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NPI Project Lead - Sr. ME (ELC)

Date: Jan 11, 2023

Location: El Cajon, CA, 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


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 NPI-Project Lead is responsible to the Program (on behalf of the Chief Manufacturing Engineer) that goals are achieved and results are delivered in accordance with NPI directive. Full responsibility to develop and establish logic and planning of work so that goals in accordance with the NPI process (IR gates) are achieved.

Job Responsibilities


•    Develop and establish logic and planning of work so that goals in accordance with the NPI process (IR gates) are achieved from LCG4 to LCG7
•    Work with the Product Group Directors to ensure the Industrial Architecture during an NPI is robust, delivers the customer requirements, and uses available technology to give a competitive advantage.
•    Support the prep. & bid phase (IR1.0 to IR3.0) up to LCG3 and beyond where required.
•    Ensure a capable industrialised Architecture is handed over to the CME in a structured and coherent manner.
•    Help produce a technology portfolio that can drive bottom line improvements to the programme. 
•    Ensure strong links between the business and its customers.
•    On behalf of CME lead a team responsible for robust manufacturing process selection, implementation & control of products to meet stakeholder requirements.
•    Globally develop the project management and planning tools for NPI

Job Qualifications


Required Qualifications:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
•    5+ Years of experience in a manufacturing environment
•    Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.  


Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN experience
•    Aeropspace industry experience
•    Experience in an MRO organization is strongly preferred
•    Strong experience of project management as well as leading and coaching people
•    Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
•    Experience from cross-functional work
•    Experience of demonstrate the ability to work, and deliver, under own initiative.
•    Experience to work on the complete range of GKN Aerospace programmes, both civil and military.
•    Experience to work successfully within a matrix/global organization and work across a wide range of levels, able to influence without direct authority 
•    Experience from problem solving and decision-making skills and a high degree of common sense.
•    Increasingly able to provide Technical input at all levels of work
•    Identifies and anticipates technical problems and offers solutions
•    Drives to complete the job on time and continually searches for better ways of doing things
•    Understands situations by analysing them logically and uses information in a systematic way identifying appropriate course of action for resolution. 
•    Ability to apply complex and non-routine analysis
•    Competent member of the technical community with a good understanding of other disciplines
•    Acts without supervision in own area whilst able to supervise others. 
•    Applies knowledge and skills to a range of activities
•    Understands the formal and informal structure of the business
•    Provides support to the technical community and show commercial awareness at local level

Compensation Range

The compensation range for this position is:


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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