Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Industrial

Date: Sep 15, 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.

Job Summary

As a Senior Industrial Engineer in the aerospace industry, your primary responsibility will be to assess analyse and optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing processes and systems. You will play a crucial role in improving productivity, reducing costs, and ensuring stability in current production systems. Additionally, you will be involved in bid preparation and cost modelling to support project proposals and ensure competitiveness in the market.

Job Responsibilities

  • System Optimization: Analyse existing manufacturing processes, identify areas for improvement, and develop strategies to enhance efficiency, productivity, and quality. 
  • Manufacturing System design: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop production plans, determine facility layout, and optimize resource allocation. Ensure that workflow, material flow, and workstations are designed for maximum efficiency and safety.
  • Equipment and Technology Evaluation: In conjunction with the technology teams; Evaluate existing equipment and technology used in manufacturing processes, recommend upgrades or replacements, and direct investment of new tools to enhance productivity and reduce costs. Stay updated with emerging technologies and industry trends.
  • Bid Preparation and Cost Modelling: Support the preparation of bids and proposals by providing industrial engineering expertise. Collaborate with the business development team to develop accurate cost models and associated system layouts/designs, estimate resource requirements, and optimize project budgets to ensure competitiveness in the market.
  • Continuous Improvement: Lead continuous improvement initiatives within the function to by implementing best practices, developing the Industrial Architect & Industrial Engineer ways of working, promote statistical analysis and process control techniques to drive operational excellence and achieve key performance indicators (KPIs)..
  • Project Management: Collaborate with engineering teams to support the development and introduction of new products or processes. Ensure projects are completed within budget and on schedule, while meeting quality and safety requirements.
  • Team Leadership and Mentoring: Provide technical guidance and mentorship to colleague on industrial engineering concepts. Foster a collaborative work environment, promote knowledge sharing, and encourage professional development within the organisation.

Job Qualifications

  • Industrial Engineering Expertise: In-depth knowledge and experience in industrial engineering principles, methodologies, and tools. Strong understanding of aerospace manufacturing processes, including machining, assembly, and testing.
  • Aerospace Engineering/Manufacturing: Proficient in aerospace production and quality systems 
  • Process Optimization: Proven track record of successfully optimizing manufacturing processes & systems to enhance productivity, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Skilled in conducting time studies, process mapping, and implementing process control methodologies.
  • Bid Preparation and Cost Modelling: Experience in supporting bid preparation activities, including cost estimation, resource allocation, and project budget optimization. Familiarity with financial analysis and modelling techniques.
  • Project Management: Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects within aerospace manufacturing, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Strong organizational and planning skills, with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Analytical Thinking: Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to identify root causes, analyse data, and propose innovative solutions. Proficiency in statistical analysis and familiarity with software tools such as Minitab or Excel.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, present complex technical information to stakeholders, and influence decision-making.
  • For internal candidates, they must be a certified Zero Defect Practitioner and 6σ Green Belt. External candidates to demonstrate equivalent capability in problem solving and process control
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Detailed knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken

Whats in it for you.

Besides an innovative and international work environment that offers you a good work-life balance, we offer you opportunities to learn and grow, a competitive salary (Grade L2), pension plan, 29 vacation days / 13 ADV days and travel allowance (from 10 km single journey) as well.

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 Joanne Grafton via

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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