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Site HR Director - El Cajon, CA

Date: Feb 13, 2021

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 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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

GKN Aerospace seeks an experienced Director of Human Resources to lead the Human Resources function in the El Cajon, California plant.  The Director, Human Resources is responsible for partnering with the Site Leadership Team to understand Operations goals, strategies and to identify opportunities to increase organizational effectiveness and productivity.  The Director, Human Resources is also responsible for developing and executing human capital strategies and initiatives that enable growth, innovation, overall organizational effectiveness, and change management. Additionally, the Director, Human Resources drives corporate initiatives with the team and communicates how these programs fit in with the overall business and HR strategies.  This position reports directly to the Vice President, Human Resources Operations for North America.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Takes initiative to build and cultivate strong partnerships with site leaders to offer thought leadership on organizational and people-related strategies and execution to ensure a high-performing and engaged workforce.
  • Drive goal achievement by creating and implementing HR initiatives tailored to business needs.
  • Act as an influential advisor and a credible Human Resources Leader / Business Partner through identifying and driving change by owning end to end execution of all HR functional work.
  • Ensure El Cajon team attracts, develops and retains high quality talent at all levels in a continuous pipeline.
  • Act as a thought partner for Site leadership team to ensure El Cajon’s people and organization strategy is a key enabler to achieving site goals.
  • Partner with HR Center of Excellence (COE’s) to provide proactive guidance and support of HR initiatives that align the human resources strategies in support of key business strategies and initiatives.
  • Leads cultural change through strategic HR programs in collaboration with business leaders with a strong emphasis on talent management and development.
  • Present relevant metrics and insights to the business to drive the focus and execution of Human Resources strategies.
  • Be both strategic and hands-on, providing Human Resources expertise in the areas of organizational development, coaching/development, change management, compensation, conflict management, employee relations, and more.
  • Ability to develop strong internal relationships and interact at all organizational levels and convey information with clarity and transparency to Operations leaders, employees, and HR team
  • Ownership of goals, initiatives, projects, metrics and results.
  • Deep knowledge of leading HR teams, driving engagement, change management, and HR practices.
  • Able to build credibility among business leaders, senior leadership, employees, HR team and others to gain commitment and support for major initiatives.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts and problems in simple terms, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business or other related major, or additional experience, required.
  • 10+ years as a hands-on HR leader resolving complex HR issues in a fast-paced environment required.


Additional Qualifications

  • Credible and savvy business professional who will be viewed as a trusted Human Resources Leader and functional expert by business leaders, senior leadership, HR team and employees.
  • Excellent collaboration skills that bring out the best in others.
  • Exceptional consultative approach to partnering with the business.
  • Agile and innovative work style with the ability to influence business leaders and staff individually and collectively.
  • A strategic mindset with the ability to drive tactical and operational issues. Must be comfortable rolling up your sleeves to get things done.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with proven ability to organize and analyze data, using HRIS systems for reporting.
  • Progressive leadership experience.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment preferred.

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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