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Quality Engineer

Date: Mar 29, 2023

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

The Quality Engineer will be based at our East Cowes site, Isle of Wight, supporting our Defence and Civil business lines; the successful candidate will need to be flexible for ad-hoc national and international travel on a potential quarterly basis dependant on customer needs. Joining a team of five Manufacturing Engineers and Manufacturing Engineers – Quality, this position will be the main customer point of contact for quality providing quality assurance support to all aspects of the business processes and procedures. The Quality Engineer is responsible for the identification and documenting of customer and regulatory product and process requirements, ensuring that procedures, plans and processes are established and maintained, in order to meet those requirements consistently without deviation. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Work in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all personnel and visitors is maintained at the highest level.
  • Along with Manufacturing Engineers, develop the strategy and the metrics for the functional performance of the products and manufacturing processes.
  • Create and/or support the creation of comprehensive quality plans. 
  • Provide advice and guidance on quality issues/matters to all areas of the business. 
  • Support the implementation of corrective and preventative actions and the development of both lean and continual improvement activities. 
  • Review and evaluate quality data to identify process improvement opportunities within the company processes and procedures creating corrective/preventive action plans to address failures. 
  • Support regular meetings with customers and representatives from appropriate departments to establish action plans for improving build quality.

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:



  • Demonstrable experience within a quality background 
  • Experience within a customer facing role
  • Demonstrable experience in driving quality improvements



  • Experience in performing audits 
  • A understanding of APQP tools (advanced product quality planning) – AS9145 
  • A HNC qualification or equivalent  
  • Previous experience using a MRP or ERP System 
  • Experience working with AS9100 Lead Auditor standard 
  • Green Belt Certified 


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 Quality Engineer will be a data driven individual with a strong ability to work with key stakeholders across all levels of the business. The successful candidate will have strong communication, problem solving and presentation skills with an ability to work to tight deadlines and drive continuous improvement. 

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 


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.


Be proud to part of one GKN… click on the link below to apply