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Site Quality Systems Manager - Medium/Large Site

Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Orangeburg, SC, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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

Senior site role that develops and maintains quality standards and plans/procedures to assure company products meet required specifications, standards, and meet the needs & expectations of the sites interested parties and therefore maintain all associated certification and regulatory approvals.

To provide the guidance, governance and expertise to the site leadership team to nurture a culture of Quality in all site activities, ensure quality compliance and support the delivery of the site business objectives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Working collaboratively with the site Senior Leadership Team to create and sustain a Quality culture and provide appropriate governance and assurance leadership
  • Planning, implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the site QMS/BMS in compliance with industry standards, applicable Aviation Safety laws, customer and GKN Aerospace Global Standards requirements
  • Systemic analysis of QMS/BMS data to the site Management Review process ensuring effective, data based, factual inputs to business decisions
  • Ensuring the site’s audit requirements are integral to the Regional Audit Manager plans, ensuring compliance with QMS/BMS internal, customer (2nd party) and external (3rd party) audit requirements and delivering on site follow up activities
  • Planning, conducting & follow up activities (including systemic analysis of risk/opportunity) of product and production process audit as required by the programmes and to assure proper discharge of delegated product quality related activities in the organisation in support of product safety and conformity.
  • Systemic risk management and mitigation for the QMS/BMS with focus on compliance, deployment and effectiveness. Escalating any QMS/BMS risks to the Site Leadership, and if applicable/appropriate the accountable manager (POA/MOA) and Business Line Quality Systems Director for support/co-ordination of appropriate actions to mitigate/address these risks
  • Coordination, planning, hosting and leadership of all Customer (2nd party) & Certification Body (3rd party) audits and assessments to ensure successful outcome and, supporting Site Local Business Process Managers (LBPM) in resolving any issues raised as part of the audits
  • Act as the site representation on QMS/BMS and Quality compliance related matters with Customers, Certifying Bodies and Aerospace Authorities
  • Directing Local Business Process Managers (LBPM) to ensure the adoption of the GKNA Global Standards, adapting and tailoring the local QMS/BMS processes that control and improve effectiveness and efficiency, to support achieving business objectives
  • Planning and management of the system requirements for hosting and deployment of the local QMS/BMS, its stated processes & associated controls and for training people who will be defining/utilising its functions
  • Recording and measuring of any defined Site QMS/BMS Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and for taking the actions necessary to improve
  • Managing Continuous Improvement of the QMS/BMS as well as forward planning on the integration of new regulation/specification requirements

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Business Management and/or Quality Management, or Engineering/Technical degree with experience of Quality/Business Management Systems
  • 8+ years Quality Systems/Engineering experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • 3+ years of Management / Supervisory experience 
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and training of ISO 9001, AS9100, Aviation Regulatory (FAA etc) & customer quality requirements and application of these into an accredited QMS/BMS
  • Experience of maintaining and updating BMS across an organization of an equal size;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and training in Lean and its application within a business management context
  • Knowledge of ISO19001 and use of process and risk based methods and techniques for audit planning and execution
  • Development of people, their knowledge & perception of QMS/BMS value within and outside direct control


Preferred Qualifications:

  • GKN Experience
  • Boeing Commercial experience
  • An effective communicator with good soft/presentation skills;
  • Experienced in coaching others with strong influencing skills;
  • An effective problem solver with strong knowledge of tools such as 8D/RCCA
  • A leader to who can coach peers and has the ability to work within a matrix organization, with strong influencing skills
  • A self-starter, motivated and able to positively motivate others  within the organization, mentoring and coaching of staff and other employees and the development of succession plans
  • Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing/Continuous improvement skills;
  • Experience dealing with customers, certifying bodies and suppliers;
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably aerospace
  • APQC knowledge or experience with common industry process classification frameworks.  Creative and innovative in non-traditional means of compliance to innovate Business management systems
  • AATT training on AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120

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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