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Group Leader - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Nov 16, 2020

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 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

The Group Leader is accountable for achieving the People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost targets through the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model. The Group Leader is accountable for attaining Operational Excellence across their designated area of responsibility, in line with the Performance Centre objectives. The Group Leader is accountable for creating a ‘great place to work’ through developing first class Team Leaders and driving a culture of continuous improvement, safe working and open dialogue. 

Job Responsibilities

•    Role modelling a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles 
•    Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied and that their assigned areas are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment 
•    Developing first-class Team Leaders who are readily able to progress to become Group Leaders, when required, and who embody the GKNA culture principles 
•    Leading and developing their teams in the delivery of People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting customer and stakeholder commitments 
•    Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across their assigned areas, with active involvement in problem solving and the management system. ‘Go to Gemba’ is the approach taken to understand and solve problems 
•    Holding the functional support staff accountable for adhering to the Global standards and enabling their area teams to meet their targets 
•    Ensuring the disciplined execution of Daily Management and Standardised work through the conscientious adherence to Leader Standard Work 
•    Complying with all legal and regulatory requirements and ensuring that staff are aware of the policies and their individual responsibilities and accountabilities: 
o    The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies  
o    Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government
o    Export Control regulations

Required Qualifications:

•    High school diploma or GED
•    3 years of experience in a leadership role within manufacturing operations environment
•    Ability to obtain DOD Secret Clearance
•    Must be a US Citizen due to program security clearance requirements and/or SSA requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN Experience
•    Bachelor’s degree is preferred
•    Active DOD Secret Clearance Preferred
•    Clean room experience 
•    Experience with coating and/or laminating process
•    Good understanding of metric driven performance management 
•    The demonstrated ability to influence across functional lines 
•    Evidence of working within a site governed through a Business Management System (BMS)
•    Experience working with a Lean Operating Model / Production System Lean or Six Sigma certification by a reputable certifying body or benchmark company 

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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Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles