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Quality Director

Date: May 4, 2022

Location: Blythe Valley, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A great place to work needs a great way of working; support us making GKN the trusted and most sustainable partner in the sky for our customers.

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 Quality Director can work fully remotely or be based at any of our UK sites including Blythe Valley (Solihull), Luton, Portsmouth, Cowes or Bristol, the role will require flexibility for travel to accommodate 2 national site visits monthly and quarterly international team meetings. The Quality Director will report to the Business Head of QS in this global role with accountability for assessing GKN sites to determine compliance, robustness of systems and effectiveness at meeting the Quality Expectations (customer, regulatory and GKN requirements).  The incumbent will draw on their significant experience to identify gaps and frailties and act as a coach to the sites to share knowledge on how to improve whilst identifying and sharing best practices to increase GKN Aerospace performance.


Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the assessment of GKN sites to determine compliance to requirements, robustness of their systems and if Quality Expectations are being met and enable the delivery of the Quality improvement objectives
  • Support the development of the global Quality vision for Quality by providing technical direction on what world class performance looks like, collaboratively work with the global and business line Quality leaders to collaboratively define methods and processes
  • Share the vision for Quality in an engaging way and use influencing and communication skills to deliver change through the organization to achieve the Quality improvement goals 
  • Provide executive reports based on the complex analysis of the assessments that clearly articulate the gaps and frailties and share insights and best practices on how to improve  
  • Review and monitor the corrective actions plans to ensure they are adequate and progress in a timely manner
  • Holistically analyse the results of the site assessments, identifying trends, systemic weaknesses and best practices to share
  • Develop and recommend improvement strategies and approaches
  • Act as coaches to COO’s and site leaders to strengthen the Quality understanding and ownership, to reduce risk and improve performance, through the sharing of expert knowledge and assessment of the systems
  • Complete complex analysis of the systems, tools and processes as well as competence of personnel to assess and draw conclusions on compliance and risk using expert knowledge

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:


  • Extensive experience gained from a Quality role within a highly regulated manufacturing environment such as the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Automotive, Nuclear and Aerospace industries
  • Experience of effectively implementing Quality Systems including customer flow down, industry standards and regulatory requirements in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of line management to rapidly assess performance, culture and systems within complex organizations and cross functionally 
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment 
  • Experience of holding others accountable for delivering improvement plans
  • Experience of root cause corrective actions including facilitating and coaching teams and reviewing outputs
  • Experience of complex analysis of processes utilising a broad source of inputs and data sources


  • A relevant BSc or equivalent in a Scientific or Engineering discipline
  • Recognised Auditor or Lead Auditor certification
  • Quality experience gained from the Aerospace Manufacturing industry where you have gained expert knowledge of industry specific quality requirements
  • Experience of quality auditing to an international standard such as AS/EN9100, AS/EN9110 or AS/EN9120

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 Quality Director will demonstrate an executive presence to present findings and articulate gaps in a clear and constructive manner, overcoming resistance and mastering ambiguity. The incumbent will be able to quantify consequences to prioritize actions whilst influencing and persuading others and managing conflict in an engaging way.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £60,000 to £80,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • £6,300 car allowance per annum
  • £1,411 fuel allowance per annum
  • Opportunity to earn up to 36% bonus 
  • Retirement Benefit Allowance
  • Single Private Medical Cover with the option to add family cover
  • 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