Engineering Team Lead Landing Gear/ Gearbox NH90

Date: 19 Sep 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

How do you contribute as an Engineering Teamlead Landing Gear/ Gearbox NH90?

As an engineering teamlead you support the non recurring NH90 Landing Gear & Intermediate Gearbox program. The Engineering Team Lead (ETL) manages several disciplines within the Design Built Support Team for the Landing Gear & Intermediate Gearbox (in short DBST LG/ IGB), during the Full-scale development phase.

He/ she ensures the delivery of engineering work packages and tasks, agreed with the Chief Engineer/ Program Manager in order to meet the overall program and business objectives.

Your team will be responsible for the development, qualification and production of a retractable, crashworthy NH90 Rear & Nose Landing Gear Assemblies for the NATO NH90 helicopter, as well as the intermediate Gear Box, in both Army (TTH, or Tactical Transport Helicopter) and Navy (NFH, or NATO Frigate Helicopter) versions.

You are operationally and technically managing the Functional Team Leads and, if not present, the engineers assigned to the Design Built Support Team. Your challenge is to manage and align the multi-disciplinary activities within the team (divided over the sites, Papendrecht and Helmond) in order to guarantee that the engineering deliverables meet the applicable technical requirements, including manufacturability, certification and qualification requirements, and this all within schedule and budget.

The ETL LG/IGB reports hierarchically to the ETL manager and operationally to the FOKKER-NH90 Chief Engineer and Program Management.

What are your responsibilities in this role?

In this role, you manage the delivery of Engineering Work Packages/ Tasks in the Non-Recurring Phase of the Program, agreed with the Chief Engineer/ Program Manager to meet the overall program and business objectives. Within the DBST, each discipline is managed by a Functional Team Lead, who operationally reports to the ETL.

Currently the DBST LG/ IGB is located in Helmond. In the near future, it will be re-located to Papendrecht. By that time, the DBST LG/ IGB will work together with the DBST Structures from one location. Both DBST’s will then support each other in key-roles and bottleneck situations, so that ongoing activities of both DBST’s continue undisturbed, and thus deliverables according schedule can be achieved.

Your responsibilities are:

  • Delivery of Engineering Deliverables meeting the applicable Technical Requirements (including Manufacturability, Certification / Qualification Requirements) against agreed Schedule and Cost Objectives.
  • Implementation and Execution of Cost & Schedule Control: Non-Recurring Cost Planning, Tracking / Control and Reporting through Earned Value Management.
  • Support Chief Engineer in the Execution of Program Risk Management by identifying Technical Risks and determining associated Mitigation Actions.
  • Initiating Corrective Measures in the Case of Deviations from the planned Schedule & Budget Objectives.
  • Managing Change & Scope Control. Provides input to the internal Change Control Process.
  • Providing day-to-day Operational Management to the Engineering Project Team.
  • Management of Engineering Resource and Equipment Requirements including timely Indication of Changes in the Requirements affecting Demand in Resources and Equipment.
  • Resolution of overall Resourcing Conflicts between Programs in Conjunction with Functional Heads.

What is required for this role?

As an Engineering Team Lead, you have a proven record of accomplishment of at least ten years in achieving results in a changing environment. You have a keen eye for continuous improvement. You are able to deliver results. You are able to structure, show perseverance and make it all happen.

Your education and background:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Aerospace engineering or equivalent in working and thinking level;
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience gained within a technical discipline, preferably in an aerospace environment and in multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Experience as an engineering / functional team leader; has led teams (delivery through people without direct hierarchical authority) or experience in managing (complex) engineering projects.
  • Previously held (internal) technical approval authority, i.e. the ideal candidate is recognized with appropriate technical seniority for design, EWIS or analysis.
  • Experience in dealing with related functions such as Operations / Production, Sales / Customer Relationship Management, Supplier Management and Development.
  • Project management, planning and organizing based on recognized project management methods.

Key characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • Show team leadership, has experiences to oversee multiple disciplines.
  • Strong communication skills, makes sure that team members are informed and know what to do.
  • Excellent team player: you are able to work effectively with diverse teams & team members.
  • Execution skills, you deliver results; get the work done and the plans executed.
  • Strong minded, convincing personality, committed, focused, able to work under pressure.
  • Excellent judgement regarding escalation procedures.

What is in it for you?

We offer a challenging working environment and a career opportunity where you can make the difference. You will contribute to a diverse and international team of experts.

Salary and more: a more than good salary that fits the content of this role, and good secondary conditions such as:

  • Holidays and ADV (reduction of working) days, in total 40 – 42 days a year.
  • Pension schemes at Pension fund Metal Elektro (PME).
  • Travel allowances for commuting.
  • Profit-sharing scheme.
  • The possibility to follow additional training and courses.

About GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace was founded in 1759 and in more than 260 years we have grown to become one of the biggest engineering players in the aircraft industry worldwide. Fokker joint the GKN Aerospace in 2016 and since then develops, builds and supplies a comprehensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies – for use in aircraft ranging from business jets, helicopters and military aircraft to the most widely used single aisle and largest passenger aircraft in the world.

The young Anthony Fokker always had big plans, and his legacy has never been lost. Our current challenges nowadays are sustainability. We are currently working on an emission-free regional aircraft for 48 passengers. This aircraft will fly with zero CO2 emissions and zero NOx emissions. With the only by-product: water. We stand as GKN Aerospace not just on the sidelines of our current transitions, but we are actually making it a reality. Here you will find the talents with the right skills and passion for their profession and who work with the highest quality requirements.

Growth and development
GKN Aerospace is growing fast and with great people we keep the sky moving. Here we work together with passion and determination to make planes fly further, faster and greener. We draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve the highest and we build our teams on trust and respect.

GKN Aerospace Defence
For our defence customers around the world, we deliver the systems and components that help aircraft fly faster, further and greener. Our portfolio varies from the F-16s (still) to the NH90, the most successful European helicopter. Our reliable systems and components range from aerostructures and electrical wiring systems to engine components. The long-term involvement supports the growth in UAV / RPAS (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) / RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) of the defence market. Fokker's market and technology leadership | GKN Aerospace's advanced aerostructures, EWIS and lightweight technologies have proven to be well suited to the requirements of the UAV OEMs.

Department / Program
Depending on the complexity and size of the program, you manage 10 – 20 team members.

Further Information

Where will you be working: Papendrecht location, this role has an international working field and requires frequent travelling.

We work hybrid: in consultation with your manager and if work allows, you can work (to a max of) 50/50 at home and at the office. This is defined in a separate home/work contract.

Full-time/ part-time: the position is full-time (40 or 32 hours per week).

Procedure (after your application, refer below):
Part of the selection procedure is carrying out the necessary checks and screenings in order to meet the requirements set by GKN Aerospace customers, partners and suppliers within the program. The checks and screenings are based on the frameworks and procedures set by our Export Compliance & Security department.

Every employee must ultimately be authorized to give substance to his or her position. Assessment of checks and screenings can lead to the fact that no content can be given to the position and therefore no employment or deployment can follow. On boarding at Fokker usually takes three weeks.

You will have the first conversations online with the Talent Acquisition Specialist and then a physical meeting with the Engineering Team Leads manager.

If you and we are positive after these conversations, we will sit together and work out the final contract details.

We look forward to welcome to you and to become part of a strong, fun and good team of specialists!

How to apply?
Are you interested in this interesting role, and do you meet the requirements? Do not wait and respond immediately. Any questions? Please contact our Talent Acquisition Specialist Mark Streep via

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