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Industrial Architect - REMOTE / ONSITE, US

Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US Cromwell, CT, US Amityville, NY, US Santa Ana, CA, US North Charlestown, NH, US Orangeburg, SC, US Mukilteo, WA, US Manchester, CT, US El Cajon, CA, US Wellington, KS, US Muncie, IN, US Cincinnati, OH, US Panama City, FL, US Camarillo, CA, US Phoenix, AZ, US VA, US St Louis, MO, US Sumner, WA, US Newington, CT, US Tallassee, AL, US LaGrange, GA, US Dallas, TX, US Forest Park, GA, 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 Industrial Architect (IA) in the Defense Airframe business line is responsible to deliver the best industrial solution to give the business the edge over its competitors. The Industrial Architect defines the manufacturing systems in the pre Life Cycle Gate (LCG) 7 phase to maximize the appropriate use of technologies and methods.  Defense Industrial Architects are assigned to work closely with their respective assigned Product Group Director.  A key responsibility includes creating a Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) culture through the training and application of GKN’s ZDM methods for the entire Defense Manufacturing Engineering and Industrialization organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design of the manufacturing system prior to LCG 3. This is a 2 part responsibility and  includes:
    • 1) A full understanding of GKN’s Industrial capabilities at each site where the statement of work could be performed. This includes current material and process experience, capabilities (i.e. Cpk’s, cost of quality), facility, machine and manpower capacities.
    • 2) A full understanding of the customers’ requirements, collaborating with Industrial Engineering to design the factory layout, leverage of H1 & H2 technologies, deploying lean manufacturing principles when considering TAKT and flow.  Also responsible for delivering equipment and tooling solutions.
  • Close engagement with the Chief Engineer (CE) and Chief Manufacturing Engineer (CME) for design-build or CME for Build-To-Print programs to ensure Design-For-Manufacturing principles are employed.
  • Monitors industry for advancements in relevant materials and processing technologies
  • Delivering the industrialization concepts within the bid process including both Recurring Cost (RC) and Non-Recurring Costs (NRC) for the industrial solution with the CME.
  • Ensures a smooth transition from the design phase (pre LCG 3) to the industrialization phase (LCG 3 - 6) within the Operational side of the business and its Industrialization Manager.
  • Works closely with the program CME to ensure the industrial concept is capable in the post LG3 to LG7 phase
  • Functional leader of all IA skills and resources that belong to and support the Defense business line programs. 
  • Developing the ZDM mind-set and culture into the Manufacturing Engineering organization through implementation of GKN’s standard ZDM tool suite and the APQP process.
  • Champions and sponsors technology insertion into the businesses that will give tangible benefits.
  • Monitors condition and capability of the existing technology and provides advanced recommendations to the BL when Capex refurbishments, improvements or replacements are warranted.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance to the LCG industrial review process for all Programs within the BL.
  • Develops close relationships with the assigned Product Group Director and Program teams to deliver manufacturing engineering solutions in line with customer requirements and expectations.
  • Responsible for NPI performance KPIs and to highlight concerns / issues, key responsibilities and accountabilities.
  • Participates in monitoring and coordinating technologies to avoid unnecessary duplication of Capex at sister sites
  • Support a robust bid proposals pre LCG 3 and creation of the bid response requirements up to LCG 7 including all Non-Recurring Costs (NRC) and Recurring Costs (RC).


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • 5 years’ manufacturing engineering experience
  • Must be able to obtain Department of Defense Secruity Clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Demonstrated experience with AS-9145 Zero Defect Manufacturing, or equivalent automotive PPAP experience
  • Demonstrated experience with Lean Manufacturing principles
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt
  • Able to perform a site wide assessments and gap analyses and coordinate with IA’s from other sites/sectors

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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