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Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Date: May 11, 2022

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A great place to work needs a great way of working; support us making GKN the trusted and most sustainable partner in the sky for our customers.

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

The Manufacturing Engineering Manager will be based at our Luton site serving both our Defence and Civil business lines, the role reports to the Site Head of ME and will require quarterly national travel to attend supplier/customer meetings and external training. The incumbent will be responsible for leading a multi-disciplined and process control focused engineering team of up to 10 that eliminates defects through deployment of GKN Aerospace Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite. The Manufacturing Engineering Manager will deploy engineering resources to Production & Development Programs ensuring compliance of these deployed teams to the established functional processes and delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to both materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly. 

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

  • Exemplify a safety-first mind-set ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards
  • Develop first class leading technical engineering solutions to complex problems
  • Deliver a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements including; Safety, Quality, Producibility & Business case
  • Lead engineering teams to deliver measurable, metrics driven results in line with Operational and Programme goals
  • Develop, deploy and maintain functional engineering standards
  • Develop and deliver manufacturing engineering training strategy for the business
  • Lead capability & career development of the engineering team
  • Build a culture of process control, Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) mind-set in the manufacturing engineering team
  • Implement tooling and/pr production planning from original concept through to production
  • Design processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard ZDM tool suite to demonstrate as such
  • Accountable for product development, new product quotes, tool fabrication quotes, first article development, configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination, build process definition and implementation
  • Maintain positive team relationships with internal and external customers as well as co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives

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 relevant Engineering BSc Degree such as Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical
  • Extensive manufacturing engineering experience gained from a manufacturing engineering environment
  • Significant experience of engineering line management
  • Experience of managing New Product and Process Introduction (Industrialisation)
  • Experience of existing production process improvements
  • Experience of Lean Manufacturing processes and practices
  • Experience of quality system models including ISO9000 or AS9100 



  • A relevant Engineering MSc Degree such as Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical
  • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification
  • Significant experience gained from a global organisation
  • Project and/or Programme Management experience
  • Experience of AS9145 APQP processes or equivalent


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 Engineering Manager will be able to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships. 

What We'll Offer

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

  • £40,000 to £60,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • 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