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Global Graduate Program Trainee - US

Date: Mar 24, 2023

Location: El Cajon, CA, US Tallassee, AL, US Newington, CT, US Orangeburg, SC, US Wellington, KS, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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

Our Global Graduate Program gives you a unique introduction to GKN Aerospace, allowing you to drive your own career goals and interests. You will participate as a member with an established global team of graduates within our businesses that play a vital part in our future talent planning process. Our graduates support our three business lines (Defense, Civil, & Engines) as well as our global functions team.  

We are looking for talented individuals with skills and passion to join our program and participate in a rotational program over 27 months, being involved in and leading real-life operations & strategic projects in efforts of gaining hands-on experience in manufacturing, engineering, programs, operations, supply chain, procurement, and/or finance. 

Job Responsibilities

Throughout your graduate journey, we give you the opportunity to test and grow your leadership skills. We provide support and mentoring as you work on real projects, solving real problems and delivering real change. We aim to match your capabilities and aspirations to our strategic and operational needs, ensuring a thriving business for us and fulfilling career for you. 

For our 2023 cohort, the US will be seeking a total of six graduates to join GKN Aerospace. Specifically seeking five engineering and one supply chain graduate. We are committed to your continued development and success so, throughout your journey, you will be involved in a structured development program, focusing on building new skills and techniques found in future talent to prepare for a successful leadership career as well as the opportunity to be a part of a global graduate community that will provide you with support and networking opportunities throughout your career. The program is to begin in August 2023. 

The precise nature of your role will be defined by your skills as well as the needs of the business but your duties and responsibilities will include:
•    Drive projects and support a team to find the best solutions.
•    Help to maintain performance within your team and for GKN Aerospace as a company.
•    Build relationships both with internal teams and our external partners/customers.
•    Collaborate across functions, segments and teams to deliver excellence. 
•    Develop technical solutions to complex problems.  

Job Qualifications

•    A bachelor’s degree or higher in Manufacturing, Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Business, or a related technical degree obtained within 24 months of August 2023. 
•    Must be a US Citizen due to program security clearance requirements and/or SSA requirements.
•    Ability to adhere to all global travel requirements, including country-specific vaccination requirements, in order to travel internationally for participation in global development weeks.
•    A current passport or the ability to obtain a US issued Passport.
•    A strong work ethic and desire to learn & grow.
•    Keen interest in the Aerospace Manufacturing industry. 
•    Willingness & flexibility to relocate to any of our participating sites over the 27 month program.
•    Team player with excellent planning and organization skills. 
•    Effective communication and writing skills.  Attention to detail is critical. 
•    Previous experience in aerospace and/or manufacturing sector (e.g. through internships) is preferred.  
•    Previous involvement with STEM, early careers events is strongly preferred.


What’s more, you’ll get a fantastic range of benefits that includes:
•    Comprehensive benefit options to help you thrive physically, financially & emotionally. 
•    Medical coverage available to you and your dependents on Day One.   
•    Competitive employer match with your 401K (up to 3.5%).  
•    Life Insurance benefits for no cost up to 2X the employee’s salary. 
•    Paid Time Off (PTO) 
•    13 Paid US Holidays.
•    Short/Long Term Disability Coverage. 
•    Pet insurance available. 
•    Parental Leave Policy. 
•    Tuition Reimbursement Option. 
•    Employee Assistance Programs. 

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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