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Quality Systems Regulatory Knowledge & Compliance Lead

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: Dallas, TX, 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

The Quality Systems Regulatory Compliance & Knowledge Lead serves as a Subject matter Expert (SME) in a specific area of Business and Quality Management Systems relating to regulatory and 3rd party requirements e.g EASA Part 21G, EASA/EMAR Part 21J, AS9100, EASA/EMAR/FAA14 CFR Part 145.  

They will liaison between GKNA and the regulatory / 3rd parties to understand strategic direction, provide GKN input to standards and publications and share knowledge to best enable GKNA to adapt and develop/implement best practices.

They will act as a subject matter expert for the organization, advice on policies, compliance and risk to ensure the ONE BMS is compliant to requirements, adequate to needs and effective to objectives. They will also support strategic improvement projects and audit planning for compliance to the area of expertise and train and coach others on the requirements.

Job Responsibilities

  • Liaise with the regulatory/ 3rd parties to understand strategic direction, future changes and provide GKN input into standards and publication updates by collating inputs from the wider GKNA organization.
  • Define plans and policy proposals based on external and internal trends and factors relating to area of expertise.
  • Support the development of audit checklists and strategic audit approach to ensure compliance with specific area of expertise.  
  • Provide expert support to the organization to answer their questions on compliance or review non conformances,
  • Support the organization with 3rd party certification/surveillance audits in order to obtain/maintain certifications and approvals. 
  • Identify and share opportunities for improvement and best practices to help ensure the continual improvement of the ONE BMS.
  • Support the Global and Regional Architects to review BMS documented information and performance data to ensure compliance with the area of expertise.
  • Propagate Quality Culture across GKN Aerospace.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of Quality experience, including subject matter expertise and detailed demonstrable domain knowledge of Aviation Regulations (EASA, FAA etc) & 3rd party quality requirements (AS9100 etc.) required.
  • In lieu of Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree combined with additional industry experience and/or certifications (ASQ, NQA, Lean, etc).
  • Through understanding of how to translate requirements into effective business management systems.
  • Knowledge in the use of risk based methods and techniques (ISO 13000) for audit planning and management.
  • Skills to develop and deploy training courses to support knowledge share and conformity to job profiles of relevant functions.
  • Project management skills to perform/support improvement projects in area of expertise.
  • An effective communicator with experience in MS applications/tools.
  • Thorough understanding of the content and application of the IAQG / EAQG ISO Standards and IAQG SCMH.
  • Ability to travel within the US and Mexico required.
  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • NACAP experience/certification preferred.
  • Appropriate ‘Executive disposition’ to represent GKN Aerospace in external organisations & forums.
  • Mentoring & coaching skills necessary to develop others. 
  • Industry experience within a Manufacturing environment (APQP) preferably aerospace/automotive. 
  • Knowledge of Business Process Management and the APQC Process Classification Framework.
  • GKN experience preferred.

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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