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Engineer - Systems Engineering

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Luton, GB Bristol, GB East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is an original aerospace innovator. For decades, GKN Aerospace technologies have inspired and industrialised the aerospace industry, combining engineering and technological excellence. Today we are truly global. With 17,000 employees in 48 manufacturing locations in 15 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on our advanced technologies. – Would you like the opportunity to work at the GKN as a Senior Systems Engineer?

Job Summary

We are looking for a Senior Engineer with a strong background in Systems Engineering to help shape the future of flight.  You will be responsible for Systems Engineering from requirements elucidation, development, specification and test definition, including integration. We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented individuals with the skills and passion to become future leaders in what they do. 

The Senior Engineer shall draw on their diverse engineering background and product lifecycle awareness to progress a variety of research activity in the TRL1-6 range. They must have sound experience in leading technical work, including budgeting, schedule and risk management. They shall be capable of achieving through others internally and externally, and will be committed to development of their own skills and professional network. Their good communication skills shall enable them to confidently engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

NB This role can be based in Luton or Cowes. 

Job Responsibilities

  •      Shall be responsible to define and develop requirements, and turn them into a feasible solution by proposing an architecture, system and component definition according to ARP4754 reporting technically to the Principal Systems Engineer.
  •      Shall develop component and system specifications/descriptions as well as compliance criteria for the system, items, components, hardware and software.
  •      Shall be responsible for the development of functions, systems, items and components to ARP4754, ARP4761, DO160, DO254, DO178, DO-297 and others as appropriate.
  •      Shall be responsible for the development of requirements at all levels from system, item, components, down to hardware and software level.
  •      Shall define validation plans and ensure compliance through analysis, simulation and/or test (e.g. DO-160) as appropriate.
  •      Manage technical engagement with the supply chain.
  •      Work with the systems architects, mechanical systems engineers and system simulation engineers to ensure that the system requirements are achieved.
  •      Support certification thought the identification, elicitation and background of requirements as well as defining the acceptable means of compliance.  Supporting certification engineering in discussions with the certification authorities.
  •      Shall anticipate and manage transversal technical and business issues, arbitrate between solutions considering all aspects: sustainability, reusability, optimisation, opportunity, schedule, quality, cost, risks, safety and performance.
  •      Support the recruitment, specification of roles and ensure the development of members of the team.
  •      Generate technical reports and presentations, with the ability to present information in a clear and organized manner.
  •      Develop specification documents and procedures for new products before launched into manufacturing.  Ensure their specification and ensure the production, compliance and test of the components, items and systems.  Develop validation test methods and protocols. Use Aerospace best practices.  Participate in in-depth analysis of test data.
  •      Shall ensure configuration management is in place for the systems and all of its components from requirement through to operation.
  •      Provide general technical feedback on the design and development of mechanical and electrical sub-systems.
  •      Manage and develop requirements and specifications both internally and as part of appropriate international standard working groups.
  •      Shall contribute to the development of GKN as a 'Great Place to Work', aligned with the core principles - safe, innovative, open & honest, care & respect, and ownership.

Job Qualifications

Essential Specific Technical Experience :

  •      Experience in Simulink models
  •      Experience in aircraft software and software requirements
  •      Experience in generating control laws / electronics
  •      Experience in circuit design
  •      Experience in generating/reviewing requirements
  •      Experience specifying and developing electrical and electronic systems for heavy transportation (aerospace, ground and/or maritime).
  •      Experience in MBSE (e.g. SysML), functional decomposition and performing architectural system level studies, e.g. ANSYS SCADE.
  •      Experience in management and development of products with suppliers including subsystems, items and components.
  •      Experience in functional and physical system development as well as having held approval authority.
  •      Proficiency in Multi-domain Modelling/Simulation packages, e.g. MATLAB, Simulink, Simscape, Amesim or other.
  •      Experience in the mechanical design, integration and test of the electrical and electronic systems, including functional, EMC and copper-bird testing,
  •      Experience in component and item testing to DO-160 as well as running system test rigs.
  •      Experience in associated international standards, design practices, certification requirements (and means of compliance) as well as in service issues.
  •      Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications.
  •      Ability to design and set-up experiments and fixtures for testing (“Hands on” experience)

Essential General Experience:

  •      Has good interpersonal and communication skills, and can translate to a variety of audiences. Is confident and able to represent their project(s) and GKN values in internal/external review meetings. 
  •      Has experience engaging with production teams, can identify operational requirements and incorporate in the project(s) as appropriate.
  •      Has a good general aerospace engineering/technology knowledge base and can demonstrate strategic thinking
  •      Has a logical and methodical approach to work package planning and costing
  •      Is a strong self-starter, competent to work with general goal-based direction as well as more specific task-based requirements
  •      Has a growing network in Aerospace or Technology areas relevant to the role, and is able to identify and engage in the development of collaboration opportunities

Qualifications Required: 

  •      A Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering with a minimum 5 years relevant aerospace experience in electrical systems related systems engineering.

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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