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Supplier Lead Auditor

Date: Sep 29, 2022

Location: Blythe Valley, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircraft 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.

The Opportunity

In this brand new role, you will be integral to the development of a supplier audit programme - syncronizing the risk evaluation and need of supplier audit cross sites. Taking responsibility for effective planning, you will lead (either singularly or as part of a team), and administer Supplier Audits (production process, system, product and special process) as assigned by the sites with the requested audit scope and against relevant Regulatory Requirements, Industry Standards, Customer and GKN Aerospace requirements.You will communicate the audit report to the related GKN certified system and follow up the audit findings with the supplier in close co-operation with the site/s, sustaining and developing the audit process using related tools/checklists as well as identifying training needs at the sites.

How You'll Contribute

In this role, you will:

  • Assist GKN sites, as needed, with supplier audit planning for the development of the audit objectives, the purpose and significance of the audit scope and criteria, utilising risk based assessment techniques, resourcing the audit, auditor and team competency and the selection of team members, particularly with regard to knowledge of the relevant requirements and product/process
  • Prepare and perform the supplier audit on request of the site in close corporation with affected site/-s including preparing the audit plan, conducting on-site audit activities (either singular or as a part of a team) at the supplier, preparing working documents, conducting audit meetings, gathering audit evidence, preparing and approving and distributing the audit report and conducting the audit follow up.
  • Evaluate the audit evidence, non-conformities recommendations / opportunities for improvements and for the communication of subsequent recommendations, including risk identification to the Site/-s Procurement Manager and Quality manager
  • Assisting in coordinating audits at suppliers shared by several sites across the BLs
  • Use  appropriate audit techniques, tools and structures aligned with industry standard and best practice
  • Identify and share across the business, best practices and support continuous improvement of the Supplier Audit management and its processes.
  • Support the development of audit skills and tools at the sites
  • Monitor, in collaboration with  Site Quality manager and Procurement,  the sites supplier audit programs and surveillance activities
  • Perform Supplier Release agent authorizations as needed

Job Qualifications

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

  • Aerospace Lead Auditor training with documented content and examination
  • Detailed understanding of the ISO 19011 standard and its applications. 
  • Demonstrable domain knowledge of Aviation Regulators (EASA, FAA etc) & contracted customer quality requirements.
  • Knowledge in the use of risk based methods and techniques (ISO 31000) for audit planning and management;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of AS/EN9100 / ISO 9001 and IAQG SLA Frameworks and experience of Quality Management Systems/Process Approach. 
  • Experience in AS9145 APQP/PPAP
  • Experience in the use of the IAQG OASIS database for the input to audit planning.
  • Appropriate ‘Executive disposition’ to represent GKN Aerospace in external organisations & forums.
  • Excellent communication skills

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Opportunity to earn up to 22.5% bonus + Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    Car allowance + 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! 

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. 

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