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Head of Product Engineering - REMOTE - Anywhere, US

Date: Dec 25, 2020

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US El Cajon, CA, US Amityville, NY, US St Louis, MO, US Manchester, CT, US Cromwell, CT, US Dallas, TX, US Santa Ana, CA, US Forest Park, GA, US Orangeburg, SC, US Phoenix, AZ, US North Charlestown, NH, US LaGrange, GA, US Newington, CT, US VA, US Muncie, IN, US Sumner, WA, US Panama City, FL, US Cincinnati, OH, US Wellington, KS, US Tallassee, AL, US

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

*This position can sit remotely anywhere in the US*


The Head of Product Engineering (US) is responsible for the professional standards of operation of the Product Engineering (US) function and its overall capability requirements in terms of people, methods and toolsets. As a working manager the Head of Product Engineering (US) will also provide occasional direct support to programs, sites and business projects, whilst executing the leadership and management responsibilities of the position.

Job Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for the process of creating and verifying the quality of engineering deliverables and documentation created by Product Engineering (US) teams. 
  • The management and provision of capability (skilled resources) in accordance with validated PGM Chief Engineer demand and as deployed by through the Business Operations Management team. 
  • Identification and delivery of professional development and training for all engineering expertise with the Product Engineering function in line with strategic capability needs of the business Line
  • Develop and maintain approval capability including processes as per the QMS/DOA requirements i.e., checkers, approvers, authorisers, Compliance Verification Engineers (CVE) as appropriate.
  • Maintenance and development of Product Engineering methods, processes, tools including awareness and implementation of industry best practices. 
  • Provide both technical and process guidance to the Program teams and demonstrate a proactive approach to continuous improvement and LEAN Enterprise within the function.
  • Proactively support Engineering Business Operations Management team to manage work package off-load activities to approved external suppliers.
  • Represent the Product Engineering (US) Function at Preliminary Design Reviews (PDR), Critical Design Reviews (CDR), Design Visual Inspections and Technical Review Boards (TRB’s) inter alia.
  • Take functional responsibility for all Product Engineering issues related to existing, future or legacy platforms including establishing and maintaining of Design Organisation Approvals (or similar) via the airworthiness authorities and customer base.
  • Address performance issues of Product Engineering (US) staff in a timely manner and encourage excellent performance in all aspects of the job.
  • Requirements and practice of Product Engineering (US) data management including control and management of Product Engineering data.
  • Manage the Product Engineering functional budget.



  • Bachelors in Engineering or similar functional discipline
  • 10 years of experience in the field of Engineering 
  • 3 years in a management position
  • U.S. Citizenship per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA


Preferred Qualifications

  • GKN experience 
  • Ability to qualify for DOD Secret Security Clearance
  • Experience of working within in complex multi-national organisational/matrix structures
  • Available for regular travel to support IPT, customer and/or supplier meetings, primarily within US regions. Some international travel as required.  
  • Knowledge of business processes regarding engineering, manufacturing, finance, etc. as used in the aircraft industry
  • Experience in the execution of large-scale non-recurring projects.
  • Previously held technical authority / approved signatory status
  • Experience of configuration control and project management.
  • Experience in the (technical) management of complex organizations.
  • Experience of EASA/FAA design office requirements
  • Lean, Six-sigma or similar continuous improvement system qualifications (eg. Black-belt)


Diversity and Inclusion


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.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles