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Chemical Engineer - Manufacturing

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

Job Summary

The Chemical Engineer - Manufacturing will be based at our Luton site supporting our Defence business line whilst reporting to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, the incumbent will have flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business. The Chemical Engineer - Manufacturing will provide manufacturing engineering capability to operational and development programmes enabling and delivering zero defect projects through engineering and problem solving, the incumbent will be accountable for delivering robust manufacturing process technology applicable to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly with a focus on transparency solutions and supporting products and processes involving materials and coating chemistry within the manufacturing engineering team.

Established in 1993, GKN Aerospace in Luton is a world leader in commercial and military ice protection systems and transparencies. Offering a full range of capabilities; design, analysis, testing, certification and manufacture of electro-thermal ice protection, military fast jet canopies and flight deck windows to over 20 programmes including: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus A320, AgustaWestland, AW101, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed, Martin F-22 Raptor. Our customers include Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo. Our Luton site is home to 400+ employees and onsite facilities including onsite parking, canteen, vending machines and showers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Exemplify a safety-first mind-set ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards
  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace, our customers and suppliers
  • Deliver technical support of manufacturing process development and integration for production  
  • Utilize root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances
  • Maintain positive relationships with internal and external customers as well as co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives
  • Implement materials & process methods and solutions from original concept through to production 
  • Deploy processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite 
  • Support manufacturing development and integration for production
  • Resolve issues pertaining to vendor quality
  • Provide specialist knowledge to production activities with the ultimate goal of improving efficiency, product quality and the reduction of non-conforming parts
  • Production problem solving primarily in transparencies and windows but throughout the business where chemical reactions/processes require understanding
  • Assist production process improvements in areas where chemistry input is required
  • Provide day-to-day support to manufacturing operations
  • Contribute chemical information knowledge to other problem-solving efforts
  • Standardise and produce coating mixing and application practises within production environment including documentation updates
  • Improve existing coating practices and controls 
  • Incoming material acceptance & re-life testing
  • Provide Health & Safety support including Risk & CoSHH assessments
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance including equipment troubleshooting
  • Continuously improve chemistry facilities and processes
  • Reduce process driven scrap and rework
  • Provide MRB (Material Review Board) support to existing programmes ensuring any process deviation or product faults are reviewed and answered
  • Create and update engineering documentation to maintain configuration control and help manage point of introduction activities, first article inspection and customer approval

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • A BSc Degree or equivalent in a Chemistry related discipline
  • Chemical engineering experience
  • Experience gained from a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of root cause analysis using Fishbone (Cause and Effect) Diagrams or 5 Whys (Five Whys) techniques
  • Experience of report writing and specification development
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Products including Excel & Word


  • Experience of chemical coatings, process control or formulation
  • Experience working with Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Experience of coatings/thin film technology for environmental protection
  • Experience of A3 or 8D problem solving techniques
  • Experience in process standardisation kaizen activities such as 5S or Value Stream Mapping
  • Experience in APQP and PAPP standards including Process Flow Diagram, Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Process Control Plans, Measurement System Analysis and Process Capability 

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. The Chemical Engineer - Manufacturing will be a flexible, hands on and analytical self-starter with a can-do attitude and a structured and tenacious approach to problem solving as well as the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate at all levels within an organisation. The incumbent will be ambitious with a keen interest in applying chemistry in an engineering environment and be able to demonstrate strong prioritisation and influencing skills.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • £29,000 to £43,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply