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Research Engineer/Specialist - Digital Engineering & Technology (Industry 4.0)

Date: Dec 1, 2022

Location: Bristol, ENG, 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

Based at our state-of-the-art research centre - the UK Global Technology Centre - in Bristol, we are looking for three Research Engineers to be responsible for the development of Industry 4.0 technologies: 

  • We are seeking two Research Engineers to focus on Asset Connectivity & Smart Devices. 
  • We are seeking one Research Engineer to focus on Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 

All three roles will focus on the management, development and demonstration of relevant technology projects up to TRL 6. This includes building requirements, knowledge base, technology selection, and demonstration. Then providing the technology support/expertise to the business during the implementation phase across all programmes/sites within the Civil Airframe business line (Horizon 1 Technology). Working within the Horizon 1 technology team you will report directly to the work stream leader and work closely with the Industry 4.0 Chief Technologist. These roles will integrate with the other technology insertion areas within Horizon 1, such as Asset Connectivity and Smart Devices, Data Analytics, Visualisation, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Digital Supply Chain Management and Automation.

How You'll Contribute

In these roles, you will: 

  • Manage the development of technology projects within the relevant work stream.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders ensuring support for the projects across the business.
  • Specific, tasks for the roles would include:
    • Provide technical expertise throughout the duration of projects.
    • Collect and integrate a robust set of business/technology requirements for the specific technology project.
    • Develop the case for technology introduction for the point of value and risk, finding agreement with the business in line with the TRL process.
    • Produce and own the production of all supporting project documentation (presentations, for technology communication and reporting, technology development plans, test definitions, technical reports, equipment specifications, and CapEx case).
  • Contribute to the development and the upkeep of a technology database that will be used to capture, communicate and evaluate the value and risk of current technologies available internally and externally to GKN.
  • Support building relationships within the current transnational Civil Airframe eco system and technology supply chain.
  • Support challenging internal & supplier costs, whilst working to a tight budget.
  • Ensure the programme impact and risk is vetted using the TRA process, and project reviews.

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:

  • Good technical understanding across a broad range of aerospace technologies.
  • Understanding of GKN key products and areas where technology can offer operational improvements.
  • Sound understanding of the TRL process.
  • Previous experience in project management.
  • Knowledge about the businesses, products and sensitivities of collaborative partners.
  • Good understanding of composite and metallic aircraft structures and manufacturing techniques.
  • Industrial connectivity & I4.0 device knowledge desirable (Asset Connectivity & Smart Devices roles).
  • Data Science, Machine Learning, Neural Networks knowledge desirable (Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence role).

•    A relevant, accredited engineering degree or experience of demonstrable equivalence e.g. BEng or higher apprenticeship.
•    Formal project management qualification from a recognised awarding body e.g. APM or Prince2 desirable.

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
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    25 days' holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    Flexible working hours and 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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