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Quality Director

Date: Mar 25, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Quality Director


The Quality Director is accountable for assessing GKN sites to determine compliance, robustness of systems and effectiveness at meeting the Quality Expectations (customer, regulatory and GKN requirements).  Pulling on their significant experience to identify gaps and frailties and act as a coach to the sites to share knowledge on how to improve.

Role Responsibilities

  • Lead the assessment of GKN sites to determine compliance to requirements, robustness of their systems and if Quality Expectations are being met and enable the delivery of the Quality improvement objectives
  • Support the development of the global Quality vision for Quality by providing technical direction on what world class performance looks like, collaboratively work with the global and business line Quality leaders to collaboratively define methods and processes
  • Share the vision for Quality in an engaging way and use influencing and communication skills to deliver change through the organization to achieve the Quality improvement goals
  • Provide executive reports based on the complex analysis of the assessments that clearly articulate the gaps and frailties and share insights and best practices on how to improve 
  • Review and monitor the corrective actions plans to ensure they are adequate and progress in a timely manner
  • Holistically analyze the results of the site assessments, identifying trends, systemic weaknesses and best practices to share
  • Develop and recommend improvement strategies and approaches
  • Act as coaches to COO’s and site leaders to strengthen the Quality understanding and ownership, to reduce risk and improve performance, through the sharing of expert knowledge and assessment of the systems
  • Complete complex analysis of the systems, tools and processes as well as competence of personnel to assess and draw conclusions on compliance and risk using expert knowledge

When will you be successful?

  • 5+ years experience gained from a Quality role within the Aerospace industries
  • Experience of effectively implementing Quality Systems including customer flow down, industry standards and regulatory requirements in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of line management to rapidly assess performance, culture and systems within complex organizations and cross functionally
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment
  • Experience of holding others accountable for delivering improvement plans
  • Experience of root cause corrective actions including facilitating and coaching teams and reviewing outputs
  • Experience of complex analysis of processes utilizing a broad source of inputs and data source

We are GKN Aerospace

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. 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.

Why join GKN Aerospace?

You will be working in an international environment with a local culture with the following package:

  • Max annual salary up to a maximum of € 140.000 based on full-time(depending on work experience and expertise). plus company car.
  • Possibility to earn a bonus 
  • Attractive pension.
  • 30 days off.
  • A flexible home working policy where you can work from home a few days a week.
  • Informal atmosphere in a dynamic and ambitious department.
  • Unique opportunity to work for a market leader.

You really have the impact on our mission in the Aerospace industry to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky.

Interested? Please apply via the GKN aerospace website. Hoping to welcome you onboard soon!

How to Apply

Are you interested in this position and does your background meet the requirements? Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button. Questions? Please contact our Recruiter Bart Hermsen via

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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