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Campus HR Director

Date: Nov 10, 2022

Location: Papendrecht, 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.

Job Summary

This concerns a new position for the new multi-technology campus in Papendrecht. A new campus is being built, bringing together Aero Structures, Landing gears and Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems technologies in 1 location. Globally, GKN Aerospace's largest site with a total of almost 2.000 employees

As The Campus HR Director you are responsible for collaborating with the Site Leadership Team to understand operations goals, strategies and to identify opportunities to increase organizational effectiveness and productivity.  As The Campus HR Director, you will develop and execute human capital strategies and initiatives that enable growth, innovation, overall organizational effectiveness, and change management. Additionally, The Campus HR Director drives corporate initiatives with the local team and communicates how these programs fit in with the overall business and HR strategies. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Takes initiative to build and cultivate strong partnerships with site leaders to offer thought leadership on organizational and people-related strategies and execution to ensure a high-performing and engaged workforce
  • Drive goal achievement by creating and implementing HR initiatives tailored to business needs
  • Act as an influential advisor and a credible Human Resources Leader / Business Partner through identifying and driving change by owning end to end execution of all HR functional work
  • Ensure team attracts, develops and retains high quality talent at all levels in a continuous pipeline
  • Act as a thought partner for Site leadership team to ensure the site’s people and organization strategy is a key enabler to achieving site goals
  • Partner with HR Center of Excellence (COE’s) to provide proactive guidance and support of HR initiatives that align the human resources strategies in support of key business strategies and initiatives
  • Leads cultural change through strategic HR programs in collaboration with business leaders with a strong emphasis on talent management and development;
  • Present relevant metrics and insights to the business to drive the focus and execution of Human Resources strategies
  • Be both strategic and hands-on, providing Human Resources expertise in the areas of organizational development, coaching/development, change management, compensation, conflict management, employee relations, and more.

Requirements and skills

  • 7+ years of HR Generalist experience in all functional areas of human resources (i.e. staffing, compensation, benefits, EEO reprting (US only), labour law, etc.), including leadership experience as well as experience in a manufacturing environment.  Full understanding of the way an organization operates to meet its objectives
  • Excellent knowledge of employment legislation and regulations
  • Thorough knowledge of human resource management principles and best practices
  • A business acumen partnered with attention to the human element
  • Knowledge of data analysis and reporting
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Diligent and firm with high ethical standards
  • BSc/BA in human resources, business administration or relevant field; MSc/MA in human resources will be a plus.



  • Experience in human resources management in an aerospace manufacturing environment highly preferred.


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.
  • Eigble for a bonus scheme
  • 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.

More Information

For more information about this very dynamic and prominent role, you can contact Bart Hermsen on
Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner.

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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