Chief Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

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

Responsible for leading the Planning, Development, Commissioning and Industrialisation of Manufacturing Systems within GKN’s Civil business from LG0 to LG9. This applies to, but not limited to; New Product Introductions (NPI), Work Transfers, Technology development and Industrialisation, and addressing Critical Quality issues. The CME directly manages and leads the deployed Manufacturing Engineering (ME) team, to deliver manufacturing systems in compliance with its identified requirements (Produceability, Productivity, Cost, Schedule, Regulatory/Customer/HSE requirements) and adherence to Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) standards.
As part of the Program Core Team (PM, CE, CME, Procurement/SC, Finance), the Chief Engineer manages the Overall Engineering Activities within a Program to meet overall Program and Business
Objectives. The Chief Engineer reports hierarchically and functionally to the Head of Chief Engineering and operationally to the Program Manager(s). 

Job Responsibilities

  • Bids:  Working closely with the Programme team and Industrial Architects, be accountable for the definition of the Manufacturing System and its associated performance targets. This includes validating the NRC planning associated with the technical
  • ME content of bid, any technology developments required and associated technical risks.
  • NPI:  The CME is directly responsible for Planning, Development, and Commissioning of the Manufacturing System for New Product Introductions. Working with the Design Chief Engineers (for Design and Build contracts), site teams and Industrial Architects, they are accountable for delivering a Manufacturing System that fulfils all stakeholder requirements (Safety, Logistics, Quality, Produceability & Business case metrics
  • Sustaining:  the CME is responsible for the governance and oversight of the portfolio of Manufacturing Systems through regular review of system KPIs and Lifecycle (Industrial review) Gate assessments. This is to ensure productivity & quality targets are continually evolving. 
  • Leadership of Projects: Directly responsible for the non-recurring ME activities within the programmes influence & provides the technical leadership through; Program Management, Planning, Resource provisioning, Budgeting, & Project EV reporting to Functional and Enterprise standards.
  • Leadership of Teams: Accountable to the Program Manager/Director for delivering ME content of tasks through direct Operational Management and Leadership of deployed manufacturing engineering team.
  • Quality: Responsible for Product quality within the NPI ME function. Expected to drive a quality mind-set within the deployed engineering team and ensure compliance to agreed Customer, Regulatory, Business and functional standards including AS9145 (ZDM).
  • Relationships: Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, key stakeholders within the business. Foster and champion 5 principles within sphere of influence.

Job Qualifications

  • Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a relevant professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (eg. Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • Demonstrates leadership skills in terms of awareness and maturity to drive to the right business goals in complex multisite environments. 
  • Experience of managing Manufacturing Systems and their industrialisation including production process improvements
  • Ability to lead and influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organisation
  • Working knowledge of Industrial productivity improvements and monitoring their efficacy.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering and/or Demonstrated ability in leadership position with evidence of delivering significant improvements in terms of cost/quality of a manufacturing system. 
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken

Whats in it for you

Besides an innovative and international work environment that offers you a good work-life balance, we offer you opportunities to learn and grow, a competitive salary, pension plan, 29 vacation days / 13 ADV days and travel allowance (from 10 km single journey) as well.

How to Apply

Are you interested in this position and does your background meet the requirements? Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button. Questions? Please contact our Recruiter Mark Streep via

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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