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Team Leader

Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: Kings Norton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

12 month fixed term contract

GKN Aerospace is one of the UK’s most successful and innovative engineering companies, operating across the world and involved in all major aircraft programmes today. We are a global leader in design and manufacture of aircraft cockpit transparencies for both civil and military application and a strong presence in impact resistant windows for locomotive and automotive markets.


An exciting opportunity for a Team Leader has become available at our Kings Norton facility. The successful Candidate will be responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows.

Additional duties include:

  • Manage employee relations working within GKN procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees
  • Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects
  • Maintain flexibility in line with business needs
Job Responsibilities

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to Value Stream Manager
  • Up to 25 direct reports (Cell Leaders and Production Operatives)
  • Peer relationships with functional teams (including MEQ, HR, HSE, Supply Chain, Finance, CI)

Key Deliverables:

  • Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site.
  • Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently.
  • Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans
  • Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques.
  • Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA) 
  • Accountable for minimising all costs, including scrap, labour and consumables.
  • Value stream mapping.
  • Understand and deliver CI objectives to improve scrap rate and promote 5S throughout department.
  • Application of lean tools.
  • Lead on production related improvements utilising MEQ support.
  • Act as key communicator for the shift, cascading information effectively and providing appropriate feedback.
  • Actively resolve issues raised using standard model of GKN leadership behaviour, where appropriate.
  • Continuously coach and develop team members to ensure that team targets are achieved: enhancing a people – focussed environment.
  • Lead and sponsor improvement activities, aligned with future state continuous improvement plans.
  • Promote and deliver employee involvement (EI) through behavioural leadership.
  • Ownership and accountability of training matrix.


Key Skills

  • Strong leadership skills; able  to embrace and deliver change
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Awareness of HSE requirements.
  • Resource management skills.
  • Knowledge of finance/budgeting.
  • Understanding of a commercial business environment.
  • Previous experience in a supervisory role within a manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding and ability to apply lean business and manufacturing processes.
  • Confidence in interacting effectively with all levels of organisation.
  • Experience with using tools such as standard work, diary management, performance reviews, ERP system, and elemental training plans.
  • Degree educated in Science or Engineering disciple, desired but not essential.