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CoE/Business Systems Manager

Date: Mar 1, 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

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) Business Systems Manager will develop a team of skilled knowledge workers whose mission is to design, build and maintain systems in the area of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to optimal support our business processess and provide the business with a sustainable PLM tools support capability and deliver best practices around PLM tools. Build a team to provision Build (new project deployment) and Run and support existing PLM application platforms within agreed SLA.

Job Responsibilities

  •      Lead a team of application subject matter experts to deliver application support with agreed SLAs.
  •      Ensure the business/function are aware of the latest capabilities and drive standard application best practice
  •      Structures, leads, trains and coaches IT staff for maximum effectiveness
  •      Conducts annual employee reviews and sets staff objectives in line with global and regional objectives
  •      Implementing Global IT standards
  •      Application Lifecycle Management
  •      Supports Annual IT Budget
  •      Ensuring the IT Business partner leads function is efficient and customer service oriented.
  •      Ensures IT security requirements are observed and designed into future demand/requirements
  •      Performs other related duties as assigned by Management

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:


•    Working experience with PLM tools - ideally PTC's Windchill PLM software.
•    A relevant HNC/HND or equivalent such as Computer Science or a related discipline – engineering degree  
•    8+ years IT experience gained from an applications focused role within a manufacturing environment
•    3+ years experience of line managing IT teams 
•    5+ years project management experience having led multiple projects simultaneously
•    Experience of working with senior leadership teams 
•    Experience gained from matrixed and fast paced environments
•    Fluency in Dutch and English.


•    Experience gained from the Aerospace industry
•    Experience gained from an international organisation

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 CoE Business Systems Manger will be a delivery focused, ethical, flexible and proactive professional with excellent communication, organisation, problem solving and planning skills, the incumbent will be able to work effectively in a team environment utilising listening and influencing skills and demonstrating initiative and sound judgement.

What We'll Offer

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

  • Competitive salary - Grade F12.
  • Eligible for a bonus scheme.
  • Attractive pension scheme.
  • 30 holidays.
  • A flexible WFH (Working From Home) policy.
  • Informal atmosphere in a dynamic and ambitious department.

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!

More information

For more information please contact our Corporate Recruiter Nico Rumlawan at

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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