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Commercial Officer (IPT)

Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: Luton, GB

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

GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets. Our customer’s trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring.
The Role:
- Provide Commercial expertise and support to specific local customer-facing team.
- Work to ensure the management and resolution of commercial issues on a day-to-day basis, such as commercial change management, plus supporting local level bids / proposals.
- Informs the IPTs (Integrated Programme Teams) of contractual obligations and boundaries.
- First point of escalation for customer purchase order or contractual issues internally and from customer.

Job Responsibilities

To interface and highlight to the IPT (Integrated Programme Team) and customers where contractual obligations and limits to obligations are.
- Supports new bidding activity when required, including the compilation of a business model and Commercial proposal.
- To manage/maintain the company order book to reflect the customer’s purchase order requirements.
- To ensure that commercial/contractual correspondence files are maintained.
- To maintain key performance metrics and contribute to internal reporting requirements.
- Supports change negotiations with Customers.
- Ensure that overdue debt is kept to a minimum and customers pay in accordance with agreed payment terms.
- Support Project / Program Review structure, reports, data etc.
- Review Customer Demand and conclude on demand changes, check against contractual conditions and update demand, as part of MPS (Master Production Schedule).
- Manage opportunities to improve the business case.
- Adheres to all Program Management and Commercial standards and policies in accordance with the GKN Aerospace Program Management framework and contribute to process development.
- Be compliant with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures.
- Any other reasonable duties

Job Qualifications

Attention to detail, quality, accuracy and desire for continual improvement.
- Good written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
- Willingness to accept change and adapt to new processes etc.
- Good time management and ability to work to challenging deadlines.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Numeracy skills, familiarity with MS Excel is essential.
- Ability to organise information and tasks and to prioritise activities using appropriate tools and resources.
- Ability to work with others co-operatively and flexibly within a team to achieve a collective goal.
- Ability to give and receive written and verbal information on a timely, user-friendly, understandable manner and checks interpretation.
- Ability to identify and satisfy internal / external customer needs and works in partnership with customer.
- Having the will, energy and decisiveness to make things happen professionally and personally.
- SAP Experience desirable but not essential.

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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