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Senior Development Engineer

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Helmond, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world's leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 51 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world”s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.


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 Engineering Team Lead manages the delivery of Engineering Work Packages/Tasks agreed with a Chief Engineer/Programme Manager (or equivalent) to meet overall Program and Business Objectives.

The Engineering Team Lead reports hierarchically, functionally and operationally to the Chief Engineer (of the same Program). In case no Chief Engineer is deployed to the project or programme, the Engineering Team Lead reports hierarchically and functionally directly to the Head of Chief Engineering and operationally to the Program Manager.

Job Responsibilities

  • Delivery of the Engineering Deliverables meeting the applicable Technical Requirements (including Manufacturability, Certification / Qualification Requirements) against agreed Schedule and Cost Objectives.
  • Implementation and Execution of Cost & Schedule Control: NRC Planning, Tracking / Control and Reporting through Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Support Chief Engineer in the Execution of Program Risk Management by identifying Technical Risks and determining associated Mitigation Actions
  • Initiating Corrective Measures in the Case of Deviations from the planned Schedule & Budget Objectives
  • Managing Change & Scope Control. Provides input to the internal Change Control Process, supporting the Chief Engineer in the Customer Change Control Board Process
  • Providing day-to-day Operational Management to the Engineering Project Team.
  • Management of Engineering Resource and Equipment Requirements including:
  • Timely Indication of Changes in the Requirements affecting Demand in Resources and Equipment;
  • Resolution of overall Resourcing Conflicts between Programs in Conjunction with Functional Heads
  • Ensuring effective Deployment and Use of allocated (Engineering) Resources to the different Work Packages and Activities.
  • Ensuring Application of effective (Design-Build Team) Best/Working Practices & Standards and encouraging a culture of continuous improvement including Lean Initiatives
  • Organizing ad-hoc (peer) Reviews and adequate follow-up;
  • Development or Initiation of new or improved best Practices and working Standards;
  • Contributing to establishing Knowledge and Experience (Knowledge Management, Tool and Process Enhancements and Lessons Learned) for the Function.
  • Providing effective Communication within the (Program) Team and with Stakeholders outside the Team.
  • Acting as Link to other Internal Departments as Operations and Procurement to provide General Support and to achieve Specific Agreements on Manufacturing Philosophy, Design-to-Cost, Supplier Quotations, etc.
  • Identification of Work Packages suitable for Off-load to external Suppliers including drafting Statements of Work.
  • Supporting the Functional Heads in the PDP Process (Job Appraisals, Career Development Reviews)

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  • 5 – 10 years working experience in a technical function in aerospace or a comparable environment.
  • Affinity with complex technical systems like landing gear.
  • Good analytical skills including experience in the area of Stress & Fatigue.
  • Critical and independent mind set
  • Conscious of quality and applicable processes.
  • Experienced in writing of technical documentation in English.
  • Knowledge of materials and processes, preferably in an aerospace environment, is desirable.
  • Knowledge of mechanical and hydraulic (aerospace) components is a recommendation.

You are pro-active, self-starting and entrepreneurial, have good communication skills and you are a team player. You have worked before in a multidisciplinary environment and are familiar with production engineering, testing and certification. You are willing to learn and are able to arrange things.
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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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