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Group Leader

Date: Jan 7, 2022

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


  • Are you a Leader who thrives when helping operators grow and develop, and are constantly looking for coachable moments to upskill them?
  • Do you love solving problems and want to go beyond just fixing them - identifying root causes, finding optimal solutions, and implementing process improvements to prevent future issues?
  • Are you driven by a need to exceed your customers, your team, and your company expectations?
  • Can you push your team to deliver the highest quality products and solutions in a timely manner and still have their esteem?
  • Do you thrive in leveraging the talent of your team to consistently increase performance and productivity?
  • Do you flourish when you can make decisions and own its consequences?
  • Are you a person who has a natural authority to get things done and who actively deals with poor behaviours or performance?


If the answer is yes, then we are looking for you to come and join our busy team in Luton as a Group Leader. 


As Group Leader you will be accountable for achieving the People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets through the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model. Alongside these targets your will also be accountable for attaining Operational Excellence across your designated area of responsibility, in line with the Performance Centre objectives. You will also contribute and be accountable for creating a ‘Great Place To Work’ through developing and empowering first class Team Leaders and driving a culture of continuous improvement, safe working and open dialogue. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Create and sustain a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place To Work” value drivers and Culture Principles by role-modelling behaviours, motivating, encouraging and recognising the contribution of individuals and teams.
  • Hold Team Members and Team Leaders accountable to embody the GKNA culture principles
  • Be Open and Honest when appraising and managing individuals’ performance whilst supporting and coaching individuals to close performance gaps
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied and that their assigned areas are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment
  • Developing first-class Team Leaders who embody the GKN culture principles and are readily able to progress to become Group Leaders or take other key roles in the business
  • Leading and developing their teams to understand the context, mechanics and the delivery of PSQDCC targets to meet customer and stakeholder commitments
  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across their assigned areas
  • Active involvement in problem solving and the management system using a ‘Go to Gemba’ approach to solve problems with the ambition that 98% of issues can be solved within the area itself
  • Contributing to the Site strategy through the Hoshin Kanri (Strategy Deployment) process and ensuring its execution across their assigned areas
  • Understand the ‘bigger picture’ and cooperate with other Group Leaders to ensure the best performance outcomes for the entire site
  • Holding the functional support staff accountable for adhering to the Global standards and enabling their area teams to meet their targets
  • Ensuring the disciplined execution of Daily Management and Standardised work through the conscientious adherence to Leader Standard Work
  • Driving and facilitating the Engagement of all team members, ensuring engagement actions are defined, implemented and followed-through
  • Complying with all legal and regulatory requirements and ensuring that staff are aware of the policies and their individual responsibilities and accountabilities:
  • The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies
  • Compliance and Ethics Policy on Contracting with the United States Government in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government
  • Export Control regulations 
  • Input to Capex projects within their Area 
  • Responsibility for managing Area budget as agreed with Direct Manager
  • Taking ownership when having to make difficult decisions linked to their area

Job Qualifications



  • An evidenced track record in;
  • Operations leadership, preferably internally from a Team Leader role
  • Understanding of performance numbers and trends
  • Meeting and exceeding PSQDCC performance targets
  • Using effective communication to build a high performing team
  • Influencing across functional lines
  • The ability to Lead, Coach and Develop direct reports
  • Consistently working to standards as defined in the site Business/Quality Management System (B/QMS)
  • Good standard of English language


  • Qualifications in an Engineering or Science discipline
  • Proficient in English language (written and verbal)
  • Experience working with a Lean Operating Model / Production System
  • Lean or Six Sigma certification by a reputable certifying body or benchmark company
  • Aerospace supply chain experience
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry

Travel requirements

  • Majority of time spent in own Performance Centre
  • Circa 10% for travel to internal/external benchmarking and general business needs

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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