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Lean Deployment Leader

Date: Apr 22, 2022

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 Defence site in Luton, the Lean Deployment Leader will join the Operations team and report to the Site Lean Deployment Leader in this 12 month fixed term contract role. The Lean Deployment Leader will play a central role in developing their assigned area of the site in its deployment of the Lean Excellence Model. The successful candidate will lead, coach and influence the Leadership in their assigned area, particularly Group Leaders and Team Leaders, ensuring rigour and fidelity to the Lean Excellence Model.

Job Responsibilities


  • Role modelling a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace "Great Place to Work" value drivers and Culture Principles
  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied across GKNA and that all locations are a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment
  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the LEM across their assigned area of responsibility
  • Coaching their assigned area's Leadership team in their deployment of the Lean Excellence Model (particularly the GLs and TLs)
  • Making problems immediately visible, allowing problem solving to take place
  • Delivering significant improvement in People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting their assigned area's customer and stakeholder commitments, driven by significant improvements in Lean Maturity
  • Developing Lean Expertise across their assigned area, ensuring that they become self-sufficient in running the Lean Operating Model, working with the SLDL and fellow LDLs to ensure that all staff are fully certified in Lean Thinking at the appropriate level for their role
  • 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

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:



  • Significant experience gained from an operations, supply chain, manufacturing engineering or lean role within a manufacturing or industrial environment
  • Experience of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership activities including value stream mapping, standardised work, practical problem solving and 5S
  • Experience of building effective teams through mentoring and/or coaching
  • Demonstrable stakeholder engagement experience at all levels



  • A relevant BSc Degree or equivalent such as Engineering, Science or Business discipline
  • Lean Certification from a reputable certifying body or benchmark company
  • Aerospace or automotive industry experience
  • Aerospace supply chain experience
  • Experience of Lean Transformation 

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 Lean Deployment Leader will have strong influencing skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills and a passion for about the aerospace industry as well as commitment to change and Lean Thinking.


What We'll Offer


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

  • £42,000 to £52,000 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
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus  

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