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Senior Manufacturing Engineer - UK

Date: Nov 19, 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

-    Reporting to ME Director Serial Production – Civil, the Senior Manufacturing Engineer – UK, leads the development and deployment of global manufacturing initiatives (Zero Defects Manufacturing, Quality Improvement Programmes, ME Capability Development) at  a regional level (multiple sites)
-    Identify and execute cost reduction and quality improvement programmes/projects to facilitate the achievement of Business targets (Quality and Cost) in said region.
-    In collaboration with local ME Leadership, assess regional sites industrial maturity and devise a roadmap to improve current maturity. 
-    Coordinates through the use of structured problem solving, improvements to regional ME business processes.

Job Responsibilities

     Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
     Ensures regional deployment of ME capability deployment efforts ( Zero Defects Manufacturing, APQP, Six Sigma) and supports program continuous development. 
     Coach production and engineering teams in problem solving (PPS & 8D)
     Executes industrial maturity assessments in regional sites and develops plan to improve industrial efforts (layouts, capacity assessments, process capability).
     Identifies and executes opportunities to improve Business processes (ME Processes, Configuration and Data management) within the function.
     Collaborates with site in the execution of quality and productivity related projects. Consolidates projects under regional improvement project portfolio.
     Utilises industry tools and frameworks (Six Sigma, Zero Defects Manufacturing) to assess process capability and deploy corrective actions.
     Continuously improve business and manufacturing processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
     Support site ME team to advance the program from the NPI (New Product Introduction) Phase to a Steady State production phase as defined in the GKN Lifecycle Gate Process.
     Maintain and develop positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers

Job Qualifications

     Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial)
     Minimum 5 years’ experience in aero-structure or similar industries. Good technical understanding of composites, metallic detail manufacturing and final structures assembly
     Project Management experience in high complexity programmes.
     Experience in the Implementation of industrial solutions, from concept through to production. Particularly in low volume production and high value parts.
     Customer focused attitude 
     Good communication skills and capable to work within all the levels of the organisation (from shopfloor to Vice President)
     For internal candidate, the foundation of the ME Academy must be completed and training initiated to become a Zero Defect Practitioner and 6σ Green Belt. External candidates to demonstrate equivalent capability in problem solving and process control
     Fluent in English language, both written and spoken. 
     Proficient in the use of Manufacturing Engineering related software:
o    Advanced user Office toolset. Excellence in the use of Excel (Including VBA)
o    Experience in using ERP (particularly MRP-II)
o    Experience in using PLM software
o    Experience in use of statistical quality software (Minitab or similar)
o    Experience in using CAD system (i.e Catia V5)
o    Experience in using Business Intelligence Software ( at user level)

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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