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Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning

Date: Jan 14, 2022

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

** 12 month Fixed Term Contract with possibility of extension **

Provide Manufacturing Engineering capability to operational and development Programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. Accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Job Responsibilities

  • General
    • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
    • Responsible for the development of technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace, our customers and suppliers.
    • Deliver technical support of manufacturing process development and integration for production. 
    • Utilize root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
    • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
    • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
  • Product ME
    • Responsible for the development of manufacturing process solutions to complex problems through:
      • Accountable for the implementation of production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes to a high level of process capability through utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite.
      • Accountable for product development, first article development, configuration changes, build process definition and implementation.

Job Qualifications

     Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
o    Fully competent in own field of work, developing skills in other areas.
o    Increasingly able to provide Technical input at all levels of work
o    Capable of being a technical representative, representing the business at a customer / supplier meeting
o    Identifies and anticipates technical problems and offers solutions
o    Drives to complete the job on time and continually searches for better ways of doing things
o    Understands situations by analysing them logically and uses information in a systematic way identifying appropriate course of action for resolution. 
o    Ability to apply complex and non-routine analysis
     Participates in activities within a global technical community and understanding of the interface with broader business functions
o    Competent member of the technical community with a good understanding of other disciplines
o    Acts without supervision in own area whilst able to supervise others. 
o    Applies knowledge and skills to a range of activities
o    Understands the formal and informal structure of the business
o    Provides support to the technical community and show commercial awareness at local level
o    Recognises the culture and climate within the organisation
     Develops working relationships through team work, influencing, leadership, coaching and personal drive to succeed:
o    Sets example through own behaviour and attitude. Able to contribute to effective project plans
o    Proactive approach demonstrated in team environment to achieve knowledge management
o    Explains concepts to a variety of audiences and ensures meaning is understood
o    Creates formal networks with key-decision makers internally and externally
o    Coaches others to do their jobs better, take on new jobs and sustain their ability to meet the business need
o    Carries out Continuing Professional Development (CPD) necessary to ensure competence in areas identified and at the future professional level intended
o    Develops new ideas

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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