Senior Aeronautical Stress Engineer

Date: Sep 9, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

What are we looking for?

Are you a Senior Structural Engineer experienced in stress engineering analysis of aerostructures? And are you looking for a new role within an international team which supports global operations? Then you are at the right place, because our Centre of Competence - Design & Analysis is growing and we are looking for this person that has an in-depth knowledge in structural engineering of aerostructures, has a critical mindset and the ability to find creative solutions. The Senior Structural Engineer - Stress we are looking for is a self-starter, they can motivate their fellow team members and can take the lead within a team of experts. 

Your role as Senior Structural Engineer - Stress

As the Senior Structural Engineer - Stress, you are a member of the CoC Engineering Analysis team focusing on aerostructures. You perform static, dynamic and fatigue calculations based on FE simulations and hand calculations. You are responsible for checking various types of aircraft parts and assemblies, but also for performing structural strength tests by correlating them with the results of the theoretical analysis. Your engineering work is focused on both composite and metal structures, including strength analysis, stiffness, buckling and stability strength, attachment and connection strength, fatigue and damage analysis/tolerance. All the analyses and calculations should be performed in accordance with the corresponding airworthiness requirements.

Your qualifications

We are looking for a Senior Structural Engineer - Stress who will bring passion for what they do, they will take initiative in finding solutions and will share their expertise in the field of structural engineering. In order to do this, we are looking for a Senior Structural Engineer - Stress who has at least 7 years of experience and is able to independently perform analytical calculations and work with FE programs such as Patran and Nastran. Furthermore, the Senior Structural Engineer has the following qualifications:

  • BSc/MSc in Aerospace / Automotive / Mechanical Engineering,
  • Affinity with complex technical systems,
  • Knowledge of materials and processes, preferably in aerospace,
  • Extensive experience in static strength and fatigue analyses of both metal and composite structures (hand calculations & FE simulations),
  • Experience using CATIA to retrieve design data, 
  • Held previously (delegated) signature authority,
  • Experience in managing and coaching technical teams, 
  • Critical mindset, quality oriented,
  • Analytical skills in combination with practical mindset,
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and write technical documentation. 

What do we offer?

Our organization demonstrates passion for innovation and our employees are rightly proud for what we engineer and build. This is a truly challenging work environment: a role where you contribute as an individual but also as a member of a diverse (international) team of experts. At GKN Aerospace, we not only provide you with the tools to perform at the best of your capabilities, but we also support and promote your technical and personal development. Furthermore, we offer:

  • A gross monthly salary starting at € 4.530, depending on your knowledge and experience, 
  • 8% holiday allowance,
  • 42 paid holidays for full-time employment (29 holidays and 13 ADV days),
  • Working conditions according to the CAO Metalektro, including an excellent pension scheme (PME) and travel allowance,
  • Profit sharing scheme,
  • A pleasant and informal working environment, in which we work together to achieve the best result for our customers in a pleasant atmosphere.


Next to a competitive package, we will offer you a world of opportunities: we want to see your career fly! We will support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities. That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!

Extra information

Where do you work? Your office is located in Papendrecht, but we have a hybrid work model. Some travelling will be required, since this role is international. 

Work schedule: we expect you to be available to work full-time (40 or 32 hours per week).

Procedure? You can apply by clicking on the 'apply' button and attaching your CV and (preferably) your cover letter. For questions you can contact our Talent Acquisition Specialist Marina Monogyiou at

You can expect a first chat with the Talent Acquisition Specialist and possibly 1 or 2 online/F2F interviews with the hiring manager and members of the team. 


We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further.  And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology. ​

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