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Site Lean Deployment Leader (Bristol Western Approach)

Date: Sep 11, 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 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! 

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace, Western Approach is an International Centre Of Excellence in composite wing structure design and production. We manufacturer composite wing spars 
and Fixed Trailing Edge assemblies for some of the world's most popular aircraft.We are seeking a new Site Lean Deployment Leader who has a very high level of expertise in Business Transformation. As a 'Lean' thinker, they will play a central role in developing the site into a Lean enterprise based upon GKN Aerospace’s Lean Operating Model. They will lead, coach and influence their site’s Leadership Team, ensuring rigour and fidelity to the Lean Deployment roadmap.

Making A Difference

  • Role modelling a culture that is aligned to our business “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied across GKNA and that all 
  • locations are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment
  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across within their Performance Centre
  • Creating and executing against the Site Lean Deployment plan and ensuring that all resources required are in place, both within their site and from the CoE (e.g. Regional 
  • Lean Experts assigned as appropriate)
  • Coaching their performance centres’ Leadership team in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model 
  • Ensuring the correct allocation of resources to make the Lean deployment a success, and making problems immediately visible, allowing problem solving to take place
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting their site’s customer and stakeholder commitments, 
  • driven by significant improvements in Lean Maturity
  • Developing deep Lean Expertise across their site, ensuring that they become selfsufficient in running the Lean Operating Model, working with the Regional Lean Expert 
  • to ensure that all staff are fully certified in Lean Thinking at the appropriate level for their role

How You'll Contribute

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:

  • An understanding of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership
  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor highly skilled and experienced team members and to influence a senior leadership team
  • A track record of Leadership and direction through effective communications, building effective teams
  • Evidence of leading Business Transformation


  • BSc degree, or equivalent, in an Engineering or Science discipline combined with relevant business experience

What We'll Offer

Once on-board, you'll receive the following benefits:

  • Up to 22.5% annual bonus
  • Car allowance
  • 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
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment

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.


Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

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