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Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Date: Oct 25, 2021

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

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.

Job Summary

Filton is GKN Aerospace’s largest advanced aerostructures facility. The site specialises in the assembly of major leading and trailing edge wing sub-assemblies, as well as the manufacture of wing structural components for civil and military aircraft. Major customers including BAE Systems and Airbus, with key contracts on world-leading single aisle (A320), widebodied (A330, A350 and A380) and military aircraft.

Responsible for leading a multi-disciplined, process control focused, Manufacturing engineering team that eliminates defects through deployment of GKN Aerospace Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite. They will deploy engineering resources to Production & Development Programs and ensure compliance of these deployed teams to the established functional processes. They will deliver robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to both materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Job Responsibilities

  •      Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
         Develop technical solutions to complex problems. Delivery of a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements including; Safety, Quality, Productibility & Business case
         Lead engineering teams to deliver measurable, metrics driven results in line with Operational and Program goals.
         Deliver class leading engineering solutions to solutions to complex problems
         Develop, deploy and maintain functional engineering standards.
         Develop and deliver manufacturing engineering training strategy for the business. Lead capability & career development of the engineering team.
         Build a culture of process control, Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) mind-set in the manufacturing engineering team.
         Responsible for the implementation of tooling and or production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard ZDM tool suite to demonstrate as such.
         Accountable for product development, new product quotes, tool fabrication quotes, first article development, configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination, build process definition, and implementation
         Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
         Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.

Job Qualifications

     Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
     Experience of managing New Product / Process introduction (industrialisation) & existing production process improvements
     Ability to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organisation
     Working knowledge of LEAN processes and practices
     Minimum of 10 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering.
     Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
     Fluent in English language, both written and spoken

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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