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Lead Manufacturing Engineer, New Product Introduction - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Garden Grove, 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

The Chief Manufacturing Engineer (CME) in the Defense Business Line is responsible for leading the development of the manufacturing definition (system) and Manufacturing Engineering (ME) related activities within the Program up to Life Cycle Gate (LCG) 7 and the maintenance of the definition post LCG7. The CME leads the multi-functional Manufacturing Engineering (ME) team that is deployed into the Program as the primary representative for ME at all program / technical reviews & externally (with customer & suppliers). The CME ensures the manufacturing system meets stakeholder requirements including; technical compliance; adherence to Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) standards and compliance business case (including quality; delivery and cost).

Job Responsibilities

  • CME’s develop technical solutions to complex problems and deliver a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements including; Safety, Logistics, Quality, Producbility & Business case
  • Responsible for technical leadership of manufacturing system development and integration for production.
  • Resolve issues pertaining to vendor schedule and/or quality.
  • Leadership of deployed manufacturing engineering team; accountable to the Program Manager(s) for delivering program technical objectives
  • Build a Process Control mind-set within the deployed engineering team and ensure compliance to Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) standards.
  • Accountable for product development, new product quotes, tool fabrication quotes, first article development, configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination, build process definition, and implementation. Supports Make v Buy activities.
  • Responsible for the implementation of tooling and or production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard ZDM tool suite to demonstrate as such.
  • Lead engineering teams to deliver measurable, metrics driven results in line with Program goals. Responsible for training and maintaining the ME team to GKN ME standards.
  • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives
  • Support the Design Chief Engineers on their technical reviews (internal & external) as required
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
     

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • 10 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering in the aerospace or automotive industry.
  • 3 years’ experience of managing New Product / Process introduction (industrialization) & existing production process improvements
  • 3 years’ experience with LEAN processes and practices
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.
  • Must have the ability to obtain a Department of Defense Security Clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project / Program Management Professional Qualification
  • Demonstrated experience with AS-9145 Zero Defect Manufacturing, or equivalent automotive PPAP experience
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Ability to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organization
  • Experience with New Product / Process introduction (industrialization) & existing production process improvements
  • Knowledge of statistics and statistical process control (SPC)
  • Strong background with Microsoft Office tools, especially Excel

 

#GKNSSA

***Access to our facility (and, therefore, employment) is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, U.S. refugees, asylees or temporary residents under amnesty provisions [as defined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)] and properly licensed foreign persons. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide information to determine whether they are subject to these regulations and, if so, to assess their country of chargeability for trade compliance control purposes. Additionally, potential employee’s names will be screened against the Consolidated Screening List (maintained by the United States government) to determine eligibility to receive technical data.


 

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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