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Maintenance & Facilities Manager (Western Approach site)

Date: Sep 17, 2022

Location: Bristol, 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 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

Our purpose-built, modern manufacturing facility at Western Approach is an International Centre of Excellence in composite wing structure design and production. With circa. 350 employees, we manufacture composite wing spars and Fixed Trailing Edge assemblies for some of the world's most popular aircraft. A rare opportunity to become our Maintenance Manager has arisen. In this role you will lead a team of 14 people to manage our 24/7 facilities and assets to ensure continuous production. You will help us to continually develop site work processes, ensure regulatory compliance and help us continue to deliver results which are the best of industry practice level. This is a Monday-Friday role.

How You'll Contribute

In this key role, you will:


  • Manage a multi-disciplined team to plan and perform asset maintenance which delivers incremental improvements in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
  • Manage service contracts, having responsibility of a budget of circa. £2million
  • In collaboration with Continuous Improvement Function partners, be accountable for deploying the Global Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Programme.
  • Implement the short and long term Facilities & Maintenance people strategy including competence programme, talent and skills acquisition, retention and development.
  • Implement the standard ("One GKNA" process) and KPIs for the Facilities & Maintenance function; implement a layered process audit system to provide governance for the Facilities and Maintenance standards.
  • Support the definition of the strategy for core/non-core Facilities & Maintenance capability and implementing the resultant Make v Buy execution.
  • Deliver Facilities & Maintenance savings in line with year on year conversion cost targets.
  • Exemplify a safety-first mindset and ensuring compliance to the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.

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:

Essential Experience:

  • Experience leading a facilities and/or maintenance team, preferably within a manufacturing environment
  • Technical expertise in maintenance/facilities management
  • Experience of working to implement functional capability in the area of Facilities and/or Maintenance

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience of Continuous improvement and LEAN methodologies
  • Experience of working on complex technical projects in global organisations
  • Project / Programme Management Detailed knowledge of Maintenance Systems (CMMS)


  • Proven change agent
  • Advanced communication and influencing skills, with an ability to influence senior levels of the business as well as establish collaborative working relationships across different departments and geographies
  • Proven structured Problem Solving experience

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 15% bonus + 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! 
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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