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Team Leader

Date: Jan 8, 2023

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

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.


Sitting across two of our three business lines; Civil and Defence, at our Luton manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1993 with a workforce of cira 400 employees, the site offers a full range of capabilities including 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 customer base includes Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo.

Job Summary


As a Team Leader reporting into one of our Group Leaders, 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. In addition you take responsibility for:


  • Attaining Operational Excellence across your designated area of responsibility, in line with the Performance Centre objectives.
  • Creating a ‘Great Place To Work’ through developing and empowering first class Team Members and driving a culture of continuous improvement, safe working and open dialogue.
  • Being Open and Honest when appraising and managing individuals’ performance whilst supporting and coaching individuals to close performance gaps.
  • Active involvement in problem solving and the management system using a ‘Go to Gemba’ approach to solve problems with the ambition that 95% of issues can be solved within the zone itself.
  • Contributing to the Value Stream future state design, and ensuring its execution across their assigned areas.

How You'll Contribute


To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Exceptional performance as a Team member, demonstrating rigorous adherence to standardised work, and a track record of Kaizen implementation.
  • Self-motivated by meeting and exceeding performance targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated potential to lead, engage, train and develop direct reports.
  • An effective communicator and an influential team member.
  • Qualifications in an Engineering or Science discipline would be advantageous.
  • Good standard of English language; oral and written.
  • Experience working with a Lean Operating Model / Production System.
  • Lean or Six Sigma certification by a reputable certifying body or benchmark company desirable, although not essential
  • Aerospace supply chain experience.

What We’ll Offer

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


  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus
  • 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!


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.



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