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Manufacturing Engineering Team Leader

Date: Apr 7, 2021

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

GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets.
This role will take full accountability for all Manufacturing Engineering activity the Value Stream within the IPT structure.  

Job Responsibilities

Development of the Manufacturing Engineering Team and alignment of departmental strategy with group & site initiatives. Examples : Scrap reduction and budget management
Zero defects Manufacturing : Implementation, sustainment and training; Build a culture of process control, Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) mind-set in the manufacturing engineering team.
Requirements Matrices, Variable Control Matrices, PFMEA (AS13004) , control plans and Practical Problem Solving A3/8D techniques. APQP/PPAP(AS9145)
Manufacturing Engineering Governance in IPT led teams.
Supporting the GKN Lean Operating Model improvements to manufacturing. Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
Day to day people management including activities such as training and career development, (Technical Excellence) absence management, performance management, development of PVD system, PDP, recruitment etc.
Lead the manufacturing input areas in projects improving Quality & Cost to budgets.
Coach structured problem solving and RCCA methodology. (AS13000)
Manage capital equipment purchasing and implementation and approval of tooling projects
Support equipment reliability/OEE and TPM programmes
Engineering/Operational standard work implementation and manage POI of configuration changes.
Primary manufacturing engineering contact to the customer (teleconferences/support customer visits)
Provide manufacturing technical support on new business bid preparation
Support the management of AS9162 “Self verification Systems” across the valuestream 
Material review board management and corrective action.
There is an opportunity for career advancement into an engineering leadership position.

Job Qualifications


  • You must be able to communicate and lead effectively at all levels within an organisation and be flexible in your approach. 
  • Experience of the full remit of manufacturing engineering.
  • Exposure to Leading Teams (either directly or indirectly) in a challenging high pressure environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of practical problem solving.
  • Experience specifying and purchasing capital equipment.



  • A degree or studying in an engineering related discipline.
  • Experience in the application of lean six sigma tools, ideally qualified to green belt or equivalent. 
  • Demonstrable experience in interfacing with customers and managing customer relationships.
  • Demonstrable experience of PFMEA and SPC tools and APQP methodology 
  • Experience in the Aerospace Quality management system and Industry expectations (AS9100)

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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