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Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Mar 17, 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


As a Manufacturing Engineer you will provide engineering proficiency to operational and development Programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects, utilizing engineering and problem-solving skills. You will be accountable for delivering robust, proficient manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly. Based at our East Cowes site on the Isle of Wight, the Manufacturing Engineer will be working across both our Civil and Defence Business lines reporting into the Manufacturing Engineer Manager. The successful incumbent will need to be flexible for limited ad-hoc travel, nationally and internationally, and will be joining at our Engineering department of between 6-10 Manufacturer Engineers. 

Job Responsibilities

  •   Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  •     Responsible for the development of manufacturing process solutions to complex problems through.
  •     Accountable for the implementation of production planning, from original concept through to production, designing these processes to a high level of process capability through utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite.
  •     Accountable for product development, first article development, configuration changes, build process definition and implementation.
  •     The development of technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace, our customers and suppliers.
  •     Delivering technical support of manufacturing process development and integration for production. 
  •     Utilizing root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
  •     Maintaining positive team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers.
  •     Continuously improving production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
  •     Awareness and application of APQP tools (set of tools used for problem solving).

What 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 HNC qualification within an Engineering related subject or above
  • Significant experience in Manufacturing Engineering role 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office  


  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Background in Aerospace industry 
  • Experience of Project / Program Management 
  • Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
  • Understanding and use of an ERP system
  • 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 Manufacturing Engineer will be a data driven individual who possesses strong communication skills and has the ability to work autonomously. The Manufacturing Engineer will be able to develop working relationships through team work, influencing, leadership, coaching and personal drive to succeed.


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.

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