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Engineering Team Lead - Product Engineering (Design)

Date: Sep 13, 2021

Location: Portsmouth, GB

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

GKN Portsmouth sits within the GKN Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of Fuel Tank and Flotation Systems for both civil and military sectors. Our customer’s trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their creativity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open; sharing plans for the future, driving retention by offering demanding and exciting work, whilst developing, coaching, guiding and mentoring.


We are currently looking for a permanent Engineering Lead to join our design team. The role reports directly to the Director of Design Engineering and involves leading and developing the Engineering team under their control in both the creation of design solutions to win new contracts as well as support for the existing product portfolio.

We are looking for a qualified engineer who has a record of accomplishment in leading product design and development. You will be a dynamic individual who is able to build and develop a team as well as lead technical projects.

Job Responsibilities

•    Lead diverse design engineering team ensuring the correct resource is available to deliver programme goals.
•    Create a positive workplace environment by managing team performance and engagement. 
•    Responsible for the technical and personal development of the team, setting challenging but attainable goals.
•    Provide key performance indicators for team activities to the senior engineering management team.
•    Lead continuous improvement within the engineering team to ensure safe working environment, improve quality, reduce waste, and establish best practice is followed within the team.

•    Develop product requirements working directly with the customer and internal stakeholders.
•    Propose initial design solutions and mature the selected solution through to manufacture.
•    Identify and anticipate technical problems and define solutions.
•    Lead technical and customer reviews, including formal internal cross-functional gate reviews with senior GKN management.
•    Ensure technical support for existing programmes is maintained. 

You should be a self-starter looking to become an integral and valuable member of the wider leadership team. Someone with the planning and communication abilities to make a real contribution to complex engineering projects, with the skill to ensure key work packages are executed to meet deadlines. Someone willing to question why, continuously improve, and stretch out of their comfort zone whilst developing individuals to reach their full potential and build the next generation of aerospace components.


•    Demonstrable track record in leading technical teams.
•    Prior experience in an aerospace R&D or design environment.
•    Technical project management skills – developing and integrating with the wider programme plan and functions.

•    Knowledge of aerospace design processes, such as ARP4754/4761 and the tools/methods contained therein, (or military equivalents).
•    An understanding of aerospace regulatory and requirements with such as 14 CFR Part 25 and 748/2012 and acceptable means of compliance, (or military equivalents).
•    ILS, MTBF prediction, maintainability and supportability.

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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