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Technician - Manufacturing Engineering - Materials & Process

Date: May 7, 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

As a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Team, the Manufacturing Engineering Technician will report to the Manufacturing Engineering Manager and be based at our Luton site serving both our Civil & Defence business lines. The Manufacturing Engineering Technician 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.  

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. Our customers trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, document and optimise existing manufacturing processes 
  • Create and update engineering documentation to maintain configuration control and help manage point of introduction activities, first article inspection and customer approval
  • Support structured problem solving projects linked to both project deliverables and day-to-day manufacturing issues
  • Provide day-to-day support to manufacturing operations
  • 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
  • Establish appropriate new process controls and improve existing ones
  • Be compliant 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:


  • A relevant BSc Degree in an Engineering discipline together with experience gained from relevant academic placements OR significant experience gained from an operational role within a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of problem solving using root cause analysis tools such as Fishbone or 5 Whys etc.
  • Experience of time management and organisation
  • Experience of prioritisation with consideration for commerciality and/or business needs
  • Experience of working within a team environment as well as independently
  • Experience or knowledge of Lean Manufacturing



  • Experience gained from an Aerospace, Automotive or FMCG industries
  • Experience of interpreting process related data 
  • Experience of process standardisation kaizen activities such as 5S or Value Stream Mapping
  • Experience or knowledge of APQP and PAPP standards including Process Flow Diagram, Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Process Control Plans, Measurement System Analysis and Process Capability 
  • Experience or knowledge 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 Engineering Technician will be able to communicate effectively at all levels within an organisation and be flexible in their approach utilising their hands-on / can-do attitude to collaborate with multiple departments to improve manufacturing processes.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £25,000 to £36,000 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