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Functional Team Lead - Engineering - Product Support

Date: 13-Jan-2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

As Team Lead you will be leading a multi-disciplinary Support Engineering team for the design, and support of various NH90 IPS deliverables. You will report hierarchically and functionally to the NH90 ILS Manager, and operationally to the Product Support Program Manager.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead functional team(s) to deliver the assigned tasks to achieve the programme/project objectives through planning, work tasking, and execution of required engineering activities.
  • Provide technical functional oversight for engineering design solutions, ensuring compliance with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints.
  • Develop and implement methods plans, toolsets and solutions that are appropriate and compliant to achieve the design and programme/project objectives.
  • Provide functional review of generated bids and proposals within assigned programmes/projects.
  • Assess, manage, and mitigate overall technical risk within assigned programmes.
  • Review test specifications/plans and/or alternate means of compliance as required to demonstrate design solution complies with certification requirements.
  • Create engineering designs and verify design compliance to defined requirements including dimensions, materials, parts, process notes, assemblies.
  • Generate, sign, check, or approve all assigned project deliverables, documents, and reports as required within limits of signature authorizations.
  • Provide an independent check for release of technical documentation as required.
  • Implement training and capability strategies to manage training, mentoring, and development of engineers within assigned programmes/projects including technical signatories.
  • Support technical and customer discussions and reviews, including formal gate reviews, the creation and preparation of technical data and presentations.
  • Process and verify concessions and remedial activity and provide technical support by implementing solutions to address non-conforming products and designs, as required.
  • Implement a lean continuous improvement culture and strategy within the programme/project team(s).
  • Establish and implement knowledge management strategies for the programme/project team(s).
  • Support the development and maintenance of functional work instructions, procedures, technical manuals, and guidelines.
  • Manage the overall performance, engagement, and capability development of the programme/project team through the management of performance development plans, training, mentoring, and other initiatives.
  • Provide key performance indicators for programme activities to drive continuous improvement and provide updates / reports, and standard measures to the senior management team, as required.
  • Create a positive workplace environment within the programme through regular meetings, engagement & coaching.

Job Qualifications

To succeed in this role, you have:

  • An higher vocational education level (HBO) preferable in a technical (Aerospace) background or equivalent in working experience. 
  • Knowledge of Integrated Product Support (IPS) standards
  • Knowledge of Program Management (Prince-2 or similar) is required
  • Team player who can perform as a leader when needed
  • Activities are (product) support oriented and have a project-like form
  • Projects vary in nature but are invested in the context of Technical Publication, Product improvements, Reliability analyzes and customer specific tasks
  • Occasional travel to France is part of the job.

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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