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Commercial Officer (12 month Fixed Term Contract)

Date: Nov 8, 2022

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace


A Truly Global Business 

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts 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! 


Making a Difference 

It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.


Sitting across our three business lines; Civil, Defence and Engines at our East Cowes manufacturing plants you’ll do just that. Established in 1901, one of our older production sites with a workforce of circa 800 employees. Our East Cowes plants, Isle of Wight are where we design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems. We have two facilities on the Island; Falcon Yard, Ferry Road and Osborne Site, Saunders Way. Both locations employ the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market. Our customer base includes Airbus, Astronics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Honeywell, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Triumph.

Job Summary


Reporting into the Commercial Director, the Commercial Officer will be based out of our Osborne site in East Cowes, Isle of Wight and will have the opportunity for hybrid working. Working across our Defence Business Line, the Commercial Officer will provide commercial expertise and support to specific customer local team and be first point of escalation for customer purchase order or contractual issues internally and from customer. The Commercial Officer will inform the Integrated Programme Team of contractual obligations and boundaries and work to ensure the management and resolution of commercial issues on a day to day basis such as commercial change management, support local level bids and proposals.

Job Responsibilities


  • To interface and highlight to the IPT and customers where contractual obligations and limits to obligations are.
  • Supports new bidding activity when required, including the compilation of a business model and Commercial proposal.
  • Draft proposals and contracts.
  • To manage/maintain the company order book to reflect the customers purchase order requirements. 
  • To ensure that commercial/contractual correspondence files are maintained.
  • Supports change negotiations with Customers.
  • Ensure that overdue debt is kept to a minimum and customers pay in accordance with agreed payment terms.
  • Review Customer MRP and conclude on demand changes, check against contractual conditions and update demand as part of MPS. 
  • Manage opportunities to improve the business case.

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:



  • A relevant degree in Business, Language or History and/or suitable experience 
  • Experience of writing reports or professional business documents 


  • Experience within a commercial contracts position 
  • Experience within an Integrated Programme Team (IPT)
  • Experience working within the aerospace or military industry
  • Italian speaking  


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. The Commercial Officer will be a positive and self-start individual with strong communication, presentation and attention to detail skills and a strong ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

What We'll Offer


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    190 hours holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 
•    Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working


As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us


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. 


Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply