Chief Engineer

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Join as a Chief Engineer

GKN’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Papendrecht, the Netherlands is a state of the art technology research and manufacturing process development facility which is a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. As part of the Program Core Team (PM, CE, CME, Procurement/SC, Finance), we are seeking to recruit a Chief Engineer to manage the overall engineering activities to meet the overall Program and Business Objectives. The Chief Engineer will report hierarchically and functionally to the Head of Chief Engineering and operationally to the Program Manager(s).

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage development activities in the (pre-)conceptual phase and full-scale development phase of program to achieve world class technical solutions meeting program objectives (Weight, RC, NRC)
  • Ensure (continued) Airworthiness of the product design in accordance with applicable Certification specifications
  • Act as primary focal point for external customer (major) technical Issues
  • Set up Engineering Project Organisation (WBS/OBS/CBS)
  • Implement and execute cost & schedule control including change & scope control
  • Provide day-to-day operational management to the engineering (management) team 
  • Provide effective communication within the (Program) team and stakeholders outside the team

How you will 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:


  • Bachelor or Master Degree in (Aerospace) Engineering or equivalent 
  • Experience gained within an engineering discipline, ideally within an aerospace environment and in multi-disciplinary engineering project teams 
  • Experience with managing (complex) engineering projects 
  • Previously held (internal) technical approval authority 
  • Experienced in project management and planning using recognised project management methods


  • Completed Project Management Training / Courses
  • Having worked in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in an international setting
  • Experience with developing and coaching people

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. We are looking for someone who is strong minded, convincing and committed, focused on delivery with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Our offer

We offer an innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. Our organization exudes a passion for technology and our employees are rightly proud of what they develop and build. Within GKN Aerospace, you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.

Plus, you get a fantastic range of benefits, including:

  • Salary according to the CLA Metalektro: O (min 6.514 / max 8.600,-)
  • 29 annual leave days and 13 ADV days
  • Travel allowance
  • Profit related benefits


Please apply through this website, we are looking forward to your application.

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further.  And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. 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.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology. ​

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