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Manufacturing Engineer - Automation

Date: Nov 9, 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

As a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Team, the Manufacturing Engineer - Automation will be based at our Luton site supporting both our Defence and Civil business lines whilst reporting to the Manufacturing Engineer Manager in this 18 month fixed term contract role, occasional national and international travel to visit suppliers will be required and the incumbent will have the flexibility to work from home for up to 1 day per week dependent on the needs of the business. The Manufacturing Engineer - Automation will work on several value streams within the IPS (Ice Protection Systems) space developing new and existing manufacturing processes whilst supporting the day-to-day operations team at Luton.  

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

  • Develop, document and optimise new and existing manufacturing processes 
  • Support development, design, commissioning and improvements of automated robotic cells 
  • Create and update engineering documentation to maintain configuration control and help manage point of introduction activities, first article inspection and customer approval
  • Maintain software control for all automated systems while following the software control change process 
  • Lead and support structured problem solving projects linked to both project deliverables and day-to-day manufacturing issues
  • Provide day-to-day support to manufacturing operations
  • Liaise with various stakeholders across site as well as external contractors 
  • Provide MRB (Material Review Board) support to existing programs to ensure any process deviation or product faults are reviewed and answered
  • Reduce process driven scrap and rework and support continuous improvement activities
  • Ensure compliance with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures

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:

 

Essential:

  • Significant manufacturing engineering experience 
  • Experience of root cause analysis using  Fishbone (Cause and Effect) Diagrams and 5 Whys (Five Whys) techniques
  • Experience of Lean Manufacturing
     


Desirable:

  • A HND or equivalent in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Experience gained from within an automated manufacturing environment
  • Experience of automation and/or robotics programming and problem solving
  • ABB robotics programming experience
  • Experience of process standardisation kaizen activities such as 5S or Value Stream Mapping
  • Experience of APQP and PAPP standards including Process Flow Diagram, Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Process Control Plans, Measurement System Analysis and Process Capability 
  • Customer specifications experience
  • Aerospace industry standards interpretation experience
  • Experience of A3 or 8D problem solving techniques


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 Manufacturing Engineer - Automation will have a proactive, flexible and positive attitude as well as a hands-on approach to collaborate with multiple departments to improve manufacturing processes, the incumbent will be able to communicate effectively at all levels within an organisation.

What We'll Offer

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

 

  • £29,000 to £43,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • 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


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