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Configuration Engineer - Manufacturing

Date: Mar 7, 2023

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

As a Configuration Manufacturing Engineer, you will be based at our Luton site supporting our Defence and Civil business lines whilst reporting to the Head of ME, there is flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business. The Configuration Manufacturing Engineer will be accountable for managing the coordination and administration of configuration management activities as well as formulating procedures for and executing the introduction of changes to engineering and production documents, the incumbent will also monitor the review of released engineering change data and change documentation activities to ensure adherence to configuration management procedures and policies.

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
  • Provide support to programme teams in configuring and base-lining project items
  • Prepare configuration documentations and maintain Configuration Management (CM) database
  • Deploy CM standard and recommend improvements to existing CM processes
  • Maintain data quality, integrity and security of CM database
  • Schedule audits on CM database and assist in implementing audit recommendations
  • Develop data access security guidelines to avoid unauthorized damage or usage of programme and project configuration item 
  • Work with configuration teams in development and enhancement of CM tools
  • Assist in management, maintenance and automating of CM tools
  • Analyse configuration issues and propose appropriate resolutions
  • Continuously improve CM by implementing Lean initiatives

How You'll Contibute

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:


  • Significant Configuration Engineering experience gained from a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of using SAP and managing related master data
  • Experience of working to business processes and practices
  • Experience of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000


  • A BSc Degree or equivalent in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • Experience of configuration management
  • Experience of ISO10007, MIL-HDBK-61A, EAI-649-1 or equivalent
  • Experience gained from a global organisation
  • Experience of working to LEAN processes and practices

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 Configuration Manufacturing Engineer will be able to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £30,000 to £39,000 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