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Engineering Team Lead, Manufacturing of Composites & Assembly Processes (Bristol Western Approach)

Date: Jan 9, 2023

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 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

Based at our Western Approach site which is a Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of wing spars for some of the world's most popular aircraft, our new Senior Manufacturing Engineer will provide technical expertise at a process and integrator level for operational and development programmes (Projects) to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. They will be accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, detail parts and assemblies.

How You'll Contribute

  • Manage the team and implement the manufacturing schedule, that delivers the method, bill of material and tooling to embody a major modification on the A350 trailing edge spar components
  • Liaise and co-ordinate effective reviews with design teams ensuring that design data is fit for purpose in order that parts and tools are manufactured to specification at the agreed cost with on time delivery
  • Liaise with the lead tool engineer to agree the technical specification for the tooling work 
  • package, identify and agree requirements for design data in the manufacture of the tooling suite
  • Manage and monitor the manufacturing plan for adherence to delivery milestones and tasks, this will include overall responsibility for delivery of the tooling and the procurement of parts and materials.
  • Generate delivery, progress and financial metrics (key performance indicators). 
  • Identify and manage qualification test plans applicable to any new cutter tooling and/or manufacturing processes
  • Identify and manage first article inspection requirements working directly with the Quality Manager
  • Represent the team as the primary point of contact with the customer ensuring efficient two way communication

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 in Manufacturing Engineering.
Knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000 and AS9100
Fluent in English language, both written and spoken
Demonstrated experience of delivering complex technical projects
Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification (ideally university degree level) and/or appropriate background in engineering (Aerospace,     Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical). 
Participates in activities within a global technical community and has an understanding of the interface with broader business functions within GKN.
Project / Program Management experience
Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent

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 plus 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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