
  • Experience of supporting continuous improvement  projects
  • Experience of IT service management (helpdesk) including change control
  • Experience of creating and delivering technical presentations
  • Advanced competency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • A relevant BSc Degree in an Engineering or IT discipline
  • Manufacturing or Aerospace industry experience 
  • Experience of CAD\CAM\CAE
  • Experience of Enterprise Application Deployment techniques
  • Experience of Microsoft SCCM or Visio
  • Experience of Lean or ITIL processes
  • Experience of application licensing and monitoring  

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The Engineering Applications Specialist will be a proactive, approachable and flexible team player wo works equally as well independently and who is focused on customers, solutions and continuous development/improvement. The incumbent will be confident and professional whilst applying their strategic and tactical mind set and utilising their excellent communication, organisation and problem solving skills.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • £35,000 to £50,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply