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Sales Manager - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Oct 11, 2021

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

To work in tandem with the site Program Director to drive new business opportunities taking accountability for the commercial viability and response of each opportunity. Creating a vision and growth strategy for the globally integrated aftermarket (AM) programs. The Sales Manager is accountable and responsible to win high quality, competitive (transactional) business opportunities. The individual must create proposals which are on time, meet  customer expectations/requirements, and conform to GKN Aerospace governance. In addition, the role is accountable for growing organically the existing business cases within the incumbent Customer base.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop proactive aftermarket and MRO capture strategies in the pursuit of new opportunities. Encompasses pricing, business modelling, SWOT analysis and taking responsibility over an extended capture phase to position the business to win. 
  • Build and maintain effective customer and industry network.  Maintain and develop customer program, supply chain / purchasing, engineering, technology and strategy contacts in the field of AM and MRO.
  • Collaborate with the Business Line Strategy team to gather and analyze intelligence regarding customers’, markets, products, services as well as relevant future trends and drivers.  
  • Manage proposals at one or more sites/locations ranging from transactional spare sales for  out of production parts to Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) quotations for integrated systems provided.
  • Lead  risk identification  and management activities, through contract negotiation, change management, and ensuring appropriate pricing and protection is in place. 
  • Work with the resident Contracts Manager to ensure  the appropriate policies and procedures for successful Contracting  are adhered to.
  • Manage the interface between GKN and its customers to resolve day to day sales and build a strong customer relationship.
  • Mentor other members of the Aftermarket team to increase the knowledge and skill base.
  • Create a Great Place to Work and champions the deployment of the GKN Aerospace 5 culture principles in the AM team
  • Ensure that  Bids and Proposals are prepared in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Bid Process.
  • Lead and support sales exhibitions and events with the extended AM team
  • Support global AM strategies to grow the existing portfolio
  • Flexible working conditions (remote vs onsite)

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma of GED equivalent.
  • 7 years of experience in sales, commercial finance, engineering or program management disciplines.
  • 3 years of experience in the Aftermarket Spares and Aftermarket Parts Repair within Aerospace.
  • Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in business, law, engineering, or other related field.
  • Budget forecasting and reporting.
  • Extensive network across the Aerospace industry. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, negotiation, ownership and communication skills.
  • Ability to anticipate future trends based on market intelligence.



***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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