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Configuration Lead, Quality & Business Management Systems - Cromwell, CT

Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: Cromwell, CT, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world”s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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

Certified entity/site-based role that operates under the respective Site Quality Systems Manager.  Their primary purpose is to administer the local QMS/BMS in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Global Standards and local tailoring and to provide core support to the entity/site Leadership team in achieving compliant and effective QMS/BMS.

Job Responsibilities

The maintenance and improvement of the local QMS/BMS ensuring the QMS/BMS fulfills the requirements of the industry standards, applicable Aviation Safety laws, customer & GKN Aerospace Global Standards requirements.
• Act as a business partner, supporting Local Business Process Managers (LBPM) and associated stakeholders for the definition, deployment, maintenance of the documented information of the local QMS/BMS.
• Manage the change control procedures including impact assessments and recommendations against Business Objectives, GKN Aerospace Global Standards, Regulatory / Industry-standard amendments, and coordination of governance reviews for any changes.  
• To recommend to LBPI and the Site Quality Systems Manager of any assurance activities deemed necessary in support of QMS/BMS activities e.g. risk assessments, change implementation planning, training, verification, post-deployment of significant document/administration changes. 
• To provide general QMS/BMS administration support to Site Quality Systems Manager as defined at a local level, typically support to the management of key QMS/BMS meetings, QS induction/training activities, customer/3rd party meeting/audit preparation/hosting, and follow-up. To provide functional support for Quality Management and Information applications.
• To act as a QMS/BMS Change/Training facilitator supporting workshop and QMS/BMS Continuous Improvement activities.
• As required to act as an internal auditor and/or provide support for audit planning, auditing, and audit follow-up. 
• Gather/analyze intelligence and data in support of Management Review, enabling assessment of the QMS/BMS suitability and effectiveness, associated risks and opportunities, and need for change/improvement.
• Evaluate business processes for the purpose of assessing effectiveness, driving efficiency and quality improvements;
• Support, as directed, for the conduct of quality/compliance investigations to establish root causes and assist other LBPI areas with corrective action.
Note: Individuals can perform this role as a task within another role if appropriate and capacity is properly catered for.


Job Qualifications

• 2 year degree in vocational or technical education, certification, or training; will also consider equivalent combination years of professional industry experience.
• 2 year combination experience in application of the IAQG and ISO Standards (e.g. AS/EN9100 / ISO 9001), IAQG SCMH and Aerospace and defence regulations such as EASA/EMAR part 21G, J and part 145 as applicable (site specific), knowledge and experience in the application of Risk Management and Process Approach, and experience/understanding of the development, deployment and through life management of QMS/BMS and Document/Change Management tools.
• U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.


Additional Qualifications: 

• Bachelors preferred.

• Bachelors preferred Good written and oral communication skills.

• IT skills: Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Quality Management and Information applications (site-specific).
• Accuracy & Attention to Detail: checks work for errors, performs routine or repetitious tasks with care and attention, and understands the importance of detail.
• Self-Disciplined: proactive, works systematically, uses time efficiently, and has the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Strong writing and communication skills
• Industry experience within a Manufacturing environment (APQP) preferably aerospace/automotive.
• Knowledge of the APQC PCF (Process Classification Framework).
• Ability to build relationships across functional / site teams.
• Internal or Lead Auditor trained/experienced. 
• Strong facilitation skills to support process improvement activities




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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