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Global Graduate Trainee

Date: Mar 19, 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

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Our Global Graduate programme gives a unique introduction to GKN Aerospace, allowing you to set your own goals and explore your interests. 

What you will be doing

During your placements you will be working as part of a global team, giving you the opportunity to experience different cultures and work with a diverse range of people. Whether you envisage a career as an engineer innovating to overcome technical challenges or as a management executive helping to lead the business, choosing GKN Aerospace means you are joining a global engineering network with wide-ranging opportunities. 
Throughout your graduate journey, we give you the opportunity to test and grow your managerial and personal skills. We provide support and mentoring as you work on real projects, solving real problems and delivering real change. We aim to match your capabilities and aspirations to our strategic and operational needs, ensuring a thriving business for us and fulfilling career for you.
We are committed to your continued development and success so, throughout these roles, you will be involved in an on boarding and structured development programme, and part of a GKN Aerospace Group Graduate Community, to provide you with support and networking opportunities throughout your career at GKN. You will also have the opportunity to take part in additional activities outside of your role, whether it be supporting local community initiatives, or our young people strategy, and you are given the encouragement and time to participate.


Since your assignments will be within several GKN companies in the Netherlands and minimum of one at our international locations, you are willing to work on a co-location basis at different sites.

Job requirements

  • Your educational background is a Master’s degree. We prefer a completed Master’s at a University of Technology, or a Master’s degree in a subject related to our business processes.
  • You have gained managerial and international experience during your studies and extracurricular activities.
  • It is important that you can convince us of your proven affinity with the Aerospace industry. 
  • You have a maximum of one-year relevant working experience.
  • You have a passion to drive your career and your continuous personal development.
  • You are open to different cultures and you master the English language. Good command of the Dutch language would be preferred but not mandatory. 
  • You possess a driver's license. 

We are GKN Aerospace

Every time you travel by air, almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN Aerospace is helping you on your way. Our technologies and components are used in 90% of the world’s aircraft, ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft to the largest passenger planes in the world as well as business jets and the world’s most advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft. We have a mission to become the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky, hence we are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do, enabling aviation’s route to Net Zero. 

What we offer you

  • 27 month international development program together with other graduates across the world
  • Variety of rewarding and challenging placements across different programs and sites
  • Working at the forefront of engineering, technology and sustainability
  • Potential for an international assignment (government restrictions permitting)
  • Structured development journey
  • A wide range of development training and education
  • Coach and buddy to support you throughout your program
  • Opportunity to understand and therefore work to your personal strengths
  • Competitive Salary

Sounds interesting? Then we look forward to your application!

For further details about a vacancy, please visit the corporate website. If you are interested you can apply by using the apply button via our corporate website. 

If you need more information about this program then please contact Nico Rumlawan at

Join us and help us make things fly! 

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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