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Engineering Manager - Phoenix, AZ

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Phoenix, AZ, 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.


Job Summary

As a member of the site leadership team, the Engineering Manager is accountable for delivering Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Engineering solutions to the Programs and Operations organizations. This will include creating a Zero Defect culture through the application of the Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite to ensure industry leading quality performance, guaranteeing on time delivery. The role will also be accountable for delivering year on year conversion cost productivity targets in collaboration with the site leadership team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mindset and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  • Building and leading a high performance, multi-disciplined Manufacturing Engineering organization. This includes managing talent selection, training, development, engagement, ongoing performance and succession planning.
  • Budgetary ownership for the site Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Accountable for delivering annual quality improvement targets for the site, enabling year on year conversion cost target realization.
  • Developing the Zero Defects Manufacturing (ZDM) mindset and culture into the site Manufacturing Engineering organization through implementation of standard ZDM tool suite and APQP process.
  • Developing close relationships with Program teams to deliver manufacturing engineering solutions in line with customer requirements and expectations.
  • Accountable for sustaining and improving Program & Product manufacturing engineering systems in line with business case expectations.
  • Exhibits commitment to quality performance in all aspects of every task or project performed.
  • Maintains a constant awareness towards safety in the workplace and notifies supervision immediately of hazardous conditions and practices.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical) required.
  • 5+ years of experience/technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Experience of managing New Product / Process introduction (industrialization) & existing production process improvements required.
  • Working knowledge of LEAN processes and practices, including experience in leading multiple projects, required.

Additional Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering leadership preferred.
  • Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent preferred.
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, FAA CFR 145, FAA Part 21 preferred.
  • Working knowledge of RCCA, 8D, MRB or similar/equivalent management processes.
  • Advanced degree in Business or Engineering.
  • Knowledge of Honeywell SPOCS, eCATS ,HASP, and NetInspect and of Textron specifications.
  • Project / Program Management.
  • Ability to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organization.
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken.
  • Strong organizational skills.

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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