Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Sep 3, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL Hoogerheide, 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.

The vacancy Manufacturing Engineer

To complement our Manufacturing Engineering team, we are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer. You will be working in a team with Senior Manufacturing Engineers, Principal Manufacturing Engineers, Configuration Managers and Quality Engineers. In your role as a Manufacturing Engineer you will support the department in the daily conversion of supplied design information into work instructions, and associated matrix lists for the production of engine/motor wiring harnesses for aircraft.
Most of the wiring harnesses we work on are produced at our overseas facilities located in Turkey, China and India. Therefore, you have daily contact with your fellow Manufacturing Engineers at these locations. A smaller part of the wire harnesses is produced in the Netherlands, in Hoogerheide and Papendrecht.

Alongside the above you’ll be responsible for

•    Creating work package parts and instructions.
•    Entering, and registering changes in the product instructions.
•    Supplying the necessary logistical material overviews in our ERP/ Baan system.
•    Supporting production in the foreign branches.
•    Making improvement proposals regarding the production process, methods and techniques.
•    Determining the necessary materials and tools for production

What do you bring to be successful?

•    Bachelors Degree and/or minimum Secondary Vocational Education and Training in the direction of engineering or electrical engineering, or equivalent.
•    Good command of the English language, speaking and writing, Dutch is a plus.
•    Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
•    Thinks in solutions, contributes solutions, and assists in applying those solutions where necessary.
•    Possesses good communication skills.

Above all we are looking for talent who want to start a conversation with us. Together we can explore whether there is match between you and us and create an opportunity dependent on your education and experience. 

What we do at GKN Fokker Elmo

At GKN Fokker ELMO, we make wiring harnesses for aircraft, which connect all the electrical systems in an aircraft. To make the wiring harnesses, we have everything in-house from start to finish. From complete engineering to our final product, the ready-to-use wiring harnesses, we do this for well-known aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, and Lockheed-Martin for both civil and military aircraft.
We produce these wiring harnesses worldwide at several sites. In Papendrecht / Hoogerheide we have 800 employees. This is what GKN Fokker ELMO is all about: quality and therefore airworthiness.

What we offer you

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Holiday Allowance – 8%
•    27 days holiday + 13 ADV
•    Commuting Allowance
•    Applicable Conditions; CLA Metalekro and Fokker Handbook
•    Pension – Fully meeting the provisions of the PME pension fund of the metal industry
•    An opportunity to earn profit dependent bonus
•    Voluntary Health Insurance
•    Voluntary Other Insurances


To make your start as successful as possible, we will provide you with an extensive training program.
The content and duration of this depends on the role and experience you bring and will take place at our location in Hoogerheide.
After this familiarisation period, during which you will get to know the processes within GKN Fokker Elmo extensively, you will start work in Papendrecht in collaboration with colleagues! 

Questions or Apply directly?

Please apply online by sending us your CV and motivation letter. Due to data privacy reasons we do not handle any applications sent by email. For additional questions you can contact: Glenn Duggert, Corporate Recruiter via email –

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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