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Global Standards Architect - GLOBAL

Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Dallas, TX, US Blythe Valley, GB Papendrecht, NL

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

Global based role that reports to the Global QS Standards lead.   Responsible for supporting the development, maintenance, change control and continuous improvement of the GKNA Global Standards, ensuring the system is compliant to requirements and enables the assessment of the effectiveness of the system.  

To support the Business Lines and Global Functions in the development of standards and global processes  as well as collating and suggesting continuous improvement ideas for changes to the global standards system.


This role is a global role and it can be located at any site of GKN Aerospace.

Job Responsibilities


  • To act as a GKNA Enterprise Architecture Subject Management Expert (SME) for the Global Standards System and provide in-depth expertise for process improvements, process changes, technology implementations, innovation and other continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Supporting the Global QS Standards lead to work with Executive Leadership and Global Business Process Owners (GBPO), Business Process Implementers (BPI) and associated stakeholders for the definition, deployment, maintenance of the Global Standards and underlying processes within the Global and tailored BMS. 
  • Ensuring that the global standards meet the requirements of the industry standards, applicable Aviation Safety laws, regulatory, customer & GKN Aerospace requirements.
  • Supporting the Global QS Standards Lead to work with GBPO and BPI for the integration, effectiveness and efficient coherence of the BMS including Safety Management, Health & Safety (ISO 45001), Environmental (ISO 14001), Energy Management (ISO 50001), Information Security (ISO 27001) etc. as applicable to the organisation.
  • Supporting the Global QS Standards Lead, to define the system requirements for deployment and support of the Process Classification Framework (PCF) within the global standards, its stated processes & associated controls and training people who will be defining its functions (i.e. GBPO/BPI/BMS Configuration Management etc.) 
  • To implement and maintain the effective Change Management Process and configuration of the global standards, including effective communication of changes, and to provide expert guidance to sites for the incorporation of the standards into the local certified systems.
  • To act as a Change agent, trainer and facilitator supporting workshop and training activities in support of GBPO to develop and improve global process standardsl
  • To communicate risks to the Global QS Standards Lead and support in the development and implementation of ensuing mitigation plans and actions to mitigate risks.
  • Recommend to GBPO/BPI, and the appropriate Regional Audit Managers, of any assurance activities deemed necessary in support of the global standards e.g., post deployment of significant changes.  
  • Regional travel will be expected and occasional international travel.

Skills & Qualifications



Basic Qualifications:
•    3+ years of experience with Enterprise Architecture, including the development, deployment and life cycle management of Enterprise Architecture systems and Change Management tools
•    3+ years of experience of experience with the application of AS/EN9100/ISO 9001/ Safety Management, Health & Safety (ISO 45001), Environmental (ISO 14001), and IAQG SLA Frameworks, IAQG SCMH and experience of Quality Management Systems based on a Process Approach with robust Risk Management. 
•    5+ years of experience with business negotiations
•    5+ years of Strategic Planning experience


Preferred Qualifications: 
•    Appropriate ‘Executive disposition’ to work with GBPO across the organization 
•    Ability to capture the key elements of a system into a simple abstraction that empowers good decisions
•    Strong facilitation skills to lead process definition and process improvement events
•    Experience utilizing conflict resolution skills, and problem solving skills 
•    Strong written, presentation and oral communication skills 
•    Mentoring and coaching skills necessary to develop others. 
•    Industry experience within a Manufacturing environment (APQP) preferably aerospace/automotive. 



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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