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Design Engineer (Concessions) Filton site, Bristol

Date: Nov 27, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

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 38 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

At our Filton site, we specialise in the design and manufacture of large complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a combination of both civil and military aircraft. We are seeking a new Engineer to join our Concessions Design team to develop, integrate and implement technical solutions. With existing experience of aerospace concessions, you will be a real problem-solver who can use your experience to ensure all designs are compliant with customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirement and in-line with programme, schedule and manufacturing constraints. 

How You'll Contribute

In this varied and interesting role, you will:

  • Develop, implement, and check technical solutions and compliance documentation to ensure they are compliant with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints.
  • Identify technical problems and apply/integrate solutions.
  • Execute and implement methods plans, toolsets and approaches that are appropriate and compliant to achieve the design and programme objectives.
  • Support the creation of technical solutions against customer requirements as input to bids and proposals within assigned programmes/projects.
  • Identify and assess technical risk for own work and propose mitigations within assigned programmes/projects.
  • Support or generate test specifications/plans and/or alternate means of compliance (analysis/similarity) as required to demonstrate design solution complies with certification requirements.
  • Develop designs compliant to cost and manufacturing requirements using appropriate techniques for design such as manufacture and assembly (DFMA) and design to cost.
  • Create detailed design definitions of products, including interfaces, dimensions, materials, parts, manufacturing process requirements, assemblies, and tolerances which are compliant to all design requirements and objectives.
  • Generate assigned project deliverables, documents, and reports according to the project signature authorizations.
  • Support technical and customer reviews, including formal gate reviews, including the creation and preparation of technical data and presentations of product design.
  • Process documentation such as concessions and non-conformances, and provide technical support by implementing solutions to address non-conforming products, designs, and compliance documentation.
  • Perform all activities at a level of minimal supervision and support other engineers with peer-to-peer reviews.
  • Identify improvements and support the creation of work instructions, procedures, technical manuals, and guidelines.
  • Support operations and support manufacturing engineering team in translation of the product design and manufacturing requirements of a product in a manufacturing design of a product during prototype build and serial manufacturing, where applicable.
  • Understand the qualification process of products, and prepare compliance documentation to internal, customer, and regulatory requirements, where applicable.

What You'll Bring

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:


  • Experience of concessions work within the aerospace industry
  • Working knowledge of computerized design and analysis methods (CATIA V5)
  • Working knowledge of aerospace Composite/Metallic materials and manufacturing processes
  • Experience of working/interfacing with other Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering disciplines (including customers and suppliers) in order to successfully execute tasks 


  • Relevant technical qualifications (Bachelor, Master or equivalent) in an engineering discipline.
  • Have basic knowledge of Lean Principles.



  • Willingness to work towards holding a check / approval status.
  • Good level of technical problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable acting under your own initiative in relation to the assigned tasks 
  • Ability to describe technical information of a technical task to a wide audience within and outside of the business.
  • Good analytical skills to analyse and interpret customer requirements.

What We'll Provide

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

  • Salary circa. £36,000
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • 37 hours, 4.5 day working week (option of finishing at 12noon on Fridays)
  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection & Life Assurance at 8 x salary
  • Shopping discounts
  • Free onsite parking, onsite canteen, shop and a 'Cycle To Work' scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment with significant opportunity to grow your career

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.



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