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Chief Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Phoenix, AZ, 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 Chief Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for leading the Planning, Development, Commissioning and Industrialization of Manufacturing Systems within GKN’s Civil business. This applies to, but not limited to; New Product Introductions (NPI), Work Transfers, Technology Insertions and addressing Critical Quality issues. The CME directly manages and leads the deployed Manufacturing Engineering (ME) team, to deliver manufacturing systems in compliance with its identified requirements (Produceability, Productivity, Cost, Schedule, Regulatory/Customer/HSE requirements and adherence to Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) standards.

Job Responsibilities


  • NPI - the CME is responsible for Planning, Development, Commissioning of the Manufacturing System for New Product Introductions [LG3->LG7]. Working with the Design Chief Engineers (for Design and Build contracts) and Industrial Architects they are accountable for delivering a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements (Safety, Logistics, Quality, Produceability & Business case metrics), including development and maturity of Manufacturing processes and documentation.
  • Sustaining - the CME is responsible for Oversight of the portfolio of Manufacturing Systems and their evolution (as required) to ensure productivity & quality targets are continually evolving. This includes Identification of new technologies and their development & exploitation, and benchmarking of processes across the GKN portfolio of products. 
  • Leadership of Projects- Responsible for technical leadership of ME activities. This includes Program Management, Planning, Resource provisioning, budgeting, & Project EV reporting within functional and Enterprise standards. 
  • Leadership of Teams – Accountable to the Program Manager/Director for delivering ME content of tasks through direct Operational Management and Leadership of deployed manufacturing engineering team.
  • Quality – Responsible for Product quality within the NPI ME function. Expected to drive a quality mind-set within the deployed engineering team and ensure compliance to agreed Customer, Regulatory, Business and functional standards including AS9145 (ZDM).
  • Bids – Working closely with the Programme team and Industrial Architects, be responsible for the technical ME content of bid work including Technical risk management, ME work content and NRC budgeting.
  • Relationships - Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, key stakeholders within the business. Foster and champion 5 principles within sphere of influence.

Job Qualifications


Required Qualifications:

•    Bachelor Degree in Engineering. 
•    8 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering and/or Demonstrated ability in leadership position with evidence of delivering significant improvements in terms of cost/quality of a manufacturing system. 
•    4 years of experience in aerospace managing engineering projects or having demonstrated resolution of substantial complex manufacturing issues which resulted in alleviation of the problem or significant cost savings. 
•    Must be able to perform work subject to ITAR/EAR regulations and/or program requirements.  


Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN experience
•    10 years of relevant experience gained within an engineering discipline.
•    Supply chain experience preferred
•    Transfers of Work experience preferred
•    Project / Program Management Professional Qualification
•    Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
•    Familiarity with appropriate digital opportunities for manufacturing systems
•    Previously held (internal) technical approval authority (i.e. is recognized as having appropriate technical seniority for Design, EWIS or Analysis).
•    Experience in dealing with related functions (Operations/Production, Sales/Customer Relationship Management, Supplier Management and Development).
•    Management of complex Projects; ability to rationalize, assess and evaluate information that may not always be clear or mature.
•    Project management, planning and organizing skills based on recognized project management methods.
•    Strong business and commercial Savviness. Sees new Opportunities to win (new) Business and also to reduce or avoid costs.
•    Solid approach/understanding to the delivery and tracking of engineering tasks.
•    Able to define challenging objectives and achieve them.
•    Relationship building at Levels up to and including senior management level.
•    Able to work with cross-functional Teams that will typically include (in addition to the Design Engineering Team) Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Commercial. Procurement, Quality and Suppliers.
•    Has excellent judgement in considering when escalation is appropriate.
•    Strong minded, convincing and committed, focused on delivery, must be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
•    Ability to clearly present data, reports and presentations to facilitate the decision making process at all levels of the business.
•    Completed Project Management Training / Courses.
•    Having worked in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in an international setting.
•    Experience with developing and coaching people.
•    Ability to mentor and coach Engineers in the Delivery of their specific Task and supporting their professional Growth.    

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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