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Design Engineer

Date: Mar 15, 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

Sitting within our Design Engineering team and based at our site in Luton with the flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business, the Design Engineer will be part of the wider GKN engineering community within the Civil Airframe business line which comprises of more than 400 engineers throughout the globe interlinking our capabilities and technology at a platform level.  Established in the 1940’s, 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, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-22 & F-35. The team is currently working on the next generation platforms with customers such as: Airbus, BAe and Leonardo.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Technical Lead on projects from receipt of requirements through to manufacturing launch
  • Work to deliver regulatory, customer and GKN technical governance
  • Deliver technical work packages on time and in budget
  • Support technical reviews with the customer and formal internal cross-functional gate reviews with senior GKN management

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 Scientific or Engineering discipline 
  • Significant design engineering experience gained within highly regulated manufacturing environment such as the Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, Energy or Automotive industries
  • Experience of developing and integrating with multi-disciplinary technical engineering project teams (Design/CM, EWIS, Analysis, M&P, Manufacturing/Industrialization)
  • Experience of translating technical information to a wider technical and none technical audience
  • Experience of problem solving using recognised toolsets
  • Experience of engaging with external customers and suppliers to understand requirements and build relationships


  • Experience of budget management and compliance
  • Experience of working to AS9145 standards
  • Experience of aerospace design processes including ARP4754/4761 and the tools/methods contained therein (or military equivalents)
  • Experience of aerospace regulatory requirements including 14 CFR Part 25 and 748/2012 and acceptable means of compliance (or military equivalents)

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 Design Engineer will be an ambitious, inquisitive and credible professional who is able to work on their own initiative whilst contributing to team success through change activities and continuous two way communication with diversity, flexibility and sensitivity in mind. The incumbent will possess excellent commercial acumen and be focused on continuous improvement and problem solving through an evidence based methodical approach.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £29,200 to £43,800 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