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Head of Manufacturing Engineering

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

As a member of the site leadership team the Site Head of ME role is accountable for delivering Manufacturing Engineering solutions to the Programs and Operations organizations. This will include creating a Zero Defect culture through the application of the Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite to ensure industry leading quality performance, guaranteeing on time delivery. The role will also be accountable for delivering year on year conversion cost productivity targets in collaboration with the site leadership team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  • Building and leading a high performance, multi-disciplined Manufacturing Engineering organization encompassing the whole ME perimeter including Facilities & Maintenance. This includes managing talent selection, training, development, engagement, ongoing performance and succession planning.
  • Budgetary ownership for the site Manufacturing Engineering, Facilities & Maintenance team.
  • Accountable for delivering annual quality improvement targets for the site, enabling year on year conversion cost target realization.
  • Accountable for delivering Facilities & Maintenance performance results in accordance with Site Budget and Strategic Plan.
  • Developing the Zero Defects Manufacturing (ZDM) mindset and culture into the site Manufacturing Engineering organisation through implementation of standard ZDM tool suite and APQP process.
  • Developing close relationships with Program teams to deliver manufacturing engineering solutions in line with customer requirements and expectations.
  • Accountable for sustaining and improving Program & Product manufacturing engineering systems in line with business case expectations.

Candidate profile

  • Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • Experience of managing New Product / Process introduction (industrialisation) & existing production process improvements
  • Ability to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organisation
  • Working knowledge of LEAN processes and practices
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering leadership
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken
  • Project / Program Management
  • Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
  • Advanced Business degree


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