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Quality Systems Regulatory Knowledge & Compliance Lead

Date: Jan 7, 2022

Location: Bristol HQ, GB London, GB Luton, GB Blythe Valley, GB Bristol, GB Manchester, CT, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 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.

About the role

This role is all about influence. We are seeking a subject matter expert in Quality Systems – one who can be our Regulatory Knowledge Compliance Lead, but that’s only the starting point. This person will help us steer the business. They will ensure we maintain exemplary business and product quality, influencing decision-makers to ensure quality is embedded across the business. This is a role for someone who can build strong, trusting relationships and is comfortable sharing their expertise: you will liaise between GKNA and the regulatory 3rd parties to understand strategic direction, provide GKNA input into the development and change of standards and publications and share knowledge to best enable GKNA to adapt and develop/implement best practices. As a subject matter expert for the organization, you will advise on policies, compliance and risk to ensure GKNA are included as certified/approved entities. You will ensure QMS/BMS are compliant to requirements, adequate to needs and effective to objectives. As well as contributing to audit planning for compliance (including training and coaching others on the requirements), you will make a strategic difference to the business through supporting far-reaching improvement projects.

This position can be based in the Netherlands or Sweden, but will preferably be based in the UK

Your responsibilities

  • Be the GKN Aerospace subject matter expert in a specific area of Business and Quality Management Systems relating to regulatory and 3rd party requirements e.g EASA Part 21G, EASA/EMAR Part 21J, AS9100, EASA/EMAR/FAA14 CFR Part 145.  
  • You liaise with the regulatory/ 3rd parties such as EASA/FAA/IAQG to understand strategic direction, future changes and manage/provide GKN Aerospace participation/input into development and updates of standards and other relevant publications.
  • You define plans and policy proposals based on external and internal trends and factors relating to area of expertise.
  • You support the Quality Systems Audit and Development teams in the development of strategic audit approach and audit checklists to ensure QMS/BMS compliance and effectiveness.  
  • You provide expert support to the GKN Aerospace and included certified/approved entities to answer their questions on compliance or review non conformances
  • You support the organisation with 3rd party certification/surveillance audits in order to obtain/maintain certifications and approvals 
  • You identify and share opportunities for improvement and best practices to help ensure the continual improvement of the GKN Aerospace and included certified/approved entities QMS/BMS
  • You support the GKN Aerospace Global Process Owners, Global Standards Manager, Quality Excellence Development Leads and site leadership teams to plan, develop and review suitable means of compliance such as Global Standards and certified/approved entity QMS/BMS documented information and performance data to ensure QMS/BMS compliance and effectiveness.
  • You propagate the Quality Culture across GKN Aerospace.

What do you need to be successful in this role?

  • Subject matter expertise and detailed demonstrable domain knowledge of Aviation Regulations (EASA, FAA etc) & 3rd party quality requirements (AS9100 etc.).
  • Thorough understanding of how to translate requirements into effective Quality/Business Management Systems.
  • Knowledge in the use of risk based methods and techniques (ISO 13000) for QMS/BMS development, audit planning and management;
  • Skills to develop and deploy training courses to support knowledge share and conformity to job profiles of relevant functions.
  • Project management skills to perform/support improvement projects in area of expertise.
  • An effective communicator with experience in networking and stakeholder management 
  • IT skills: Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Thorough understanding of the content and application of the IAQG /  ISO Standards and IAQG
  • Appropriate ‘Executive disposition’ to represent GKN Aerospace in external organisations & forums.
  • Mentoring & coaching skills necessary to develop others. 
  • Industry experience within a Manufacturing environment (APQP) preferably aerospace/automotive. 
  • Knowledge of Business Process Management and the APQC Process Classification Framework.

In this role you are able to act as a business partner for all Leadership Team members on every site, have knowledge of business administration, BMS systems, audits, compliance and aviation regulations/standards. You are a good communicator and are able to influence your stakeholders

More information

For more information you can contact Jan Teeuw, business line quality systems director via jan.teeuw@fokker.com

Do you want to spread your wings and work in a global function? Apply via the apply now button. We are looking forward to your application.


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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